Amidst a wealth of publications on resilience, this is a unique source for turning theory into practical application in rebuilding lives of youth at risk. The critical factor in success is a relationship with caring adult—as Urie Bronfenbrenner observed, every child need at least one adult who is irrationally crazy about him or her. These relationships are the bedrock of resilience, the ability to persevere through adversity, recover, and flourish. The authors tap scientific research on resilience to reframe youth problems as pain-based behavior. They carefully describe practical strategies to help young people overcome difficulty and thrive by developing these core strengths:
Trust. Building bonds to meet the fundamental human need to belong
Talent. Identifying untapped abilities and nurturing problem-solving skills
Power. Strengthening self-control, self-confidence, and responsibility
Purpose. Finding self-worth through generosity and service to others
With support from adults who believe in their possibilities, youth can experience restorative relationships, discover hidden talents, solve problems creatively, and find a sense of meaning and fulfillment in their lives. This book was an INDIES Award Finalist in Education.
Solution Tree (2011). 177 pages.
“In this inspiring resource, the authors focus on strength-based alternatives to punishment, including creative ways to develop trusting relationships, search for hidden potential, and instill purpose in students.”
“The Resilience Revolution illustrates resourceful ways to achieve positive life objectives in challenging children through developing trusting relationships, searching for hidden potential, teaching the importance of responsibility, and instilling purpose.”
—Hawker Brownlow Education, Australia