What to expect at a Resilience Training Event:
Through a combination of input, reflection, and active tasks participants:
1. Deepen their understanding and awareness of resilience and why it is important
Participants look at both the contexts and the content of key resilience research and consider the relevance for their own lives.
2. Explore the multi-dimensional nature of resilience and the implications of this for their everyday lives
Participants examine how resilience depends on physical, emotional, cognitive, interpersonal and environmental factors; they identify in which of these dimensions they want or need to implement change. In so doing, they become aware of what is working well in their lives.
3. Learn how to develop their resilience in the above dimensions
Participants try out a range of tasks individually and in groups; they have the opportunity to discuss and evaluate so that they can decide what works best for them.
4. Learn to recognize obstacles to resilience and develop an 'early warning system'
Participants are encouraged to make concrete contingency plans for situations with 'stress potential'.
5. Examine their own 'narratives' of resilience and learn how to use this information in a meaningful way
Participants share and reflect on their stories of resilience. This goes beyond 'pointing out positives'; it involves using concrete information about actions, achievements and identity to help us create a coherent story. The goal is to 'co-author' a story that is based on what has worked well for us in the past; this story should sustain us in our present lives and guide us in our future plans.