​​The Resilience Doughnut is a practical, research-validated model being used around the world to build the resilience and wellbeing of children, adolescents and adults.

It identifies and combines strengths needed to thrive in a modern world, showing the external strengths that interact to influence the development of self esteem, self efficacy and social skills, that build resilience. The Resilience Doughnut provides a practical tool and framework which can be used with individuals, groups, families, teams or across a whole organisation or community. The Resilience Doughnut is based on international and Australian strengths-based research on resilience and was developed over a decade ago at The Resilience Centre, Australia.

The Resilience Doughnut is a simple, interactive tool that combines the key areas of research proposed over the past  few decades. It is a process, rather than a programme that just 'teaches resilience'." - Lyn Worsley

This is a refreshing look at resilience which gives people an action plan to increase their own resilience and wellbeing as well as others around them and those in their care. As we face different challenges in our lives, building up resilience is an important process.​ The Resilience Doughnut identifies the key factors which, when combined, help individuals move towards resilience fitness. The flow-on effect is a strengths-based confidence that enables them to manage stress, transitions and move towards enhanced fitness and resilience to face the challenges of daily life.

It's perfect for personal use or for parents and professionals who would like to build the emotional resilience of others using evidence-based practice, based on what is working in the lives of children, young people and adults. The Resilience Doughnut has been widely accepted by parents and a wide range of professionals including: teachers, psychologists, GPs, case workers, social workers, youth workers, business leaders and managers, occupational health workers... in fact lots of people, around the world, who are interested in helping themselves and others to become more resilient.

The Resilience Doughnut model also provides a simple framework for those looking to foster resilient and positive families, communities and organisations with the capacity to grow and flourish.

​​What is different about this approach?


Many resilience programmes exist that also tap into the enormous amount of research into building resilience. However, they are often complicated programmes involving working a person's self esteem and don't always involve tapping into the resources around a person, which develop and confirm self-esteem. The emphasis on using The Resilience Doughnut is on the process of building both developmentally and through the manipulation of the environment, rather than a programme that just 'teaches resilience'.


The Resilience Doughnut creates a paradigm shift and promotes a process of developmental change that can occur throughout an organisation, within individuals, their homes and their communities, over the course of a lifetime.


The Resilience Doughnut provides a simple interactive tool, which combines the key areas of research models proposed over the past two decades. It is important to know the model well in order to apply the model and so we equip individuals through our training and development opportunities.

Strengths-based - Doing more of what's working.


Past research has tended to focus on risk factors in the lives of people. With young people in particular, it has focused on those involved in health risk behaviours. In other words, efforts have been directed towards trying to understand why certain people are not resilient. While this notion is popular with professionals working individually with people, it is not always useful for parents trying to raise their child effectively, managers and leaders trying to enable their team to flourish. Nor does it help the teacher or school leader who wants to see their students cope with pressures inside and outside of school.


More recently, research has focused on people who are resilient, despite the adversities they are facing. A number of researchers have found that there are common qualities amongst those individuals who are able to thrive despite the difficulties. The Resilience Doughnut is based on seven factors that people who have been through adversity and survived and thrived, have in common.


Solution Focused.


The solution focused approach is embedded within The Resilience Doughnut and woven throughout all our workshops, training and coaching. When we combine the skills of solution focused therapy and coaching, as established by Steve de Shazer, and research into the contexts where people learn resiliency skills we refer to this as solution focused resilience. ​​


The solution focused approach uses questions to help people focus on the strengths and resources that contribute to their best hopes. The approach helps to establish a clear vision for the preferred future and help individuals to take small and achievable steps to get there. Using solution focused skills in conversations can lead to a more supportive change orientated environment both personally and professionally.


Training in solution focused approaches is useful for professional and personal use. Organisations using the solution focused approach in human resources, business planning, and staff wellbeing have a more supportive and change orientated environment, higher staff retention and stronger productivity. Welfare organisations using a solution focused approach show positive changes with clients earlier in therapy than other methods.  Solution focused therapy is often referred to as BRIEF therapy due to clients achieving the desired outcome in a shorter period of time.

What is The Resilience Doughnut?

The Resilience Doughnut is a practical, research-validated model being used around the world to build the resilience of children, adolescents and adults. It provides a practical tool and framework which can be used with individuals, groups, families and teams or across a whole organisation and community.

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