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The second in our 'Wellbeing@School' series, this resource explores the seven essential skills of resilience- emotional awareness and self-regulation, impulse control, optimism, flexible and accurate thinking, empathy, self-efficacy, connecting and reaching out in to practical activities for years 7-10.

This will help you to:

  • explain resilience
  • implement resilience building skills in to every classroom
  • explore the Australian Curriculum General Capabilities (Personal & Social Capability).
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What is resilience?

Resiliency skills help young people to effectively deal with adversity and change and are vital to their wellbeing.

Resilience is the ability to bounce back from adversity. It is a necessary skill for coping with life’s inevitable obstacles and one of the key ingredients to success. When we apply resilience through the positive psychology lens, the learning is not only to bounce back, but to bounce forward. Examples of challenges some young people may face where resiliency skills are essential:

  • physical illness
  • change of school
  • transitioning from primary school to high school
  • change in family make up (divorce, break up)
  • change of friendship group
  • conflict with peers
  • conflict with family
  • managing study workload.

Building Resilience in Young People contains lesson plans which explore each of the 7 elements of resilience and has been designed for implementation in Years 7-10.

Content in this resource assists students in exploring the Personal and Social Capability of the Australian Curriculum.