Brief description:

Children and youth can experience many forms of adversity. Sometimes mild, like not being understood by adults when trying to express their needs, sometimes severe, like being exposed to poverty, domestic violence, and war. Faced with heightened adversity, some children will develop negative outcomes whereas other children will stay on a healthy course or “bounce back” and resume typical development, demonstrating something we call resilience. Whether or not children show resilience depends on the resources available to them in their families and communities, and their own emerging personal resources. The main goals of this training are to offer a comprehensive overview of resilience and to identify the key features of a child’s life that can be nurtured or changed to aid them in developing the adequate skills to foster their resilience when adversity occurs.

Duration: Training can be delivered online or in person. We suggest 0.5-day training for online delivery (adapted version) and 2-day training for in-person delivery.

Training topics include:

  • Covering the basics of resilience related to children and youth (Process, capacity, outcome; Adversity and toxic stress; Key attributes of resilience in children and youth; Environment influence; Protective factors and risk factors)
  • Practical approaches to build resilience (The role of a trusted adult; the role of nature, sports, and art)
  • Fostering resilience (when working directly with children and youth; through Meaningful Youth Participation)
  • Embedding resilience in your own programs
  • Best practices around the world

For: Local and international NGOs, ECD institutions, practitioners, community workers, and volunteers. Local policymakers (municipalities) and local organisations.