Darla Henry & Associates
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Klingberg Family Centers of Connecticut 
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March 2015


The emergence of spring after a long winter can evoke many thoughts and feelings.  Some are urged to do spring cleaning, others to work the soil but the coming of Spring always reminds me of the resilient qualities of nature.    


Based on the premise that children are resilient and have, within them, the capabilities to mourn the losses they have lived, and to engage in renewing and rebuilding relationships, the model promotes the belief that children are whole, not broken. While they may have been victimized, they are not viewed as victims. As we see signs of spring unfold around us, lets be renewed in our efforts to support the work of children, youth and families in grieving their losses and rebuilding their relationships towards the goals of well-being, safety and permanency. 


What Makes a Resilient Mind?

The article written by Karen Brown seeks to shed some light on this question and challenges us in our thinking about resilience & trauma.

Here's an excerpt form the article and you can read the entire article by clicking here.


One theory-put forth by Dr. Bruce McEwen at Rockefeller University in New York-refers to "allostatic load," or the level of stress that puts the body off balance physiologically. McEwen suggests that living in great stress or fear while the brain is still developing leads to an overproduction of the stress hormones like cortisol and adrenaline, and that in turn can overwhelm the stress response system and promote later disease.


Another school of thought suggests some hardship may, in fact, shore up resilience later in life. Michael Rutter thinks about this theory in terms of infection, where early exposure to a germ can inoculate you later on. "There have been people who have seen it as the goal of removing from children all stresses, challenges, and adversity," Rutter says. "And I think that's a totally wrong headed notion."

The Therapeutic Value of Snowmen

Yes! Building snowmen can be therapeutic. Incorporating a positive, family activity builds rapport and trust, and helps our kids to open up. I'm a firm believer that we need to keep our kids active during sessions. Incorporating physical activity into our sessions, keeps them engaged and provides teaching and therapeutic moments. Those moments may not be planned so the 3-5-7 Modelİ worker needs to stay on his or her toes to recognize and utilize each moment. Working in the home allows for more creative activities for youth and their families, like building a snowman, playing basketball or taking walks. During a recent session, we built snowmen. The family and I were working together towards a common goal and as a team.  We decided to build a snow person family. It allowed me to observe the dynamics of the family members and how they worked together as well as continued our rapport building which is always on going.   This activity, like many activities, was also great for teaching coping skills and anger management skills.         

Contributed by Kelly Little, a 3-5-7 Modelİ champion in Pennsylvania  
ACTIVITY -  3-5-7 Modelİ Tool Box Spring Cleaning!

Did the spring cleaning bug bite you?  If so, here is a suggestion for applying that energy toward your 3-5-7 Modelİ activities. In last year's June Newsletter we suggested developing a "tool kit" of supplies  to help you be prepared for working with your children and youth using the 3-5-7 Modelİ.  Now is a great time to organize and restock that tool kit.


If the 3-5-7 Modelİ is new to you then see below for a list of supplies that you will want to keep on hand for engaging in activities with your youth.  Most are items that can be found in your local office supply store, or even in your own home! Start a box of supplies that you can keep with you, readily accessible when you need them.  Here are some of the basic, most commonly used supplies:

  • 8.5 x 11 Paper, various color/white
  • 8.5 x 11 card stock
  • Markers
  • Pens
  • Colored pencils
  • Pencils
  • Crayons
  • Camera
  • Small prizes/trinkets
  • Magazines, scissors, glue, paper, markers, stickers
  • Paper plates
  • Yarn
  • Hole punch
  • Craft beads
  • Feathers
  • Scissors
  • Strips of colorful construction paper cut into 1" x 6" strips
  • Glue
  • Colored construction paper, standard sizes
  • Tape
  • Envelopes
  • Large (1/2 gallon or more) picture
  • Assortment of different sized glasses
  • Index cards
  • Different colors of sand
  • Small containers with lids for sand
  • Teaspoon
  • Stickers
  • Clay or Play-Doh
  • Various sized rocks
  • Empty bags (brown lunch bag size)
  • Variety of beads
  • String for beads
  • Paper clips
  • End roll of newsprint (can be obtained from local newspaper publisher)
  • Bits of colored or hand-made papers (for collages)
  • Candles/candle holders
  • Lighter/matches (for staff use only)
  • Craft pens
  • Bouncy balls
  • Plastic ball
  • Jengaİ game
  • Sharpieİ markers
Consider asking a local craft supply or office supply stores to help you gather the supplies that you need.  Many community groups are also looking for ways to support your work, and would welcome the opportunity to gather these types of items for you!