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Bob VandePol

Who Bounces Back?

The Characteristics of Resilient People and Organizations


8:00am - 9:00am

Virtual Event

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$20.00 at the Door

Life can be very, very difficult….but have you ever noticed how during challenging circumstances some people remain victims, some quickly bounce back as survivors, and some demonstrate post-traumatic growth to emerge as “survivors?”. This presentation will describe characteristics of those who bounce back and propose personal and organizational resilience strategies. Crisis leadership communication skills and development of a resilient organizational culture will be emphasized.

Bob VandePol MSW serves as Executive Director of Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services’ Employee Assistance and Church Assistance programs where he leverages behavioral health expertise to support healthy, productive people and groups. Prior to joining the Pine Rest team, he was President of Crisis Care Network, helping to lead it from a startup to the world’s largest provider of Critical Incident Response services to the workplace. Active as a keynote speaker, Mr. VandePol has published and been quoted in business and clinical journals, co-authored book chapters addressing workplace response to tragedy, and has been featured as subject matter expert in numerous video training series. He managed CCN’s Command Center in Manhattan after the 2001 terrorist attacks and led teams in response to high-profile tragedies including the Boston Marathon bombing; Aurora, Sandy Hook, and Las Vegas
shootings; natural disasters, and our nation’s prominent university-based tragedies. He frequently consults with businesses, universities, schools, and churches regarding how leaders can accelerate organizational recovery following crises.

Special projects and publications have engaged diverse professional groups. Selected
involvements include:

  • Co-Chaired the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention’s Workplace Taskforce
  • Served as Board Member for the National Behavioral Consortium
  • Developed Peer Support trainings and provided consultation for multiple law enforcement and fire safety organizations.
  • Developed Resilience programs for hospitals, residential treatment facilities, manufacturers, and medical professional liability insurers.
  • Authored Death by Suicide: Whose Fault Was It? In Construction Executive
  • Authored How to Contain the Chaos and Empower Your Employees During a Crisis and Leadership in Times of Crisis: Critical Incident Response After Tragedy in Risk and Resilience HUB.
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