Resiliency research points to key components of an **effective resiliency-building program** in schools, agencies, churches, or any organization. Read on to find out what you should make sure is in place in any program designed to move participants from stress, risk, and struggle to greater health and wellness.
Why Try? is a K-12 "resilience-building curriculum" that is widely used across the U.S. and has some great research documenting its success in preventing school drop-out, reducing violence, preventing substances abuse and other risk behaviors, and increasing social and emotional learning skills. More about this curriculum is included below...
...and also included are some photos from the April 15 & 16 Resiliency Training Program. It was the most international ever, with participants from 6 U.S. states, Guam, and 4 countries, including Japan and Egypt!
Four components of an effective resiliency-building program...for all ages, and to help with all problems:
After 20 years of reviewing resiliency research and dialoguing with thousands of people about what works to "move people from stressed to success" I have concluded an effective resiliency-building program has four crucial components:
- It is built on "The Resiliency Attitude": A program must be delivered by caring, believing individuals who communicate clearly to group participants: "I believe in you. I believe you can make it. What you've struggled with in the past, is in the past...What is 'right with you' is more powerful than any problems you may have!"
(Countless studies across several social science fields have documented the crucial aspect of this attitude; it must be the foundation of any program that aims to help people improve their lives in any way.)
- It contains all six elements of The Resiliency Wheel.
Program planners and facilitators need to explicitly include these six powerful protective/promotive factors, which were honed from the body of resiliency research on what conditions help people successfully bounce back from stress, trauma, risk, crises, and all types of problems.)
Some type of evaluation is part of the program. (This sounds hard, but can often be easy by using data already being collected: attendance, GPA, work performance, incidents of problems behaviors, etc. Are these aspects of a program participant's life getting better or worse? This is a place to start the program evaluation.)
- It is delivered over a period of time. (One-shot or brief program interventions almost never work...People need time to change. Offer as many sessions as possible and then do follow-up evaluation. Are program participants still doing better six months later? How about after a year or after several years? If not, it is likely that more sessions are needed and/or booster sessions.)
Too often, programs are funded and implemented without these four components. When planning your helping program, make sure all are included, and reassess periodically to make sure all components continue to be included.
The Resiliency Workbook: The perfect foundation for an effective resiliency-building program
1. The Resiliency Workbook: Bounce Back Stronger, Smarter and with Real Self-Esteem innately incorporates 3 of the 4 components listed above:
The "Resiliency Attitude" is interwoven on almost every page.
The "Resiliency Wheel" is the core of the book, with pages and activities focused on each aspect of the Wheel.
AND It is designed to be a hands-on resiliency-building process over many weeks.
(You simply need to document how using the Workbook improves the lives of group participants by using the suggestions in #3 above..).
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WhyTry? is a "resilience-building K-12 curriculum" emphasizing Social and Emotional Learning (SEL)
...and it has some great evaluation data that supports its effectiveness. WhyTry? is currently used in over 450 school districts, mental health, and correctional facilities in all 50
states, Canada, and Australia.
The WhyTry ? Program is described as "a strength-based approach to helping youth overcome their challenges and improve outcomes in the areas of truancy, behavior, and academics. Youth are taught social and emotional principles through a series of 10 pictures that teaches a discrete principle. These visuals are then reinforced by music and physical activities."
One of the program's strengths the major learning styles-visual, auditory, and body-kinesthetic-are all included. The National Dropout Prevention Center designates this program as a model program and states, "Students who completed the WhyTry? Program showed significant improvement in GPA, had fewer absences that the control group, and showed significant reduction in number of failed courses."
The WhyTry? website states:
Research has determined that the WhyTry? Program has affected school climate in the following ways:
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* Students emotionally showed more internal control and less social stress and anxiety.
* Students improved positive social behavior and overall improved emotional health as reported on the BASC.
* Students improved self-concept on behavior adjustment, intellectual and school status, physical appearance and attributes, freedom from anxiety, popularity, and overall happiness satisfaction.
The April 15 & 16 Resiliency Training Program Training of Trainers: The most international ever!
People from 6 states, Guam, Canada, Japan, and Egypt attended this training! Max Watanabe, a businessman from Japan (prominent on the right), left the training determined to spread the model throughout his country! (He also made sure we took lots of photos...)
Nanis William, M.D., a psychiatrist from Egypt, came to learn the resiliency model and take it back to the treatment program she is affiliated with in her country.
Germaine Simonson and Valencia Bizahaloni from Pinon, AZ work for the Indian Health Service, and went back fired up to see the resiliency model adopted there.
Troy Lizama attended from Guam Community College.
Nancy Beers, from MN directs "Camp Noah," which travels around the country to help children recover from the trauma of disaster, using the resiliency perspective. Camp Noah will be in Newtown, CT this summer...
...And many other educators, counselors, and social service providers completed this dynamic group!
Troy, Valencia, Germaine, me, and Max at the training (shown at the right)....
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