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Resilience

We are shaped by our experiences and our environments. It’s how we interpret the world around us that can shape our development.

With that in mind, what does it mean to be resilient?

We often think resilience is something that just comes naturally. However, resilience needs to be taught and modeled. Resilience is how we each respond to adversity, trauma, or tragedy. Resilience is how we deal with difficult situations and move forward from them. We can continually add tools and skills to our wellness toolbox to adapt to life’s challenges in more positive ways. Many resilience building blocks look small and are often simple. Together they can form a solid foundation (or Cornerstone, if you will), on which the capacity to thrive is built. Thriving communities are those that recognize the importance and support building both individual and community resilience.

a few tips

  • Calming oneself. Managing emotions is hard. Start using five deep breathes or counting to ten to help your child calm down.
  • Expressing feelings. When are able to recognize our different emotions and give names to them, we can work to tame those feelings.
  • Giving choices. This helps build decision-making skills and teachings that every choice has a consequence (some good and some not).
  • Mastering a skill. It takes time to learn and master new skills. In doing so, children learn competence, perseverance, and commitment.
  • Showing empathy. Think about being a child and the feelings of being small and powerless. Modeling this behavior and sensitivity will serve your family well during these tough times and beyond.
  • Developing self-esteem. Our self-esteem begins with the messages we receive from our parents and caregivers. Celebrate successes, even small ones. Let children know that you love them for who they are and not what you want them to be.

Mindfulness jars are a good way to calm yourself.

RESOURCES

reading

Resilience Questionnaire

For Adults:

  • SelfRegby Stuart Shanker
  • Your Survival Instinct is Killing Youby Marc Schoen
  • A Force for Goodby Daniel Goldman with Dalai Lama
  • Help for Billyby Heather Forbes
  • Childhood DisruptedandLast Best Cureby Donna Jackson Nakazawa
  • Managing Emotional Mayhem by Becky Bailey
  • Born forLove and TheBoy Who was Raised as a Dog and Other Stories from a Child Psychiatrist’s Notebookby Dr. Bruce Perry
  • The Deepest Wellby Dr. Nadine Burke Harris
  • The Whole Brain Childby Dr. Daniel J. Siegel and Dr. Tina Payne Bryson
  • Trauma Stewardshipby Laura van Dernoot Lipsky with Connie Burk
  • The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Traumaby Bessel van der Kolk, M.D.
  • Teachers’ Guide to Trauma: 20 things kids with trauma wish their teachers knewby Dr. Melissa Sadin and Nathan Levy
  • Community: the Structure of Belongingby Peter Block
  • Bowling Aloneby Robert Putman (he has other books as well)
  • Transformational Resilienceby Bob Doppelt
  • Inner Matrixby Joel Klein
  • Transforming Anxietyby Heartmath Institute
  • The Resilience Factorby Karen Reivich and Andrew Shatte
  • Building Resilience in Children and Teensby Ken Ginsburg
  • Creating Sanctuary: Toward the Evolution of Sane Societiesby Sandra Bloom
  • Lost Connectionsby Johann Hari
  • How Emotions are Madeby Lisa Feldman Barrett

For Kids:

  • The Most Magnificent Thingby Ashley Spires
  • Chrysanthemumby Kevin Henkes
  • The Girl Who Never Made MistakesbyGary Rubinstein and Mark Pett
  • I Am Enoughby Grace Byers
  • Ricky The Rock That Couldn’t Rollby Jay Miletsky
  • Sticksby Diane Alber
  • The Invisible Boyby Trudy Ludwig
  • The Magic Hat Shopby Sonja Wimmer

Check out these apps

  • Stop, Breathe & Think
  • Mindfulness for Children
  • Thrive Global
  • Smiling Mind
  • Sleep Meditations for Kids
  • Breathe, Think, Do Sesame
  • Calm
  • DreamyKid
  • Headspace
  • Kids Yoga Deck
  • Breathing Bubbles
  • Positive Penguins
  • Emotionary
  • Super Stretch Yoga
  • Super Better
  • Say it…Or not?
  • Do it… Or not?

 

RESILIENCE WATCHING

“Paper Tigers: One High School’s Unlikely Success Story”– Chronicles a year in the life of Lincoln High School in Walla Walla, Wash. Lincoln’s principal implements radical changes to the school’s approach to discipline. The film shows how students go from getting into fights and being on the cusp of dropping out to finding healing, support and academic promise.

“Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope”– Delves into the science of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) and a new movement to treat and prevent toxic stress.

“Inside Out”– This Pixar animated film is a great family conversation-starter, and helps viewers of all ages think about how the various emotions they are born with—fear, anger, sadness, joy—govern their actions and reactions.

YouTube ϰϲʹ Prevention Services – Trauma and Resilience Play List

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Register for a future training:

 

 

Understanding Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Building Self-Healing Communities” covers how adverse childhood experiences can affect brain development, the ACE Study, and how community resilience can support those affected by trauma. Training sessions can vary from a 30-minutes overview to a 4-hour comprehensive training.

Community Resilience Initiative: Course 1: Trauma-Informedis a 6-hour course covering NEAR Science (Neuroscience, Epigenetics, the ACE Study, and Resilience), Brain States, and ROLES strategies for individuals seeking a trauma-informed certification. Course 1 is a prerequisite for Course 2.

Community Resilience InitiativeCourse 2: Trauma-Supportiveis a 6-hour course that uses the science of resiliency to prevent and address trauma while sharing promising strategies to build culturally and contextually resilience individuals and communities. (Course 1 is a prerequisite for Course 2.)

is an 8-hour certification course that teaches participants the risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems, builds understanding of the importance of early intervention, and teaches individuals how to helps someone who is in crisis or experiencing a mental health or substance misuse challenge.

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