Resilience & Healing

"Resiliency is the act of recovering and adapting in the face of trauma, stress and negative life altering events. We become more resilient when we teach empathy and self-awareness, celebrate our accomplishments, and demonstrate self-efficacy."
- Lysetta Hurge-Putnam, Executive Director, Independence House


Racial Equity & Liberation Virtual Learning Series
Move to End Violence
A 6-week online learning community to explore racial liberation

What? Why? How? Answers to Frequently Asked Questions about the Adverse Community Experiences and Resilience Framework
The Prevention Institute
Building on core concepts in the Adverse Community Experiences and Resilience Framework, this report addresses early questions that emerged in practice and implementation and gives an opportunity to refine and clarify elements of the Framework. This resource explains how the Framework could be applicable across a diversity of communities and community concerns.


Tarana Burke on How to Support the #MeToo Movement 
Community organizer and #MeToo movement creator Tarana Burke reflects on the movement she founded to empower survivors of sexual violence in the video from Variety magazine. The clip features Burke chronicling the movement’s explosive growth in the last five months, debunking the ways critics mischaracterize its core mission and pointing would-be supporters toward the website she created for further action.

21 Day Challenge: Self-Care For Sustainability and Impact
Move to End Violence
Move to End Violence created the 21-Day Challenge as a resource individuals and organizations to practice self-care for sustainability and impact. A new challenge starts the first Tuesday of every month.
Sign-up for a future challenge!

Milwaukee’s Blueprint for Peace: Charting the Path Forward With the Adverse Community Experiences and Resilience Framework 
The Prevention Institute
Although violence affects the entire city, it takes on inequitable toll on specific neighborhoods and populations, including youth, women, and people of color. This report examines how Milwaukee was able to use the Adverse Community Experiences and Resilience Framework as a tool for planning and implementation.

Building Community Power to Heal and Thrive
The Prevention Institute
This resource looks at how the coalition – 253 making Connections – used the Adverse Community Experiences and Resilience Framework to analyze how structures such as racism, inequality, and unequal distribution of power create the foundation for how communities experience trauma. This report also analyzes the ways in which communities respond to trauma as well as how they can go about undoing it.

Building Cultures of Care: A Guide for Sexual Assault Service Programs 
The National Sexual Violence Resource Center
This detailed guide from 2013 provides information to support sexual assault services programs in strengthening their organizational and individual responses to survivors of sexual violence through the use of a trauma-informed approach.

Charlottesville Reinforced That Self-Care Is an Essential Part of My Activism
Activist Bree Newsome reflects on self-care as a radical form of resistance, especially for black women, and shares her strategies for personal sustainability.

Collaborating With the Disability Service System To Prevent Sexual Assault and Support Survivors with Disabilities
This Powerpoint presentation by Meg Stone and Keith Jones outlines a systemic and organizational response to addressing sexual violence for people with disabilities.

Community Resilience Cookbook Website
Community Resilience Cookbook
This website describes Adverse Childhood Experiences and the effects on the brain, focusing on resilience strategies. It includes frameworks for crafting responses to trauma and a glossary of terms presented in an accessible format.

The East San Jose PEACE Partnership
The Prevention Institute
This report looks at how the East San Jose PEACE (Prevention Efforts Advance Community Equity) Partnership helped towards building a healthy, peaceful and empowered community by preventing and addressing the violence and trauma that affects youth. This resource also looks at how The Adverse Community Experiences and Resilience Framework has helped to guide the PEACE partnership.

EMDR International Association Website
EMDRIA: EMDR International Association
Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) psychotherapy is often used to treat post-traumatic stress disorders symptoms. Directed towards clinicians, this site offers EMDR training, certification, research, resources, and how to find a therapist.

End Abuse of People with Disabilities Website
End Abuse of People with Disabilities
This Center for Victimization and Safety at the Vero Institute for Justice site provides information, resources and action steps to end sexual assault, abuse and exploitation of people with intellectual and physical disabilities.

Hardiness Resilience
From the Website of Dr. Paul T. Bartone
This site provides research and background information on the Dispositional Resilience Scale – DRS, a valid and reliable instrument for measuring the personal resilience qualities summarized as psychological hardiness. The current DRS15-R is the result of 30 years of research and scale development work. The concept of hardiness provides a valuable model for understanding resilient stress response patterns in individuals and groups. Often regarded as a personality trait or set of traits, psychological hardiness is better understood as a generalized style of functioning that includes cognitive, emotional and behavioral qualities.

Heal Helping Torture Survivors Heal From Trauma
This comprehensive site offers trauma resources for torture survivors and providers including: publications, webinars, research and additional links. The information is categorized by mental health, social services, legal, medical, special populations, administration, and national and international healing centers.

