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1 Academic – Professor of Child, Family and Community Health -Child and Family Psychotherapist (National Health Service, working with schools and families) -Adoptive parent of three children with complex needs

2 CAPABILITY AND RESILIENCE: BEATING THE ODDS FIGURE 1: IDENTIFICATION OF RESILIENCE Outcome Adversity LowHigh Positive Negative A.Favourable experience of life B. Resilience: Unexpected positive outcome C.Unexpected negative outcome D. Risk and vulnerability (reference and downloadable copy: Capability and Resilience: Beating the Odds Edited by Professor Mel Bartley, published by UCL Dept Epidemiology and Public Health on behalf of the ESRC Priority Network on Capability and Resilience ( ).www.ucl.ac.uk/capabilityandresilience Professor Angie Hart

3 Resilient approaches: The kinds of things we need to make happen (e.g. events, parenting strategies, relationships, resources) to help children manage life when it’s tough. Plus ways of thinking and acting that we need ourselves if we want to make things better for children.’ (Aumann and Hart)

4 Professor Angie Hart ‘Adequate provision of health resources necessary to achieve good outcomes in spite of serious threats to adaptation or development.’ Source: Ungar 2005b: 429

5 ‘Resilience is an emergent property of a hierarchically organized set of protective systems that cumulatively buffer the effects of adversity and can therefore rarely, if ever, be regarded as an intrinsic property of individuals.’ Source: Roisman, Padrón et al. 2002: 1216 'Resilience does not constitute an individual trait or characteristic…Resilience involves a range of processes that bring together quite diverse mechanisms…' Source: Rutter 1999: 135

6 ‘Parents, carers and everyone in day-to-day contact with children and young people need a better understanding of child development, the causes of mental health problems and things they can do themselves to build resilience and deal with issues as they emerge, whatever age their child.’ Source: CAMHS Review 2008

7 Professor Angie Hart

8 Strands of Resilience Research Individual attributes Social factors Processes and mechanisms Cultural context Children & young people Adults (Reich et al 2010) Communities Resilient practices (Aumann & Hart 2009)

9 Daud, Refugee children from Iraq. Some children who had a traumatised parent did as well as some of those who didn’t. WHY?

10 Resilient Therapy (RT) (Hart & Blincow 2007) RT strategically harnesses selected therapeutic principles and techniques Originally developed in relation to children, families and young people Now exploring relevance beyond that (adults – communities) Developed for use across contexts and by different practitioners, including parents and young people themselves Designed to work in people) as co-collaborators in the development of the methodology rather than as recipients Is user-friendly and readily accessible – you don’t need a lengthy specialised training Non-pathologising – ‘upbuilding’

11 Professor Angie Hart

12 Two positive adult roles model Three worthy hobbies Doing good for two people, at least once a week Steer towards positive kids ‘Autobiographical narrative’ – find two positives Point out meaning and joy in three small things Keep their future in mind and help them to, too Tackle inequalities in their life Benevolent boot camp Attend to your own resilience If at first you don’t succeed, try again later Two positive adult roles model Three worthy hobbies Doing good for two people, at least once a week Steer towards positive kids ‘Autobiographical narrative’ – find two positives Point out meaning and joy in three small things Keep their future in mind and help them to, too Tackle inequalities in their life Benevolent boot camp Attend to your own resilience If at first you don’t succeed, try again later

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14 Further reading Hart, A. and Blincow, D. with Thomas, H. (2007) Resilient Therapy: Working with children and families. London: Routledge Aumann, K. and Hart, A. (2009) Helping children with complex needs bounce back: Resilient Therapy for parents and professionals. London: Jessica Kingsley Tedex talk: Website: Professor Angie Hart


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