You, Family, and Resilience

We are all dealing with a lot of change and uncertainty, especially so with COVID-19 challenges. How we cope with these stressful challenges is, in part, up to us. By practicing to be more resilient, we take greater control of our challenges and we make our families more resilient, too.

1. Background and Overview

Brief presentation overview for adults of why we need to be resilient and how we can become resilient families. Resilience encourages development of positive-coping skills needed to manage stress in an optimal way. We call these positive-coping skills because our intent is to take a personal challenge and create a more positive and less stressful outcome.

  • Resilience: Why and How, Part 1 of 3. An entirely educational approach to preventative measures for dealing with stress and suicide. Part 1 provides a brief overview based on World Health Organization recommendations. (2 minutes) Video »
  • Resilience: Why and How, Part 2 of 3. Part 2 provides an overview and exercises for learning positive-coping skills and developing a social support system. Based on the Hero's Journey. (4 minutes) Video »
  • Resilience: Why and How, Part 3 of 3. Part 3 is a continuation Part 2 and offers additional exercises for learning positive-coping skills and developing a social support system. (4 minutes) Video »

2. Learning to be Resilient

Family friendly exercises for learning and practicing resilience to help cope with stress. We might define stress as the body’s response to demands or pressures. There are protective factors to the extremes of stress. These protective factors are based on recommendations of the World Health Organization (Suicide, 2014) for suicide prevention. An entirely educational approach is used for learning resilience using the theme of the Hero's Journey. We work towards understanding the importance of teamwork through a social support system. So, like many sports, as we learn the game, we are also learning how to function as a team.

  • Workbook: Educators Multiuse Handbook for Resilience. The workbook covers all five skills and provides exercises for learning the skills. Work with another person, using the first section of the workbook, on the positive-coping skill exercises (1-2 hours). Because this instruction evolved from a university program, those of you with preteens will want to first explore the resilience skill exercises and then adapt them for your children. For example, exercises that have writing can be explored orally. Allow children time to describe their challenges and encourage them to work with you to apply positive coping skills. Like adults, children also need to recognize that their social support system can really help them with their challenges. Educators Multiuse Handbook for Resilience PDF »

3. A STEM Approach to Resilience

The preceding 'Learning to be Resilient' should be explored before this STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) exercise examining the Internet of Things (IoT). Technology has quickly and dramatically changed the way we work, socialize, and communicate. Can we also look to technology to enable us to better adapt to these rapid changes especially now that we are practicing social distancing to keep ourselves healthy? Because of its educational focus, these exercises use the low-cost Raspberry Pi computer. If you do not have a Raspberry Pi computer available, you can still complete all of the exercises using either a Macintosh or Windows computer -- see how to install Node-RED below. These exercises have been tested down to middle school levels.

  • Workbook: Educators Multiuse Handbook for Resilience. The second section of the workbook includes STEM exercises that explore resilience and social support while learning about the Internet of Things (IoT) using visual programming (Node-RED). Educators Multiuse Handbook for Resilience PDF »
  • STEM, Resilience, and Raspberry Pi Setup, Part 1 of 3. Discover the positive coping resilience skills we use while doing a Raspberry Pi setup. And, discover how a technology system gives us insight on how to develop a social support system to deal with our challenges. Video »
  • STEM, Resilience, MQTT, and Node-RED, Part 2 of 3. Video »
  • STEM, Resilience, Node-RED, and Internet of Things, Part 3 of 3. Video »
  • Don't have a Raspberry Pi? Installing Node-RED on Mac OS. Brief, simple Node-RED install for Mac OS for those not using a Raspberry Pi. Video »
  • Don't have a Raspberry Pi? Installing Node-RED on Windows. Brief, simple Node-RED install for Windows 10 for those not using a Raspberry Pi. Video »

More on Persistence

A look at goal setting as a method for persisting with a challenge. Includes a brief literature review completed in the spring of 2016 that discusses history and process. More »

More on Strength

Health-related physical activity shows more desirable health outcomes across a variety of physical conditions. In general, exercise and physical activity are associated with better quality of life and health outcomes. A look at evidence-based diet and exercise plans in a literature review from spring, 2016. More »

Resilience 'App'

A simple a web-based application that parallels the content of the five skill resilience quick reference, and further allows you to create your own resilience skills. The simple app permits exploration of a personal challenge using any of the skills. All data is stored locally on your computer or device.

  • Run it! More »
  • Download Resilience Application. Download the entire app and run it on your own device. Download, unzip, start your browser and Open the index.html to run this on your browser. The app has been constructed as basic HTML and Javascript pages to permit easy editing and modification. Resilience App zip »

National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) is a resource for the public, professionals, and others who care about children and are concerned about child traumatic stress. Link »

American Psychological Association (APA)

Brief resilience guide, for parents and teachers, with focus on children. Link »

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