The Resilience Tools we use

We began teaching people the skills and the attitudes of resilience in 2007 primarily through storytelling. We utilized novels such as Reaching Home and Duct Tape Isn’t Enough as some of our tools along with various workbooks and video resources.

In 2011  BounceBack was conceived; a very simple card game that asked players to apply the Skills & Attitudes of resilience in dealing with real-life challenges. Since then, we experimented with an electronic version but decided to return to the simplicity and adaptability of the card game.

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.

BounceBack was developed as a tool to practice responding to life ’s challenges. Challenges are presented and the user chooses skills and attitudes that he or she wishes to apply in order to respond to that challenge. It’s very simple. It ’s practice. With >37 decks and >740 challenge questions, it’s a lot of practice.

Shine a light on what matters. Resilient people push forward when things get tough. Resilient employees tend to be more satisfied with their work, stay longer and are more productive as a result. Resilient communities fair better when faced with adversity.

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Stories about Resilience

First Night: The Conflict Between Hope and Cynicism

First Night - book coverIn a sequel to his first novel, Dr. Ron Breazeale continues to explore the themes of resilience, conflict, and hope and overcoming adversity in his newest work, First Night: The Conflict Between Hope and Cynicism. 

“The conflict between hope and cynicism is one each of us must face each day,” said Breazeale. “Questions such as: do we limit ourselves through fear and through the belief that things in our lives must be as they have been? Or can we grow our science and technology without destroying the basic fabric of our society? The answers to these questions will determine our direction and the direction of our civilization.”

“Ron Breazeale is a master storyteller. In the engaging and radical tradition of Kurt Vonnegut, Breazeale weaves a masterful tale in First Night.  This is a heroic story of resilience and the triumph of the human spirit, and Breazeale brilliantly captures and celebrates the conquest of hope over adversity. A romping good read.”

~ Don Nalls, Founder, and Owner of the Nalls Group, L.L.C.

Reaching Home

Reaching Home Book coverReaching Home tells the futuristic story of a young Maine fisherman who discovers a manuscript written by his grandfather in the year 2013. Seen through the eyes of his grandfather, Lee Brazil, the story involves the man’s mistaken implication in a terrorist plot, incarceration, and journey back to Maine. Along the way, he meets some interesting allies and must confront and question his fears and question his perception of good and evil.

“Reaching Home affords us a discerning and deeply human view into the political-psychological realities of disability in America.Down-to-earth, diverting and dynamic, the characters reflect the struggle we all confront to surmount our own differences – and discover our strengths – as they lead us in this moving journey home. Inspiring!”

~ Gianna M. Settin, author of Perspectives on Growth.

Duct Tape Isn’t Enough: Survival Skills for the 21st Century

Duct Tape Isn't Enough - book coverDuct Tape Isn’t Enough: Survival Skills for the 21st Century integrates the novel Reaching Home into a series of modules used to help teach resilience skills.

“In Duct Tape Isn’t Enough, Ron Breazeale has created a remarkably innovative and highly effective method of instilling resiliency. It is timely and much needed in an era when Americans are experiencing increasing personal and economic stress … If you are facing a crisis or know of someone who is, or if in living your daily life you wisely want to increase your survival skills for an adversity that may befall without warning, this book is a must.”

~ Nicholas A. Cummings, Ph.D., Sc.D.,
former president, American Psychological Association

Resilience Building: Peer Coaching Manual:

Resilience Building: Peer Coaching Manual - coverWritten by Ronald Breazeale, Ph.D. and Richard Lumb, Ph.D., this manuscript presents information and tools to guide your interests in acquiring the skills of a peer coach, someone who will reach out to help others. If the decision is made to engage, do so with clear intent, knowledgeable applications, sincerity and concern for the other person. We provide peer coaching techniques around the core topics of resilience building, application of principle and practice. Saving lives is not always an emergency room endeavor, it often is personal, one on one, where caring and willingness to help another person, shines brightly through the gloom of discouragement and despondency.

Other Resources

Where’s Herbie?

Herbie in his boatThis award-winning, timeless documentary by Jenny Mackenzie has a heart-warming message no one will ever forget. The DVD tells the story of a 91-year- old Herbie Loveitt, a lobsterman in Georgetown Maine, who still fishes with about 75 traps. Herbie shares his philosophy on aging, death, and the risks of retirement. He is an example of living life to the fullest.

Duct Tape Isn’t Enough Training Modules 1-6

Duct Tape ModulesThis 1.5-hour-long DVD shows Dr. Ron Breazeale presenting the training modules. An excellent guide for train-the-trainer programs.

Included in the Package

  • The book Duct Tape Isn’t Enough.
  • Daily Heroes, volumes 1 and 2. This two-part DVD set shows the compelling stories of 16 people who have demonstrated resilience in their personal and professional lives.
  • Modules 1 through 6. This 1.5-hour-long DVD shows Dr. Ron Breazeale presenting these modules.
  • The DVD, Where’s Herbie? This award-winning, timeless documentary has a heart-warming message no one will forget.
  • A 20% discount on future orders of the book Duct Tape Isn’t Enough, training materials, and DVDs.
  • Initial consultation regarding use of the program

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