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"Resilience is as much about what we have as what we think." - Dr Michael Ungar​

Resilience is at the heart of child and adolescent wellbeing, success and long term mental health, as they navigate their way through childhood, adolescence and into adulthood. Our aim is to foster resilient individuals within resilient communities, with the capacity to grow and flourish.

The Resilience Doughnut is easy to understand, it’s fun and it’s creative. As a practical tool it can be used with all children and adolescents as they face the inevitable ups and downs of life, however you find it particularly useful in promoting a resilient response in those who are experiencing a period of adversity or transition. By providing strategies to help with life's challenges and times of change, you enable them to survive and thrive. 

A resilience-informed response.

Building resilience is different from preventing or stopping problems. It shifts the focus to increasing the capacity of children, adolescents and adults within communities, and helps them to anticipate and deal with recurring, chronic and new challenges. It inspires us to think about positive development rather than just suppressing disorder or ending disease and dysfunction.

"A really positive, understanding and refreshing approach to working with those in need."​

- Housing Advice and Homeless Project Worker, Barnardo's

Resilience is not a latent quality inside an individual child or adolescent, or a quality of a family or community. It is instead a process that involves multiple systems working together to help children and adolescents thrive when they are experiencing adversity or transitions. When building resilience we need an understanding of the things that help all children and adolescents cope better, like relationships, a powerful identity, a sense of belonging, agency, meaning, purpose, achievement and social justice, all of which are embedded within The Resilience Doughnut. A resilience-informed response involves multiple systems and is attuned to the cultural and contextual differences found among the individuals, their families and wider community to which they are part. - This is what we help you to do. 

"Fewer than half of adults caring for children and adolescents actually promote resilience in them. Many try their best in helping them develop resilience but only some make a difference." - International Resilience Project​ ​​


From individual practice to a whole organisation or community embedded, sustainable and evaluated approach.

You can, of course, just use The Resilience Doughnut with children and adolescents on a one-to-one or small group basis within your own role, but it also provides a framework for practitioners, organisations and communities in which children and adolescents have the capacity to grow and flourish. 


We provide a range of training and development opportunities for individuals, small groups and whole teams. - Providing a cost-effective and sustainable approach for practitioners, organisations and communities which works. And, including the Resilience Report, enables you to evaluate the impact of all your resilience work.​ - An embedded, sustainable and fully evaluated approach to child and adolescent resilience. 


Where next? You can select from our range of training and workshop opportunities detailed below. 


Not sure where to start? Please contact us or book an online or phone meeting​​​.

Foundation Training - Child and Adolescent Resilience

Training for teams of any size with a focus on child and adolescent resilience.

​This foundation level training provides a focus on child and adolescent resilience, specific to your setting. Designed for your whole team, whatever their role within your organisation or practice, but also ideal for any size group of project or practice leads.​ A range of core and optional modules is available from a single 2 hour session to a full day plus the flexibility to run multiple modules over different days. Foundation modules can be credited towards practitioner training.

Please note: Foundation training does not provide access to online resources.

Practitioner Training - Child and Adolescent Resilience

Our best value team training for an embedded and sustainable approach to child and adolescent resilience.

Training for smaller teams with an in-depth focus on child and adolescent resilience.

​This advanced level training for teams provides a practical and in-depth focus on child and adolescent resilience specific to your setting. Suitable for groups of up to 20 with flexible face-to-face delivery options. Designed for all child and adolescent practitioners as well as project and practice leads and provides a more in-depth alternative to the foundation training. The training provides full access to online resources.​

Please note: Practitioner training is not trainer training

Facilitator Training - Child and Adolescent Resilience

Our best value training for individuals with a focus on child and adolescent resilience within their practice.

Resilience Doughnut Training

Training for individuals with an in-depth focus on child and adolescent resilience.

​This advanced level training for individuals provides a practical and in-depth focus on child and adolescent resilience, across a range of settings. With a combination of scheduled online and face-to-face delivery. The training provides full access to online resources and is accredited through the Australian Psychology Society and the NSW Education Standards Authority. 

Please note: Our facilitator training is not trainer training.

Resilience Doughnut Training

Kids and Teens in Global Transition

Training for existing practitioners and facilitators.

For those working in a community setting this training will extend your knowledge, understanding and skills in the application of The Resilience Doughnut with children and adolescents in global transition. Moving countries can have a significant impact on a child's level of resilience, self confidence and long term mental health. This practical training will enable participants to better support pupils who are going through the the emotional challenges of this transition cycle. This training is delivered by our specialist Trainer. - Bringing together The Resilience Doughnut with her extensive knowledge and experience in trans-cultural transitions.

Bright Thinking Training

Training for anyone who works with children.

The training is designed for all anyone who works with children and equips you with the knowledge, understanding, skills and resources to deliver Bright Thinking with children within your own organisation or practice. Bright Thinking is a fun, engaging and practical six week programme for children whose anxiety fuels their negative thinking. Over the past decade, the programme has demonstrated a significant reduction in children’s anxiety and a dramatic increase in their social and personal competence.

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