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RESILIENCE THINKING


The Resilience Thinking one-day workshop uses the design thinking framework to develop a specific plan for implementation of trauma-informed principles in a community. Key principles include safety, trust, voice/choice, collaboration, empowerment, historical equity context and peer engagement. By the end of the day, the entire team is energized around a shared goal.


This course is suitable for a variety of settings including educational, medical, civic, social justice and business. Agendas are custom designed to address the needs of the client environment and their level of familiarity with trauma principles. Typically, we begin with the simple goal of helping participants understand that empathy is a best practice that can be inserted in daily life.

Sample Agenda

9:00-10:15 SESSION 1: EMPATHY

  • Norms and trust building

  • Unpacking journey of key stakeholders

  • Orientation to design thinking

  • Orientation to trauma-informed care and healing-centered engagement


10:15-10:30 Break


10:30-12:00 SESSION 2: CHALLENGE DEFINITION

  • Revisit existing challenge

  • Group consensus on goal

  • Exploring the “perfect scenario”

  • How will we judge success?

  • Focus on the historical context

  • Crosswalking assets and opportunities


12:00-1:00 Lunch

1:00-2:30 SESSION 3: IDEATION + PROTOTYPING

  • Principles of brainstorming and silent writing

  • Perspective shifting

  • Evaluating value of ideas

  • Planning a “MVP” pilot


2:30-2:45 Break

2:45-4:00 SESSION 4: TESTING + NEXT STEPS

  • Personal action plan

  • Individual feedback

  • Idea iteration

  • Group presentations

  • Discussion of ongoing support

To extend learning beyond the course, participants receive a workbook, individual action plan and visual reminders to keep trauma principles top of mind.