Let’s Play BounceBack: 12/14/17

A crowd stands with fists raised skyward.

Demo: Being Different in North America

Differences can challenge those of us who are different and those trying to understand and accept the differences of others. Despite our differences, we’re all very human. We can learn to respond better to the challenges at hand.

For a better understanding of BounceBack, view our video on the right-hand side of this page.

BounceBack will be available for purchase via our website soon. We’d like to introduce you to BounceBack by playing a bi-weekly (Tuesdays and Thursdays) game on our homepage using our free Downloadable Demonstration Deck.

Your Challenge Card from our Downloadable Demonstration Deck is featured above. Once you’ve dealt with the challenge, magnify your screen and take a close look at the bottom of the card. There you will see the Skills & Attitudes we feel might be most helpful in managing the scenario. You can also use other skills and attitudes that you find helpful as long as you can explain how you would apply them.  We challenge you to find new ways of responding to adversity.

Click on each image to enlarge.  Which of these Skills & Attitudes will you choose to apply?

Follow along alone, with a friend or a group. Talk to others and find out how they would respond. We can learn much from one another. But if we wish to learn from our experiences, we must first get through them.

Please feel free to contact us with your feedback.

Let’s Play BounceBack: 12/12/17

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Demo: An Addict Among Us

For a better understanding of BounceBack, view our video on the right-hand side of this page.

BounceBack will be available for purchase via our website soon. We’d like to introduce you to BounceBack by playing a bi-weekly (Tuesdays and Thursdays) game on our homepage using our free Downloadable Demonstration Deck.

Your Challenge Card from our Downloadable Demonstration Deck is featured above. Once you’ve dealt with the challenge, magnify your screen and take a close look at the bottom of the card. There you will see the Skills & Attitudes we feel might be most helpful in managing the scenario. You can also use other skills and attitudes that you find helpful as long as you can explain how you would apply them.  We challenge you to find new ways of responding to adversity.

Click on each image to enlarge.  Which of these Skills & Attitudes will you choose to apply?

Follow along alone, with a friend or a group. Talk to others and find out how they would respond. We can learn much from one another. But if we wish to learn from our experiences, we must first get through them.

Please feel free to contact us with your feedback.

First Night: Chapters 36-48

The Conflict Between Hope and Cynicism Concludes

Book Cover of First Night: The Conflict Between Hope and Cynicism

“First Night is a wonderful tale of hope and cynicism spun from the whole cloth of down home Maine humor and fundamental values. The book is a page-turning flight of fancy that captured modern man’s struggle with assimilating new technologies without losing the fabric of past times. I loved it. A fast read that took me to other times and places I hadn’t had time to think about since my iPad crashed!” ~ Captain W. Russell Webster, CEM, US Coast Guard (Ret.), Maritime Author and Historian

We hope you will enjoy the final chapters of First Night: The Conflict of Hope and Cynicism by Ron Breazeale, Ph.D.

 

 

Let’s Play BounceBack: 12/07/17

Demo: Adolescents/Teens

For a better understanding of BounceBack, view our video on the right-hand side of this page.

BounceBack will be available for purchase via our website soon. We’d like to introduce you to BounceBack by playing a bi-weekly (Tuesdays and Thursdays) game on our homepage using our free Downloadable Demonstration Deck.

Here is your Challenge Card from our Downloadable Demonstration Deck. Once you’ve dealt with the challenge, magnify your screen and take a close look at the bottom of the card. There you will see the Skills & Attitudes we feel might be most helpful in managing the scenario. You can also use other skills and attitudes that you find helpful as long as you can explain how you would apply them.  We challenge you to find new ways of responding to adversity.

Caricature of a woman applying red lipstick.
Demo: Adolescents/Teens

Click on each image to enlarge.  Which of these Skills & Attitudes will you choose to apply?

Follow along alone, with a friend or a group. Talk to others and find out how they would respond. We can learn much from one another. But if we wish to learn from our experiences, we must first get through them.

Please feel free to contact us with your feedback.

