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Resilience is our ability to bounce back from failure. It’s something part our mindset and helps us recover and grow from setbacks.

Resilience needs to be grown, nurtured and encouraged. If it were a plant, it would be watered by adversity. You could say that resilience is the ability to bounce back from adversity. It affects a person’s ability to learn and is also linked with social and emotional skills, personal characteristics and mindset. It’s a process that takes time and requires several supporting skills, for instance: putting problems into perspective:
reframing; putting plans into action; having a positive mindset or outlook; and communicating with others. As people build resilience it builds self-worth and confidence.

Skills for the Future

Consider technology, the flexibility of where and when people work, with more autonomy, the immediacy of communication and the blurred lines between work and personal life. With this comes a change in skills requirements and lessen of relevance for some other skills.

Work Skills

The World Economic Forum (WEF) have produced a bi-yearly report detailing the changing face of the workplace in the world and importantly the necessary skills the future workforce will need. In 2016 the top ten skills included, problem-solving; critical thinking; creativity; people management; coordinating with others, emotional intelligence, judgement and decision-making, service orientation, negotiation and cognitive flexibility. Since 2016 the list has grown in subsequent reports, however, these ten remain prominent.

Who is it for?

This course is adults, parents, children and families together.

Group Size

Groups of approximately 10 adults work really well. It can be delivered for groups of up to 30 children, or 10 parents and 10 children.

How will I learn?

We like to deliver face-to-face. Often our courses take place in schools and community centres. We do also deliver this course online.

1. Know yourself

In this session, we will:

  • Learn about and reflect upon our personal learning styles and preferences;
  • Learn about what makes an effective learner;
  • Explore, practise and reflect upon our team role preferences;
  • Learn about our characteristics and preferences to how we relate to others and tasks.
2. Understanding Resilience

In this session we’ll look at:

  • Resilience, confidence and tenacity – what is it and where does it come from;
  • Our personal experiences and levels of resilience;
  • A deeper understanding of resilience;
  • Opportunities to practise resilience skills.
3. Practising Resilience

In this session, we will:

  • Explore further our understanding of resilience;
  • practise resilience through practical resilience-based challenges;
  • Consider ways to develop resilience in our lives;
  • Understand the supporting factors that are required to build resilience;
  • Make a personal resilience-building plan.
4. Planning and Setting Goals

In this session, we will cover:

  • Setting and sticking at goals;
  • What we can learn from goals we’ve set previously;
  • Why goals are useful;
  • Goals, directions and aspirations;
  • Motivation;
  • Making it SMART;
  • Ingredients for goal-setting;
  • Making a plan with little steps;
  • Weighing the pros and cons.
5. Overcoming Barriers

In this session we cover:

  • Triggers that cause us to fail;
  • Social nudges;
  • Making it public;
  • Habit forming;
  • Positive reinforcement;
  • Using distractions;
  • Physical readiness: sleep.
6. Problem solving

In this session we will:

  • Define a problem;
  • Explore different types of problems and how we frame them;
  • The seven steps to solving a problem;
  • Group problem-solving technique;
  • Expert thinking technique;
  • Block problem-solving technique.
7. Collaboration

In this session we will:

  • Consider the benefits of working in or as a team;
  • Explore and understand teamwork ingredients;
  • Reflect and evaluate our team role preference;
  • Practise and reflect upon teamwork skills;
  • Learn about assertive communication;
  • Practise active listening;
  • Learn about effective leadership and decision-making.
8. Creative Thinking

In this session we will:

  • Understand what creative thinking is;
  • Explore the ingredients and requirements for creative thinking;
  • Practise lateral and creative thinking skills through a series of creative challenges;
9. Emotional Intelligence

In this session we will:

  • Explore the definition of emotional intelligence and where it fits alongside other types of intelligence;
  • Consider our experiences of emotional intelligence from and with others;
  • Learn techniques for having a positive influence on others and making a good impression;
  • Practise listening techniques;
  • Reflect upon how our  body language impacts our interactions with others;
  • Consider how our brain controls our actions and how much conscious control we have;
  • Consider, reflect upon and share effective ways to manage emotions.
10. Coaching Skills and Conflict Resolution

In this session we will:

  • Consider different types of conflict;
  • Consider the reasons for conflict, people’s reactions and they can be resolved;
  • Explore ways to resolve a conflict using creative thinking;
  • Learn basic coaching skills to support others to manage conflict;
  • Practise coaching skills using the GROW coaching process model.
Is there a cost?

No, this course is totally free. We secure funding from elsewhere to remove any financial barriers to parents taking part.

Do I need to attend the whole course?

Each session is a stand-alone workshop, in most cases. All 10 workshops work very well as a full course however.

We suggest putting the two resilience sessions together; goals and barriers together; and problem-solving, creative thinking and coaching and conflict together.

They also work best in the order displayed.

Where does it take place?

We deliver our courses in the community. This means we find a venue near you, usually in a school or community centre. We also deliver this course online.

Will there be reading materials?
Yes, we’ll make sure you have access to all the relevant reading material via our website, and by email.
Is there anything I need to bring to the sessions?

Not really. You can bring a pen and paper if you would like to make notes as you go, however, we’ll make sure you have access to everything we produce in the sessions as well as the presentation slides and reading materials.

I don't have a tablet or laptop. Can I join using my phone?

Whilst it’s possible to join and take part in the course using just a mobile phone, you’ll find your experience is improved if you use a tablet, laptop or desktop computer.

The bigger the screen the better the experience. Plenty of parents do take part using their phone, however.

You might be able to use a computer in your child’s school, children’s centre or community centre, so we suggest asking it that’s possible.

Sessions: 1 – 10

Duration: 2 hours

Delivery: Online or face-to-face