Resilience: How Can We [Help] Build It?
Building Resilience By Providing the Right Tools To Youth (At the Right Time)
- The ability of a substance or object to spring back into shape; elasticity
- The capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness
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This term has become a buzzword in schools and community programs as the rise in behavioral problems and mental illness is showing that children in the U.S. are lacking certain skills to withstand life's struggles. An article in PsychologyToday discusses that college students of this generation are ill-equipped to handle their problems, and discusses that there are many reasons that this could be so. Rather than discussing what is to blame, teachers, helping professionals, and other community programs are offering their solutions.
One resource for solutions is provided by the American Psychological Association (APA) called the “Resilience Guide for Parents and Teachers”. This interactive guide offers appropriate interventions for each age range, and provides the reader with options for preventing crisis by encouraging the development of certain habits in youth. These habits are built by personalizing an approach to developing resilience for each student and child. Some general tips that the guide offers include:
- Maintaining a daily routine
- Looking for opportunities for self-discovery
- Making connections
- Teaching self-care
By providing these, and countless other tips, in a child’s youth, we can provide them the tools necessary to learn how to manage day-to-day struggles as well as the larger obstacles that will present themselves.
Developing resilience in youth is one of the goals of School to Career Progressions. By providing interventions at young ages, this program equips youth with a variety of tools - such as Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy techniques, relationship building, and learning how to set realistic goals - that can be utilized at any age. The more tools in the tool belt, the more prepared an individual will be, and the more likely an individual will find those that suit him or her best, and use them in a time of need.