From Challenge to Growth--Meaning-Making and Post-Traumatic Growth

Presentation Description: In life and work, the challenges will keep coming. This session explores the growth that can come from difficult times and challenging situations. Presenters will introduce the concept of post-traumatic growth and how finding meaning from experiences can be protective and strengthening for resilience and overall mental health and wellness.

  • Upon completion, participants will be able to understand what happens to your neurological, physical, psychological, emotional, and spiritual health when you listen to traumatic stories day after day by exploring the characteristics of post-traumatic growth and vicarious trauma.
  • Upon completion, participants will be able to safeguard well-being by examining how meaning-making can be used as a powerful protective factor.
  • Upon completion, participants will be able to recognize the characteristics of growth including greater appreciation of life, sense of increased personal strength, and the sense for greater possibilities.

Anthony Maez

Deputy Commander

The Innocent Justice Foundation

Anthony Maez, BS is a recognized national trainer and lecturer in various areas of law enforcement. He has provided extensive training on violent crime investigations, technology used to stalk, internet crimes against children, and human trafficking investigations. Drawing on his vast knowledge, he authored several investigative guides for law enforcement and prosecutors in these critical subjects.

Beth Medina

CEO/Program Director

The Innocent Justice Foundation

Beth Medina, MFT serves as the CEO/Program Director at The Innocent Justice Foundation where she works in collaboration with the SHIFT and HART teams and provides oversight for the programs. Beth has more than 20 years of experience in non-profit, education and mental health fields. She is an International speaker, trainer and advocate on topics related to trauma recovery and mental health and wellness. She holds a Master's Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and a B.A. in Political Science/History.

Anthony M. Maez is a Deputy Commander with the Albuquerque Police Department (APD) and former Special Agent in Charge with the Office of New Mexico Attorney General and the Commander of the New Mexico Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) and Human Trafficking Task Forces. Anthony has been in law enforcement in New Mexico for over 34 years. Anthony trains and consults nationally and internationally for the Innocent Justice Foundation, Supporting Heroes in Mental Health Foundational Training (SHIFT). He holds Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Education from Wayland Baptist University and a Master of Arts in Business and Organizational Security Management from Webster University.


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