BounceBack Applications

Training

How many real-world applications does BounceBack have?

  • Build and reinforce your own resilience skills in order to teach others. Practice individually or with a partner. Play in a group to learn more from one another. 

Use: All.

  • Use BounceBack in a support group in order to generate difficult discussions. 

Use: Adolescents/Teens, An Addict Among Us, Being Different in North America, Caregiver at Heart, Chronic Pain, Disability, Family/Relationships, First Responders/Public Safety, Healthcare Dilemma, Immigrants, Insulin’s the Issue (Diabetes), Matters of the Heart (Heart Disease), More than Homesick (adjustment to college), On My Last Nerve (Multiple Sclerosis), Recovery, Spirituality, The Big “C” (Cancer), Veterans, What’s on the Menu? (dietary issues).

  • Improve communications within your community. 

Use: Active Shooter/Shelter in Place, Being Different in North America, Blue & Red Politics, Caregiver at Heart, Disability, Immigrants, Occupational Hazard (adapting to A.I.), Radicalization, Resilient Communities, The 13.5% (poverty), Veterans.

  • Improve communications with your family. 

Use: Adolescents/Teens, An Addict Among Us, Being Different in North America, Boomers (Baby Boomers), Caregiver at Heart, Chronic Pain, Disability, Divorce/Finance, Family/Relationships, Healthcare Dilemma, Millennials, Rank and File (middle class), Spirituality, The 13.5% (poverty), What’s on the Menu? (dietary issues), Work/Money.

  • Address burnout within your practice/organization/institution. 

Use: Active Shooter/Shelter in Place, Boomer (Baby Boomers), Business, Civil Servant (public service), Entrepreneur, First Responders/Public Safety, Healthcare Professional, Immigrants, Millennials, Natural Disaster, Occupational Hazard (adapting to A.I.), Radicalization, Resilient Communities, Work/Money.

  • Give your children an advantage. Teach them the Skills & Attitudes of resilience. 

Use: Active Shooter/Shelter in Place, Adolescents/teens, An Addict Among Us, Being Different in North America, Disability, Divorce/Finance, Family/Relationships, More than Homesick (adapting to college), Natural Disaster, Occupational Hazard (adapting to A.I.), Radicalization, Resilient Communities, The 13.5% (poverty), What’s on the Menu? (dietary issues).

  • Improve communications/relationships with those who do not share your views. 

Use: Active Shooter/Shelter in Place, Adolescents/Teens, An Addict Among Us, Being Different in North America, Boomers, Caregiver t Heart, Chronic Pain, Civil Servant (public service), Disability, Entrepreneur, Family/Relationships, First Responders/Public Safety, Healthcare Dilemma, Healthcare Professional, Immigrants, Occupational Hazard (adapting to A.I.), Rank and File (middle class), Recovery, Resilient Communities, Spirituality, The 13.5% (poverty), Veterans, What’s on the Menu? (dietary issues).

  • Reduce educational distractions by building more resilient students.

Use: Active Shooter/Shelter in Place, Adolescents/Teens, An Addict Among Us, Being Different in North America, Blue & Red Politics, Boomers (Baby Boomers), Caregiver at Heart, Chronic Pain, Disability, Divorce/Finance, Family/Relationships, Healthcare Dilemma, Immigrants, More than Homesick (adapting to college), Natural Disaster, Occupational Hazard (adapting to A.I.), Radicalization, Rank and File (middle class), Recovery, Resilient Communities, The 13.5% (poverty), The Unlikely, What’s on the Menu? (dietary issues).

  • Help your organization to better survive the 21st. century challenges it faces 

Use: Active Shooter/Shelter in Place, An Addict Among Us, being Different in North America, Blue & Red Politics, Boomers (Baby Boomers), Business, Caregiver at Heart, Chronic Pain, Disability, Healthcare Dilemma, Immigrants, Natural Disaster, Occupational Hazard (adapting to A.I.), Radicalization, Recovery, Resilient Communities, What’s on the Menu? (dietary issues).

  • Build the strength of our public service employees by addressing the very real challenges that wear them down. 

