Science of Hope Comes to Thurston County

Photo credit: Gary Galbreath.

Submitted by The Thurston County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office

In collaboration with TOGETHER!, Family Support Center of South Sound, Thurston Thrives, and the United Way of Thurston County, the Thurston County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office is excited to announce The Science of Hope workshops with Dr. Chan Hellman, a nationally recognized researcher in Hope theory and research. As part of the Thurston Thrives community wide effort in creating a strong, healthy, and safe community – the Science of HOPE brings together community partners in creating positive community impact.

What is the Science of Hope? Hope is a cognitive process requiring the capacity to develop pathways toward a desirable goal and the ability to direct and sustain mental energy toward those paths. Hope is the result of “will power” plus “way power!”

Why is the Science of Hope so impactful to our community? Having high levels of Hope improves coping skills, buffers against stress, predicts achievement, enhances positive relationships, and promotes healthy adaptive behaviors and resiliency. Research tells us that Hope is a leading indicator of success in relationships, academics, career, and business.

Because Hope has such a positive impact on building thriving communities and individuals, we are thrilled to bring Dr. Hellman to Thurston County. Specializing in research, evaluation, measurement and statistics, Dr. Hellman is one of the nation’s leading researchers on understanding and measuring Hope and the concept of Hope as a social gift.

All Science of Hope workshops are free and open to the public – pre-registration is required. All the details about the workshops and registration can be found here.

Workshops include: Building Hopeful Communities, Building Hopeful Organizations, Hope on the Front Lines, The Economic Value of Hope, and Hope in Education.

All workshops will be held at the SPSCC Lacey Campus, located at 4220 6th Ave SE, Lacey.

Additional information on Thurston Thrives. http://thurstonthrives.org/news/.

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