Date of Award

Fall 12-14-2023

Document Type

Project (696 or 796 registration)

Degree Name

Master of Science in Counseling


Graduate Studies

Committee Chair

Taryn Akgul


Students, Resilience, Adversity


Resilience is important for a child’s ability to persevere, as well as their physical health. Parental influence, connection, cultural identity and coping skills are some factors that can help build resilience within a child. Teaching and surrounding the child with positive connections can help children overcome and persevere when faced with stressful and traumatic events. Children need opportunities to learn skills to reduce the impact of severe stress on their bodies (Sciaraffa, et al, 2018). The resilience small group will help children receive the chance to practice these skills in a group of 4-6 of their peers. Children will be taught skills to promote a growth mindset, assertiveness, and the importance of positive peers and adults in their lives. Students will also practice mindfulness and the importance of humor. This will give them the ability to work through challenges in healthy way. There are negative and positive ways to cope with challenges or tough circumstances. Creating positive healthy coping skills can a help a child have a healthy lifestyle. Student will be more likely to work through adversity if they have the positive foundational skillset. Teaching resilience to children can create a healthy lifestyle and the ability to bounce back from adversity.

Keywords: Students, Resilience, Adversity

Included in

Counseling Commons



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