Resources and Webinars from The International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies
The International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies
ISTSS is dedicated to providing information about the effects of trauma and well as the discovery and dissemination of knowledge about policy and service initiatives that work towards reducing traumatic stressors and their short and long-term consequences. This site offers resources for trauma providers and individuals seeking treatment. Resources include: assessments, research, treatment guidelines, webinars, and membership.

Letter From Indigenous Activists
Sierra: The National Magazine of the Sierra Club
Published in Sierra, the magazine of Sierra Club, this article written by Jade Begay and Dallas Goldtooth, activists in the Indigenous Environmental Network, advocates for social justice movements that are intersectional, embrace Indigenous feminism and disrupts the status quo of white supremacy.

“The Sexual Assault Epidemic No One Talks About”: People with Intellectual Disabilities and Sexual Violence
National Public Radio (NPR)
A project of the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault, PreventConnect highlights the NPR series of stories and findings from a yearlong investigation into sexual violence and people with intellectual disabilities, Abused and Betrayed: People with intellectual disabilities and an epidemic of sexual assault. This page links to additional resources.

Unlocking Us
Brené Brown
Brené Brown hosts the podcast, “Unlocking Us.” The show explores topics that “unlock the deeply human part of who we are, so that we can live, love, parent, and lead with more courage and heart.” 

STAR Toolkit (Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience)
Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at EMU
This list of resources is compiled using The Center for Justice and Peacebuilding’s Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience (STAR) framework. Resources cover a variety of topics: trauma and resilience studies, restorative justice, conflict transformation, human security, and spirituality.

Policy Implications of Recognizing that Caregiver Stress Is Not the Primary Cause of Elder Abuse
Generations, the Journal of the American Society on Aging
Published in Generations, the Journal of the American Society on Aging, this article frames elder abuse as a social justice issue. Authors Bonnie Brandl and Jane Raymond describe how elder abuse is distinct from caregiver stress.

Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University
This website explores the idea of resilience and offers a wide variety of resources on child development. Created by Harvard University, this resource is valuable to the public and service providers alike.

The Strength of Your Body, The Power of Your Voice: Self-Defense for Safety, Healing and Wellness
Presented by Meg Stone of IMPACT Boston, this PowerPoint describes the ways in which comprehensive self-defense programming aims to prevent sexual assault and promotes trauma-informed, strength-based responses.

Building Your Resilience
The American Psychological Association
This article on the American Psychological Association website is intended to help readers embark on their own road to resilience. The information describes resilience and some factors that affect how people deal with hardship. Much of the article focuses on developing and using personal strategies for enhancing resilience. Page includes a link to find a psychologist.

Resilience in the Aftermath of Domestic Violence
By Kim M. Anderson, Lynette M. Renner, and Fran S. Danis
This study explores the recovery process and outcomes for 37 women formerly in an abusive intimate partner relationships. Findings indicate that participants and had relatively strong resilience. The article discusses how social and spiritual support was instrumental to participants’ recovery, growth, and resilience. Implications for helping professionals include gaining a more comprehensive understanding of recovery from domestic violence. This type of knowledge may contribute to interventions that build on women’s strengths and resourcefulness.

Resilience in Women Victims of Domestic Violence: A Phenomenological View
By Liliana Maria Labronici
This phenomenological study was developed in the Reference and care center for women victims of domestic violence in Curitiba, Brazil, and the metropolitan region, from April to August of 2010. The objective was to reveal the manifestation of the resilience process in women victims of domestic violence.

Self Care After Trauma
RAINN (Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network)
This article offers both physical and emotional self-care strategies for survivors of trauma. The article is also available in Spanish by clicking the translation link.

How Strength-Based Leadership is Transforming the Domestic Violence Field in California
Strong Field Project To End Domestic Violence
This project was created to encourage sustainability and innovation in organizations to create a stronger network of domestic violence service providers in California. This resource offers organizations information on identifying strengths and using them to create an impact in the field. Its findings and recommendations can be applied to other settings working with survivors of trauma. Visit this page for further resources available on the Strong Field Project website:

Trauma and Resilience
Wilder Research, 2014
Q&A written by Wilder Research in conjunction with Anoka County Mental Wellness Campaign to promote resilience and recovery for those who’ve experienced traumatic events. This 11-page snapshot is intended for people who are working with children, adults, and families in other settings, such as churches or other faith communities, child care programs, support groups, shelters, or other community social services.