Use: An Addict Among Us, Being Different in North America, Blue & Red Politics, Caregiver at Heart, Chronic Pain, Civil Servant (public Service), Disability, First Responders/Public Safety, Healthcare Dilemma, Insulin’s the Issue (Diabetes), Immigrants, Matters of the Heart (heart disease), More than Homesick (adapting to college), Natural Disaster, Occupational hazard (adapting to A.I.), On My Last Nerve (Multiple Sclerosis), Radicalization, Rank and File (middle class), Recovery, Resilient Communities, The 13.5% (poverty), The Big “C” (Cancer), Veterans, What’s on the Menu? (dietary issues).

  • Prepare families and communities to respond with more resilience to environmental or personal disaster. 

Use: Active Shooter/Shelter in Place, An Addict Among Us, Blue & Red Politics, Chronic Pain, Disability, First Responders/Public Safety, Healthcare Dilemma, Healthcare Professional, Immigrants, Insulin’s the Issue (Diabetes), Matter of the Heart (heart disease), Natural Disaster, O My Last Nerve (Multiple Sclerosis), Radicalization, Recovery, Resilient Communities, Spirituality, The 13.5% (poverty), The Bid “C” (Cancer), The Unlikely, Work/Money.

  • Increase personal and community safety by teaching more focused responses to threats. 

Use: Active Shooter/Shelter in Place, Natural Disaster, Radicalization, Resilient Communities, The Unlikely,

  • Use BounceBack to build understanding and tolerance of human differences. 

Use: Adolescents/Teens, An Addict Among Us, Being Different in North America, Blue & Red Politics, Boomers (Baby Boomers), Caregiver at Heart, Chronic Pain, Civil Servant (public service), Disability, Entrepreneur, Family/relationships, First Responders/Public Safety, Healthcare Dilemma, Healthcare Professional, Immigrants, Insulin’s the Issue (Diabetes), Matters of the Heart (heart disease), Millennials, More than Homesick (adapting to college), Radicalization, Rank and File, Recovery, Resilient Communities, Spirituality, The 13.5% (poverty), The Big “C” (Cancer).

  • Learn to empathize with the challenges of others. Take a walk in the shoes of another. 

Use: All.

Exploring BounceBack

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Who’s Exploring BounceBack and What do they have to say?

As feedback comes in, we will post it here. If you have explored BounceBack or our free Downloadable Demonstration Deck, and you have feedback to share please contact us. We’d love to hear from you.

  • A large Maine public school district is interested in resilience training for their middle school alternative education program.
  • Public Safety officers are interested in working with the Immigrant community using BounceBack to better understand/coach one another.
  • BounceBack was used by Richard Lumb, Ph.D. to teach an online class at the University of Maine Augusta called ‘Resilient and Safe Communities’. Here’s what the students had to say.
  • “The game is very interesting and shows you how many choices you really have when dealing with adversity and struggle.”
  • “What I didn’t anticipate was how easily most of the skills and attitudes would fit into each scenario.”
  • “I played the game with my 10 year old son and he was able get the concept.”
  • “I quickly realized that I needed to actually emotionally invest myself into this “game” in order to learn something from it.”
  • “I found that each natural disaster situation required different resilience skills. Who knew?”
  • “Before taking this class I didn’t have a very good understanding of what resilience really means. It was just a buzz word that had limited application.”
  • “After taking this class I can appreciate the value of a game like this. The scenarios were tough situations that happen in everyday life, we just don’t like to think about them.”
  • “In each scenario, I kind of put myself in that role and really tried to make this as real life as possible to ensure that I learned something from this game.”
  • We were invited by the University of Southern Maine to meet with a group from their Health and Counseling Center comprised of employees, trainees, graduate assistants, and interns. We presented an overview of resilience and introduced the 10 Skills & Attitudes. Following a demonstration, we spoke about BounceBack and how they might make use of it at U.S.M.
  • The Portland recovery community is reviewing some of our decks to explore the usefulness of Bounceback as a peer coaching tool. Here’s one comment.

“I did the Recovery cards with the guys a few days ago and it was very well received. It opened up some tremendous discussions.”     – Adam Miller, York County Shelter Programs Inc.-Serenity House

“In our fast-paced world, Bounce Back provides a valuable invitation to stop and focus on how our day-to-day life choices affect both us and those in our sphere of influence. It allows us to walk in others’ shoes by opening a safe space for dialogue and insight. BounceBack is an invitation to bridge the fractures that keep us from understanding ourselves and others—that keep each and all of us from being whole.”      -Wanda Whittnen: Editor-in-Chief, I-DEAL WORDS Professional Editing

  • “The ability to Bounce Back from challenge and difficulty is the behavior and attitude we all need in today’s society given the continuous change and uncertainty that is part of our daily life. The work the BounceBack team is doing has huge potential for human empowerment. It nurtures and develops the skills required to help us deal with the unexpected and with our own frustrations and perceived limitations, giving us the confidence to face our challenges and move forward.

