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Opening Plenary Session

Monday, March 21, 2022
 8:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. CT


Opening Plenary Keynote Address


The Science and Power of Hope 

 Internationally renowned researcher, Dr. Chan Hellman, will share his insight on how the Science and Power of Hope can buffer adversity and stress; provide better psychological, social, and behavioral outcomes for children and adults; and can be increased and sustained by targeted interventions.  The development of Hope can be applied individually, organizationally, and in our communities to overcome the impacts of trauma and adversity.  Dr. Hellman’s presentation provides an opportunity to learn about the core tenants of goals, pathways, and agency (willpower) thinking. Participants leave with practical knowledge to apply in their own lives; and knowledge about how Hope impacts our individual and collective experiences. This presentation will provide individuals and organizations with the foundation for a shared language to use Hope in everyday settings. 



Dr. Chan Hellman is an internationally recognized authority in hope science. His transformational work has been adopted by nonprofits, public agencies and municipalities around the world.  

Dr. Hellman received his bachelor’s in Educational Psychology from Oklahoma State with a Specialization in Research, Evaluation, Measurements and Statistics, his masters from the University of Central Oklahoma and his Ph.D. from Northwestern Oklahoma State University.  

Dr. Hellman is internationally renowned for his work on building a hope centered response to trauma.  With over 150 scholarly publications and countless workshop in the areas of child maltreatment, domestic violence, homelessness, etc., he has focused his work on sharing the science and power of hope in our ability to overcome trauma and thrive.  

Dr. Hellman has trademarked Hope Centered and Trauma Informed as the evidence-based framework to guide individual practice and coordinated community responses to trauma. The Hope Framework is about building goals and helping people navigate pathways, it is trauma-informed and hope-centered. 

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Chan M. Hellman, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Professor
Hope Research Center
Tulsa, Oklahoma