In 2016, I worked with The Red Willow Learning Center and developed a series of Resilience Training Programs for them.
“the universal human capacity to face, overcome, and even be strengthened by experiences of adversity.”
Edith Grotbery, Ph.D
Everyone has a busy life. We all juggle the constant challenges of family, friends, careers, and self on a daily basis and then we regularly interrupt that cycle with major life circumstances such as illness, relationship or career troubles, and societal or environmental trauma events happening around us. Resilient people are able to navigate all of these things while maintaining hope and a positive outlook. They manage stress as it occurs, without letting it get out of control.
Here’s the great news: Resilience is build-able! Even if you think of yourself as a “glass-half-empty” type of person, research has shown that resilience is a quality which can be learned and enhanced. PBS tells us in This Emotional Life, “Resilience is a capacity that involves behaviors, thoughts, and actions that can be learned by and developed in anyone.”
Resilience and Mindfulness go hand in hand. Resilient people have qualities like hope, optimism, self-efficacy, confidence, and self-compassion. These qualities are developed through self-awareness and Mindfulness teaches self-awareness!
About The Resilience Training Programs
Following find a list of the six resilience training programs with brief descriptions. These training programs were developed to be eight (8) week / two (2) hour per week programs. The reason for this is we aren't just imparting information, we are actively developing resiliency qualities. Eight weeks gives us time to put into action what we learn, making changes in our habits to become more resilient people and organizations. That said, do contact us if you want the training but would like it organized differently. We love to discuss the possibilities with you.
Workplace Resilience for Secondary Trauma:
This program is aimed at populations who deal with trauma on a daily basis through their jobs. This may include paraprofessionals in human services, law enforcement, firefighters, and medical personnel, just to name a few. But it is not limited to these groups, there are many people dealing with trauma in a variety of ways. Our goal is to provide tools that can be used in the moment, both on the job and on an on-going basis off the job, to increase the ability to auto-regulate emotion and to decrease physiological hyper-arousal. Participants in this program will learn how to reach inside for practiced tools they can use, reach out for helpful resources outside themselves, and have a sense of how to take care of themselves, via slowing down and focusing energy on their own health, as well as the practical issues, when faced with traumatic situations.
Personal Resilience for Caregivers:
Personal Resilience for Caregivers is a class that helps caregivers develop the skills they need to care for themselves while caring for others. Whether you are caring for a family member, or that is your career, this class can support you. The goal is to teach caregivers about what makes them resilient and support them in finding their own personal practices to develop that well-being. This class was developed using the research and science behind resiliency. It uses Mindfulness as the foundation practice used to develop the qualities of resilient humans, but will also teach a variety of tools and techniques to support your well-being.
Building Personal Resilience:
The American Psychological Association defines resilience as, "the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats, or significant sources of stress—such as family and relationship problems, serious health problems, or workplace and financial stressors. It means 'bouncing back' from difficult experiences." We've all felt resilient at times and not so resilient at others. Thankfully, research shows that each person can develop resilience, giving themselves a base from which to move forward into stressful times. In this class, we'll study the qualities that make people resilient and we'll work throughout the class to develop and strengthen those same qualities in ourselves. This class is very experiential and participants will be supported in using tools and creating habits that build resilience.
Workplace Resilience for Productivity:
This course is labeled “Workplace Resilience: Increasing Productivity”, but the reality is that if you’ve increased your productivity, that’s the end result. To get there you have also improved your focus, communication skills and awareness, and you’ve decreased your stress and conflict. This means you work more efficiently with clients, co-workers, and bosses; and with less stress, you are healthier and happier, thus missing less work and personal activities.
Resilient workers are aware when they are unfocused and have the tools to find calm and clarity. Being able to access focus as needed, supports us on many levels. Not only does it make us more productive, but we feel happier and more optimistic when we are focused and clear.
Developing a resilient organization and workforce is a strategic action for organizations. Crisis happens. Natural disasters occur. Resource lines are interrupted and human resources turn over. To develop an organization that can survive crisis is a strategy that every organization should undertake. We'll study how organizations can develop resilient leaders and a resilient culture; how organizations can use resources in sustainable and resilient ways; and how organizations can expect and react to change in positive ways. All of this will support the growth of a resilient workforce.
Workplace Resilience for Leadership:
Resilient leaders have all the personal stresses of a normal life, plus they take on the success of an organization and the people under them every day. Resilient leaders are able to navigate all of these things while maintaining hope and a positive outlook. In Resilient Leadership, Bob Duggen describes resilient leaders as “leading with calm, clarity, and conviction”. Through this training, leaders will gain important insight not only into their own abilities, but into human brain functioning and how habits are created. Leaders will be able to take this insight into working with their teams to better understand why people react as they do, and how they can help them develop their own resilient qualities. In this training, the primary focus is on developing you as a resilient leader. As a secondary focus, we’ll also talk about how this applies to the people you are leading and your interaction with them.