The Science and Power of Hope

smiling students

September 13, 2019
9 am–noon




Hope is an important protective factor that enables students and families to thrive. It is also an important coping resource to vicarious trauma and burnout among education and service providers. Hope is the most predictive indicator of well-being in a person’s life in all the research done on trauma, illness, and resiliency.  This workshop will present the science of hope as a psychological strength in our ability to cope with traumatic experiences and flourish toward future goals. This seminar will show how hope: (1) predicts adaptive outcomes; and. (2) buffers the effects of adversity. Participants will learn the steps to assess, teach and nurture.

This event is sponsored by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction in collaboration with Mentor Washington and the Washington State Department of Children, Youth and Family.


Chan M. Hellman, Ph.D., is a professor in the Anne & Henry Zarrow School of Social Work and is also an Adjunct Professor in the Departments of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics for the Oklahoma University (OU) College of Medicine and Department of Health Promotion Sciences for the OU College of Public Health. Chan’s current research focuses on the application of hope theory. In particular, he is interested in how organization impact student/client hope, and how hope is associated with positive goal attainment and well-being in those experiencing adversity and stress.


  • Date: September 13, 2019
  • Time: 9 am–noon
  • Location: Capital Region ESD 113 (6005 Tyee Dr SW, Tumwater, WA 98512)
  • Cost: FREE