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Building Resilience Course

New Life II…Your Community on the Road to Recovery

Building Resilience: Strengthening Self, Others, and Your Community

Building Resilience is an engaging, interactive pedagogical experience that examines the nature of trauma, the correlation between trauma and mental health and how COVID-19 has impacted mental health services and the need for human connection. Building Resilience also provides insight into human trafficking, racial injustices, aids in building trauma-informed communication and practices,
explores connections with family, sense of community, and how we are taking care of ourselves focusing on mind, body, and spirit.

This enriched curriculum was developed in response to the current state of our society and the holistic support many individuals, families, and professionals may need. Building Resilience is more than “just a
training,” it’s an opportunity for individuals to start with deep self-reflection while enhancing knowledge, awareness and understanding
of the various topic areas all while building upon problem navigating solutions to your approach and effective daily interactions.

Curriculum Outline

Module 1:

Going Inside

Participants will be able to define and understand the following through various discussion, reflection and group work:

  • Understanding your “WHY”
    • Who you are
    • Hope to be
    • Want to become
    • All connected to mind, body and spirit
  • Building your “toolbox”
    • Understanding new views
    • Learning different ideas
    • Create problem navigating methods
    • Open your mind to new/various approaches
  • What do society and our biases say trauma is?
    • Looking at various myths
    • Interpreting what is true and what is false
  • Understanding Trauma
    • Defining trauma
    • Clinical Trauma vs Urban Trauma
    • Racial injustices
    • How we see trauma
    • How we measure trauma
    • How do we water the trauma tree

Module 2:

Exploring and Building Knowledge

Participants will be able to understand the impact of trauma through various discussion, reflection and group work:

  • What does society say about gender and roles?
    • Explore societal views and personal bias 
    • Examine cultural impact on these views
    • Discuss stigmas associated with various roles
    • How this connects to trauma, ourselves, and our community?
  • How do the brain and body work together?
    • Understanding stress signals between “normal stress” and “extreme stress reaction”
  • Case In Point
    • Go over real like scenarios related to trauma
  • Reviewing Socialization and Development differences between men and women
    • Statistics
    • Link between trauma and offending 
    • Connecting trauma to human sex trafficking 

Module 3: 

Making Connections and Building on Skills

Participants will learn how to reduce the effects of trauma through various discussion, reflection and group work:

  • Building on trauma-informed communication
    • The importance of language 
    • Four steps to take in trauma-informed communication 
  • Mental Health
    • Definition of mental health and how this connects to trauma
    • Stigmas around mental health 
    • What does a mental health diagnosis mean?
  • Providing Support for Those with Mental Health Issues 
    • family, relationships and those within the community 
    • How do we provide support?
  •    How are we taking care of ourselves?
    • Vicarious trauma vs secondary trauma

Module 4:

The Family Unit

Participants will examine the family unit, what defines family and how to work together through various discussion, reflection and group work:

  • Taking a Trauma-Informed Approach to Relationships and Connections
    • Explore the definition of family, friends and relationships; 
    • What defines family
    • Understanding core principles of trauma-informed care and the impact on relationships
    • Building our garden
  • The Family Breakdown
    • Impacts of our current society 
    • Impact of family structure and family trauma 
    • How we are tending to our own “garden” 
  • Case in Point
    • Explore real-life scenarios of family situations examining how trauma-related instances can impact the family unit
  • Healing
    • Discuss various ways to heal and help others heal around you
    • The importance of boundaries
    • Examine other solutions that can assist in creating enhanced relationships
    • Putting it all together 

Course Fees

All fees are non-refundable unless otherwise stated here.

Application Processing Fee (due upon acceptance):       $35

IHF Course Registration Fee:       $250

TOTAL:       $285

NOTE: Only make a payment once you have submitted an application and have been accepted. 

Please designate your payment as “Building Resilience Registration.” Thank you!

Application Instructions

Please make sure you understand each item on the list. Only complete applications will be considered.

  • Please complete the entire application prior to submitting it to New Life II.
  • New Life II will not accept payment prior to your acceptance into the training program. 
  • New Life II will only accept applications that are complete with full names (not nicknames or initials) and that are signed as required.

Apply to Attend the Building Resilience Course

New Life II

49 1/2 Union Street

New Britain, CT 06052

860-371-8271 | 860-371-8287


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