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
Here are numerous testimonials from schools and other organizations with whom we have worked.
Contact us today to schedule our visit to your school, or if you have any questions!