Let’s Play BounceBack: 12/05/17

Demo: Active Shooter/Shelter in Place

BounceBack will be available for purchase via our website soon. We’d like to introduce you to BounceBack by playing a bi-weekly (Tuesdays and Thursdays) game on our homepage using our free Downloadable Demonstration Deck.

For a better understanding of BounceBack, view our video on the right-hand side of this page.

There many ways to use BounceBackBounceBack decks present challenges that relate to various subjects, populations, vocations or issues. Each deck contains a set of Challenge Cards and a set of Skills & Attitudes cards. The Skills & Attitudes cards are used to respond to the scenarios on the Challenge cards. It’s simple.

Here’s how we’ll play this particular game. We’ve posted our Skills & Attitudes deck below. You will use these cards to manage the challenges that we present. Challenges from our Downloadable Demonstration deck will be posted each Tuesday and Thursday above the Skills & Attitudes Deck. Read the challenge assuming the perspective indicated on the card.  Select the Skills & Attitudes that you feel would best help you manage the challenge posted. Keep in mind that it is not your job to fix the problem.  It is your task to get through the crisis using the Skills & Attitudes of resilience.

Click on each image to enlarge.  Which of these Skills & Attitudes will you choose to apply?

 

Here is your first Challenge Card from our Downloadable Demonstration Deck. Once you’ve dealt with the challenge, magnify your screen and take a close look at the bottom of the card. There you will see the Skills & Attitudes we feel might be most helpful in managing the scenario. You can also use other skills and attitudes that you find helpful as long as you can explain how you would apply them.  We challenge you to find new ways of responding to adversity.

Black silhouette of a young boy in a darkened school hallway.
Demo: Active Shooter/Shelter in Place

Follow along alone, with a friend or a group. Talk to others and find out how they would respond. We can learn much from one another. But if we wish to learn from our experiences, we must first get through them.

Please feel free to contact us with your feedback.

 

 

First Night: Chapters 27-35 Posted

The Conflict Between Hope and Cynicism Continues

Book Cover of First Night: The Conflict Between Hope and Cynicism

“First Night cleverly addresses the big questions of our time about how we deal with technology of today and the looming technological breakthroughs that are coming without destroying ourselves or losing our humanity. And does it in a personal, suspenseful and entertaining way.

~ James Weaver, clinical psychologist and playwright

Looking at Yourself: Part Two

How you and others see you.

Woman rests on mirrored surface gazing at her reflection.In the last blog, I asked you to evaluate yourself in five areas. The first area had to do with being able to communicate well with other people and being able to talk to other people. The second area had to do with being able to make and maintain friendships and relationships with others. The third had to do with being able to make changes in your life when you need to, e.g., being able to be flexible. The fourth area had to do with how you feel about yourself and your ability to feel positive about yourself and give yourself credit for the accomplishments in your life. The last area had to do with controlling your emotions, especially very strong ones, and emotions that other people might perceive as negative, e.g., anger.

Continue reading “Looking at Yourself: Part Two”

The Truth About Radicalization A false sense of purpose.

BounceBack: Radicalization Deck Cover Card
Radicalization-Coming Soon

Most acts of terrorism in this country in the last ten years have been committed by persons radicalized in this country, not newly arriving immigrants or terrorists who have come across our borders. These are people who have grown up in this country. Some are first generation Americans, but many are fifth or tenth generation Americans. But all have one thing in common. They have not been integrated into our society. They have not been integrated into our society not because they rejected us and our values, but unfortunately because in many ways we have rejected them. Continue reading “The Truth About Radicalization A false sense of purpose.”

Common Ground: Bridging Police and Community Collaboration

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Communities must work together to become resilient. Please enjoy this piece from our Guest Blogger: Richard C. Lumb, Ph. D.

As loud voices erupt to demand their particular agenda, the focus of disruption is often against police.  Remove the effectiveness of police and social chaos emerges.  Dampen the courage of leaders in support of order and chaos occurs.  Active or tacit refusal to demand social order for the substantial majority of citizens has the effect of emboldening the aberrant behaviors.  Peaceful protest, making a convincing argument and seeking collaborative change disappears to be replaced with chaos, and the effect on many is an unnecessary fear. Continue reading “Common Ground: Bridging Police and Community Collaboration”