The Resilience Champion Certificate

The Resilience Champion Certificate is a self-paced 6-week online training designed for individuals or teams who want to apply the concepts from The Basics to their own setting and lead their organizations or communities on the path to resilience.  We created The Resilience Champion Certificate because, as trainers, the most frequent question we hear is something along the lines of “Ok, I get ACEs. But what can I do about it?” This program is designed to help people get out of the starting gate and move from Aha! To Action.

In this training, participants choose a setting where they would like to integrate a trauma-informed approach. Our professional coaches then support them through a process to assess, create goals, and create an implementation plan to use in their setting. Using cross-sector examples of Resilience Champions throughout the course, we offer concrete examples of interventions that have worked. The program is rooted in the human-centered design philosophy that “the people who face the problems every day are the ones who hold the key to their answer” and integrates concepts and tools from a range of disciplines in leadership development, strategic planning, and implementation practices.

Course Outline

Each week we are going to focus on a different topic. These topics are designed to build on one another as we walk through a process to integrate a trauma-informed and resilience-building approach into your setting. The topics include:

Session 1: Exploring Your Why:
In this session, we will invite you to take a step back and explore your intention for this course, your purpose behind the work you are doing, and your overall vision for integrating this approach into your setting.

Session 2: Establishing the Foundation:
In this session, you will explore some of the essential ingredients for establishing a strong foundation for the integration of this approach. Throughout this session, there will be an emphasis on building effective teams, fostering collaboration, and promoting a culture of healing.

Session 3: Defining the Need:
In this session, you will use a systematic approach for assessing your organization or community. As part of this, you will examine different aspects of your setting, such as leadership capacity, policies and procedures, and physical environment.

Session 4: Meeting the Need:
In this session, you will build off the findings of your assessment to define concrete goals for integrating this approach into your setting. As part of this, you will use a strengths-based approach to identify resources that can support you on your journey.

Session 5: Focusing on Implementation:
In this session, you will focus on translating your goals into a concrete action plan. To support this goal, you will walk through a process designed to brainstorm and execute potential solutions.

Session 6: Building Sustainability:
In this final session, you will explore some of the key factors that will help sustain this approach over time. As part of this, you will be encouraged to return to your “Why” as a way to keep your overall purpose and vision at the center of your work.


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