If we were all able to bounce back in real time, we would surely live in a much more stable society where collaboration, connection and cohesion would be the main attributes we share.

The team at PocketConfidant is proud to align and partner with BounceBack, sharing their vision and goals.” –Our Partners at PocketConfidant

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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”

First Night-Chapters 20-22 Now Posted

The Conflict Between Hope and Cynicism continues.

First Night had me hooked. The dialogue of characters is sharp and adds to the development of the story. Like most authors Ron reveals many of his high integrity and values through his main character but also in others. You’ll find humor, spies, psychology, disability, skepticism, and compassion for humanity mixed into First Night.”  ~ Dennis Fitzgibbons

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

Please follow this link to read new chapters of First Night: The Conflict Between Hope and Cynicism

Welcome back BounceBack!

BounceBack is a serious game, a tool to help build mental toughness by asking people to respond to real world challenges using the Skills & Attitudes of resilience.

We hope to have our first decks available for purchase by September 2017. Watch our No Cost Resilience Tools page for the free downloadable Demonstration Deck.

We suggest several ways to use BounceBack below. But you may choose to use these cards differently. That’s the beauty of BounceBack. It’s flexible. It can be used alone, with a coach, with a peer or in a small group. There are many ways to use BounceBack. Take a look at our suggestions below or create your own game according to your unique needs.

 

S.M.A.R.T. Goals – Vital to Resiliency

If you are to be resilient or to be hopeful, you must set clear and achievable Graphic showing five differently colored houses in a row each having a letter of the word SMART posted to the front. The word goals appears below the display. Graphics appear above each rooftop. From left to right they are: target, meter, thumbs up, check mark and timer.goals. These are often referred to as S.M.A.R.T. goals. The first letter, S, stands for specific. We know exactly what we would like to do. If we have a health issue, such as decreasing our level of cholesterol, we want to be able to set a specific goal. In other words, we want to make that goal measurable, which is the second component of a S.M.A.R.T. goal. We need to set a specific figure. We would like to get our cholesterol down to 140, for example, so we will know whether we have achieved that goal or we haven’t. Continue reading “S.M.A.R.T. Goals – Vital to Resiliency”

PocketConfidant AI is developing the first virtual coach powered by Artificial Intelligence.

 

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Building Resilience…Survival Skills for the 21st. Century was conceived by Ron Breazeale, Ph.D., in order to promote and facilitate the acquisition of resilience skills and attitudes among individuals and groups of diverse origin and a wide array of vocations, with a need to survive the tragedy and adversity that befalls each of us at one time or another. To that end, he gathered a team of professional colleagues, interns, friends and volunteers willing to help pursue the goal. Building Resilience is an outgrowth of Maine Resilience and its ambitions.  Maine Resilience is a non-profit agency started in January of 2007.  Building and sustaining the resilience of all Maine citizens its goal. Dr. Ron Breazeale and Alpha One worked together to form Maine Resilience and to create materials used to teach resilience through storytelling. Building Resilience has partnered with others over the years in order to facilitate an increase in resilience skills. We have provided more than sixty workshops with diverse groups including individuals with disabilities, first responders and educators since 2007.

One of our newest partners is PocketConfidant AI. PocketConfidant AI is developing the first virtual coach powered by Artificial Intelligence.

“Our goal is to be a preventive tool, supporting individuals going through personal, professional or academic transitions, helping them develop the competencies they need to enhance their critical thinking and problem solving skills, become more resilient and self-confidant.”

PocketConfidant virtual coach will learn through interaction with users. Think of this as the development of a huge library of knowledge from which to draw the right question at the right time. Would you like to help build the library that enables PocketConfidant to be the best tool possible?

PocketConfidant AI seeks to engage organizations, institutions and/or businesses whose patrons might benefit from this unique coaching tool; the purpose of which is to empower people and develop resilience through technology. We encourage you to participate. Contact us or contact PocketConfidant AI to be a part of this innovative coaching experience.

This is an exciting opportunity and we hope that you’ll take advantage of it. If you have questions please address them to us or to PocketConfidant directly.

Thanks for you support.

Charlene Fernald Moynihan