Building Resilience Community Training Program

At Building Resilience we provide resilience training and tools to communities that wish to promote independent management of adversity and problem-solving among their members and who have a desire to create an atmosphere of peer support and mentoring within their communities. What makes our program unique is that we teach the Skills & Attitudes of resilience, provide ample opportunity to practice their application, and establish peer coaching networks in order to maintain them.  We invest in a more resilient tomorrow.

The Building Resilience Community Training Program was designed to meet the training needs of a variety of communities. The presentation is customized which means the community gets what it wants and/or needs. We understand that the training needs of 1st. Responders are different than those, for example, of students and teachers. One size does  not fit all. We have the willingness and ability to adjust our sails to navigate the ship. We know that practice is key to assimilating new information and our training reflects that by providing a great deal of practice in small groups.

The goal is to build resilient communities.

The initial focus is on personal resilience training. We believe that is where the learning must start. Whenever large groups of individuals develop resilience Skills & Attitudes, communities can be strengthened. Abundant research supports the affirmation that resilient individuals are the building blocks of resilient communities. The goal is to build resilient communities; one individual at a time.

We all benefit from building resilient communities. In the face of adversity, we must depend upon ourselves and our peers. That is who will be there before the first responders arrive on the scene of any disaster and that is who will be beside us as we face more and more 21st.-century challenges. Resilience is more than just having an emergency plan. We need personal resilience in order to carry out those plans during times of challenge, adversity and/or crisis. Wouldn’t it be nice to know that we are prepared?


  1. The objectives of the Building Resilience Community Training Program are as follows:

1. Define resilience and the critical role it plays in individual lives. This involves understanding the concept of resilience as a learned response to challenges, adversity, and crisis.

  1. 2.  Facilitate learning from the past. Examine past coping strategies and evaluate why they did or did not work to manage challenges/adversity through interactive individual and small group exercises.
  2. 3. Identify current challenges/stressors. Evaluate their impact on personal and community life in the company of one’s peers through interactive individual and small group exercises.
  3. 4.  Introduce options for developing new strategies and changing mindsets through practice applying the Skills & Attitudes of resilience to relevant challenges in the company of one’s peers (the community) using interactive individual and small group exercises.
  4. 5.  Introduce basic coaching concepts that will allow peer coaching to evolve naturally through practice. Group discussion and pairing are used to practice these strategies.
  5. 6. Recognize the influence and value of one’s peers. Peer support is a powerful thing for frontline employees (the community) and administrators/supervisors (community leaders) as well. Peer coaching takes support one step further by providing a wealth of options and resources that are immediately available as needed.
  6. 7. Build a resilient community. The process is simple. Individuals who practice the Skills & Attitudes of resilience in response to day-to-day challenges, adversity and/or crises model resilient behavior. Through observation and peer coaching, these Skills & Attitudes are assimilated into the community. Administrators/supervisors (community leaders) must learn to promote and practice them if this is to take place.
  7. 8. Promote problem-solving and independent management of challenges, adversity and crises within communities by offering a Train-the-Trainer program. Maintaining resilience within an organization/community means taking care that each of its members has the Skills & Attitudes necessary to cope, and, that coaching/peer coaching and support are available to them on an ongoing basis.

9. Support the ongoing development of resilient communities. Our commitment to communities will not end with the training presentation. We provide monthly consultation for six months following training to discuss issues of program implementation that may arise.

10. Evaluate the efficacy of the training program. A final connection will be made at 12 months to assess and evaluate the challenges and benefits of program implementation. This information will be used to fulfill our commitment to ongoing program development.


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