Taking a Gendered Approach to Community-Trauma in San Diego’s East African Refugee Community
The Prevention Institute
The following report looks at how the Making Connections initiative by the Prevention Institute helped engage young men from the East African community in San Diego, while using the Adverse Community Experiences and Resilience Framework, to analyze the social context of the community, place, and the economic and educational opportunities. This helped them to identify how experiences of trauma were affecting mental health in the community.

Healing TREE (Trauma Resources, Education & Empowerment) Website 
Healing TREE
Healing TREE is a nonprofit dedicated to transforming how society responds to abuse and interpersonal trauma. This organization connects those who have suffered trauma with resources necessary for healing rather than coping, provides education to professionals across fields and the public at large that promotes awareness, effective intervention and cutting edge treatment and offers empowerment through producing arts projects that encourage a healing movement.

Trauma and Resilience
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
This policy report entitled A New Look at Legal Advocacy for Youth in the Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare Systems provides a vital look at how system involvement—in the juvenile justice or child welfare system—can cause trauma, or exacerbate underlying trauma caused by sexual abuse, violence, the death of a loved one, witnessing violence, and other experiences. The report emphasizes the opportunity to support resilience in youth, and also recognizes the risk of lifelong damage from unaddressed trauma. PDF is downloadable with web discussion area.

Trauma Resilience: Healing the Wounds of Sexual Violence with the Holistic Healing Arts
The Breathe Network
Summary of workshop hosted by yogaview in Chicago in the Spring 2013. The event included an interactive discussion of the layered impacts of sexual violence on the body, mind and spirit and a moderated panel with healing arts practitioners about using a variety of modalities to treat sexual trauma. Introduction to the topic of sexual violence – covering definitions, impacts and changes on a survivor’s life and personal experience of the benefits of utilizing the holistic healing arts to support ongoing recovery. Panel discussion with 5 Breathe Network healing arts practitioners whose modalities included acupuncture, chiropractic, EMDR, psychotherapy, art therapy and yoga.

What is Resiliency
Trauma Recovery, The Manitoba Trauma Information & Education Centre
Reviews definition of resiliency and provides an overview of multidimensional model of resiliency and common aspects of successful navigation and negotiation for well-being under stress including the following factors: general, relationships, community, cultural, physical ecology. Site also includes two minute video about resiliency.

Spotlight: Building Resilient and Trauma-Informed Communities
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Building individual resilience is an ongoing process related to many factors including: individual health and well-being, life experiences and social support. The SAMHSA Spotlight Series presents various approaches to building trauma-informed, resilient communities. This report outlines SAMHSA’s six principles of trauma-informed approaches. The wider SAMHSA website offers Trauma and Resilience resources including links to other websites and SAMHSA publications.

Howard Zehr’s Restorative Justice Resource Library 
Zehr Institute for Restorative Justice
These articles and blog posts have been curated from the Restorative Justice blog of Dr. Howard Zehr.

Trauma Informed Congregations–The Power of Relationships to Heal
The Center for Faith and Community Health Transformation
This presentation discusses how experiences of adversity or trauma can affect our bodies and how the natural practices of congregations can actually restore brain pathways and impact our physical, mental and spiritual functioning. Presented by Rev. Kirsten Peachey, Director of Congregational Health Partnerships for Advocate Health Care and ordained in the United Church of Christ.


Charles Hunt: What Trauma Taught me About Resilience

In this 14 minute talk, Charles Hunt discusses why resilience is one of the most important traits to have, is critical to happiness and success, and can be learned. Adept at leveraging transparency to inspire and get results, Hunt, a former College Recruiting, Talent Management, Diversity, and Supply Chain leader left the corporate world to fulfill his vision of building unbreakable spirits and cultivating resiliency for those who, like him, have The Audacity to Succeed. He helps students & young professionals build resilience, believe in bigger and greater for themselves, and create the educational, financial, and professional plans to get there.

What is Cultural Healing? University of Minnesota

The University of Minnesota created this 5-minute video that discusses cultural healing, what it is, how it works, who can benefit, and how historical trauma impacts this.


In this TedTalk, Morgan Dixon and Vanessa Garrison talk about a nonprofit inspiring Black women to reclaim their health and communities as they face the trauma of systemic racism. In the spirit of civil rights, and inspired by the legacy of Harriet Tubman, GirlTrek activates Black women to be change makers – through walking.

In Brief The Science of Resilience
Center on the Developing Child: Harvard University (2015)

These short videos are part series about resilience and explore how responsive exchanges with adults help children build skills they need to manage stress and cope with adversity

In Brief The Science of Resilience Center on the Developing Child: Harvard University

In Brief The Science of Resilience Center on the Developing Child: Harvard University