Resiliency In Action
  March 21, 2012  

I am coming to New York to speak at a conference May 10...and you can save money by piggy backing a training for your organization! IF I can connect a training to an event I am already providing, transportation and other costs are less. See below for more details...or contact me at or at 800-440-5171 to get more information or work out details.

I just returned from conducting a training for World Education in Boston, an international organization dedicated to adult literacy worldwide. Training participants were so appreciative of the resiliency approach, including its focus on assessing and building on strengths...

The BEST strengths assessment information I have ever found comes from Dr. Dennis Saleebey, author of The Strengths Approach in Social Work Practice. See below for details of Dr. Saleebey's approach and excellent protocol for assessing strengths...

Arrange a Training to Coincide with my May 10 event in New York and SAVE...

Resiliency Training is Needed Now More Than Ever... since it is scientifically connected to academic success, life success, and overcoming adversity and obstacles...

Topics I can focus on in my training include:
  1. The Resiliency Approach to Academic and Life Success
  2. How Schools, Families, and Communities Build "Bounce Back Kids"
  3. Overcoming Trauma, Crises, and/or Despair: What Works
  4. The Resiliency Approach to Building Authentic Self-Esteem
  5. Build Your Resiliency, Change Your Life
  6. The Resiliency Training Program Training of Trainers

My "customers" (who have contracted my resiliency training) include:

  • National Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Job Corps, Americorps;
  • Vermont Dept. of Education, California Dept. of Education, Colorado Dept. of Education; Pennsylvania Dept. of Education; New Hampshire Department of Education, Maine Dept. of Education
  • State of Texas Safe and Drug-Free Schools Initiative, Texas Elementary Principals Association;
  • University of Southern Maine, Loyola Marymount University (Los Angeles), Texas A & M University;
  • New Zealand National Federation of Children's Health Camps, New Zealand Ministry of Education;
  • Calgary (Canada) Regional Educational Consortium, Winnipeg (Canada) Schools, BB/BS Swiftcurrent, Saskatchewan;
  • Regional Educational Centers in Texas, New York, Wisconsin, Kansas, Minnesota, Washington, Ohio, Pennsylvania;
  • Nebraska Association of Prevention Professionals, Ohio Network for Training and Assistance for Schools and Communities, New York Dept. of Juvenile Justice; New York City Department of Education
  • Individual School Districts and Agencies in 43 U.S. states; and the
  • National School Counselors Association; National Association of Leaders in Student Assistance Programs; & National Association of School Social Workers.

    And I can tailor a training for your organization! For more information, e-mail or call 800-440-5171.


    THIS is the Way to Do an Effective (and Potentially Life-Changing) Strengths Assessment

    ...which is an important foundation of building resiliency. According to Dr. Dennis Saleebey, author of The Strengths Perspective In Social Work Practice, it is important to...

    ASK...Survival Questions* How have you managed to survive (or thrive) thus far, given all the challenges you have had to contend with? * How have you been able to rise to the challenges put before you? * What was your mind-set as you faced these difficulties? * What have you learned about yourself and your world during your struggles? * Which of these difficulties have given you special strength, insight, or skill? * What are the special qualities on which you can rely?
    Support Questions
    * What people have given you special understanding, support, and guidance? * Who are the special people on whom you can depend? * What is it that these people give you that is exceptional? * How did you find them or how did they come to you? * What did they respond to in you? * What associations, organizations, or groups have been especially helpful to you in the past?
    Exception Questions
    * When things were going well in life, what was different? * In the past, when you felt that your life was better, more interesting, or more stable, what about your world, your relationships, your thinking was special or different? * What parts of your world and your being would you like to recapture, reinvent, or relive? * What moments or incidents in your life have given you special understanding, resilience, and guidance?
    Possibility Questions
    * What now do you want out of life? * What are your hopes, visions, and aspirations? * How far along are you toward achieving these? * What people or personal qualities are helping you move in these directions? * What do you like to do? * What are your special talents and abilities? * What fantasies and dreams have given you special hope and guidance? * How can I help you achieve your goals or recover those special abilities and times that you have had in the past?
    Esteem Questions
    * When people say good things about you, what are they likely to say? * What is it about your life, yourself, and your accomplishments that give you real pride? * How will you know when things are going well in your life-what will you be doing, who will you be with, how will you be feeling, thinking, and acting? * What gives you genuine pleasure in life? * When was it that you began to believe that you might achieve some of the things you wanted in life? * What people, events, and ideas were involved?

    (Compiled by New Partnership for Children and Families * University of Wisconsin - Green Bay Family-Centered Case Assessment and Planning)

    From The Strengths Perspective in Social Work Practice ,Dennis Saleebey, University of Kansas: Allyn & Bacon.

    Even if you don't think of yourself as a social worker, Dr. Saleebey's writing on using the strengths perspective will be a tremendous asset.

    Dr. Saleebey believes that every person, group, and community has:

    • C: Competencies, Capacities, Courage, Character
    • P: Promise, Purpose, Possibility
    • R: Resources, Resilience, Relationships, Resourcefulness, Resolve, and Reserves
    Any healing and/or helping must include these 3 strengths-based perspectives.

    (From The Strengths Perspective In Social Work Practice, 4th Edition, p. 10)


    Dr. Saleebey's Book is Now in It's 5th Edition!
    And it is an invaluable resource for every educator, counselor, social worker, and all others who work to foster resilient outcomes in children, youth, adults, and families.

    Read an Interview with Dr. Saleebey in The New Edition of Resiliency In Action :

    It has been called "the bible" of the resiliency/strengths-based approach, an invaluable resource with filled with research, "best practices," and hands-on strategies for every educator, counselor, agency worker, youth volunteer, and all others who help children and youth.

    This new edition includes:

    • A section on "Resiliency and the Brain"
    • The most recent research linking resiliency- building strategies and academic success
    • Information on why children and youth MUST have movement and play...and how IT connects to academic success
    • How arts education and social/emotional learning are "hidden" contributors to student achievement
    • "How to Change the 'At-Risk' Paradigm" by Steve and Sybil Wolin
    • The connection between Resiliency, Asset Development, and Positive Youth Development
    • Chapters by Emmy Werner, Peter Benson, Bonnie Benard, Nan Henderson, and other leaders in the field
    • Practical, specific strategies that can be used immediately to move children and youth "from risk to resilient" AND MUCH MORE



    CLICK HERE TO ORDER Resiliency In Action: Practical Ideas for Overcoming Risks and Building Strengths in Youth, Families & Communities

    I hope to see you soon at a training for your school or organization!


    Nan Henderson
    Resiliency In Action

    phone: 800-440-5171
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