Resilience: Avoiding Victimization By Developing Social Competence

This presentation is designed for youth professionals who would like to supplement their existing programming and policies with student-centered empowerment. As more attention is given to the importance of cultivating socio-emotional learning skills among students, it seems vital to increasingly consider one often-neglected component: resilience. As critical as it is to shape and improve the external around a child (e.g., school climate, peer behaviors, social norming, kindness initiatives, staff training, policies), it seems equally essential to focus on the internal – the learned ability of youth to personally handle bullying (both offline and online) and other offenses in a way that leads to positive outcomes. Through research-based best practices, we seek to inspire you to help develop emotionally-healthy and resilient students who understand and embrace their own agency to deal with social and relational adversity.

Key issues discussed: how and why to train students to be more resilient, so that they can better handle and respond to bullying, cyberbullying, and other forms of mistreatment

Delivered in a positive, culturally-relevant, and hopeful tone with the use of flash polling, videos, and case studies, this presentation will help youth-serving professionals:

  • Understand why resilience education is needed to provide protective supports to youth
  • Help youth understand the power of their own agency in dealing with non-physical forms of bullying and cyberbullying
  • Realize why social problems can only be solved by social – not legal – solutions
  • Identify historically well-meaning but questionable practices of bullying prevention
  • Learn how to intentionally guide youth through adversity to develop skills of resilience
  • Tap into the strengths and competencies of kids, instead of harping on their risks and deficiencies
  • Implement research-based solutions like social referencing, community involvement, improvisation, connective activities, cognitive dissonance, scaffolding, and more

(75-90 minutes)

Contact us today to schedule our visit to your school!

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