October 7, 2021
At Worth-it we have been at the forefront of supporting 1000s of young people to develop resilience for 10 years. We specialise in using Positive Psychology Coaching to support the development of resilience in young people.
We apply this coaching approach through a range of targeted support programmes for young people, staff training and development programmes, and through our work as consultants with the NHS, Local Authorities and organisations that work with children and young people.
Resilience is essentially the successful adaptation in the presence of risk or adversity (Garmezy, 1986; Luthar, 2003; Olsson, Bond, Burns, Vella-Brodrick, & Sawyer, 2003). Resilience does not mean you are immune to stressful situations rather that you can overcome and deal with them.
There are numerous examples of young people and adults who have “overcome the odds” of negative effects of risks. These people would be considered resilient. Rather than a single influence or factor, resilience is the outcome of a process that takes into account both the level of risk exposure and the presence of protective factors.
These protective factors are often internal strategies and resources that come from within the individual, although these come naturally to some people, they are skills that can be taught and and developed.
Research shows that the ability to navigate, overcome and recover from adversity is the key ingredient for happiness, success, engagement and achievement.
Resilience helps young people gain skills for life that help them deal with, and manage challenging situations and circumstances that are unfortunately unavoidable in life. These can include managing unexpected change, going through transitions, dealing with daily hassles or a range of stressors.
Resilience also helps young people to cope with unexpected traumatic events, such as the COVID-19 pandemic. The ability to deal with uncertainty, change and ambiguity are key skills. Learning skills for resilience during adolescence can make a real change to a young person's outcomes and success in life.
Resilience is the distinct ability to recover from difficult events rather than an invulnerability to stress.
Resilience is a dynamic learning process that combines several internal mechanisms and strategies that individuals utilise when faced with challenges or adversity. Our approach helps young people learn skills that develop these components of resilience.
Promoting and building resilience in young people is key to our model of early prevention at Worth-it. Our targeted online resilience workshops for young people and resilience coaching for young people as well as our coach training for staff to support pupils addresses and offers tools and techniques to develop these key components of resilience in the young people you work with:
Evidence tells us that these strategies essential for resilience can be developed through coaching young people. We provide packages of coaching support to schools and organisations who work with young people. Training in how to coach young people and applied within your school by developing a our whole school approach to wellbeing and resilience.
We pride ourselves on our collaborative and evidence-based approach that has had a positive impact on the resilience levels of the young people we have worked with in schools, organisations and commissioners across the UK.
Although we have been providing direct support for young people to develop resilience ourselves for several years. We identified that the way to make this targeted work more effective and the best way to support young people to develop sustainable levels of resilience is by making it an integral part of a whole-school framework for developing positive mental health and wellbeing.
We work with schools to support them in building the resilience of children and young people under their care. By working with them to provide effective resilience workshops, coaching and other mental health interventions that fit the requirements of Ofsted, the RSE and PSHE Curriculum, we enable them to empower the young people to manage even the most stressful and challenging situations.
Learn more about our whole school model to find out how to support young people to develop resilience.
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