SEL Academy Series – SEL V – Building Resilience and Self-Care (OST)

Building upon the previous session, participants are invited to continue the journey into self-care by practicing key mindfulness and self-regulation techniques that bring greater well-being and balance. In the long term, regular practice can lead to what is referred to in neuroscience as resilience – the ability to adapt, respond and bounce back from trauma and constantly changing life situations. Participants continue to apply and track the effects of emotional regulation tools in interactions with coworkers and youth. Ways of proactive responding and building resilience among youth in an Afternoon Meeting are explored, including choosing activities that promote self-regulation.


Prerequisites:  Foundations in SEL, Afterschool professionals from a PSELI pilot school, Prime Time Registry ID

Session Materials:  Morning Meeting Book, Afternoon Meeting Training Manual



Core Competencies Addressed:

Core Knowledge Area- Child/Youth Growth and Development
1C: Use Developmental Knowledge to Create Healthy, Respectful, Supportive and Challenging Environments

Core Knowledge Area- Interaction with Children/Youth
5C: Promote positive expression, group experiences between adults and children/youth.

Core Knowledge Area- Learning Environment and Curriculum
4C: Design and develop curriculum to support social emotional development. Level 2 and 3

Core Knowledge Area- Professional Development and Leadership
7B: Integrate reflective practices and critical perspectives on performance. Level 2 and 3.


Primary QIS Scales Addressed:

Safe Environment: I-A. Psychological and emotional safety.

Supportive Environment: II-F. Welcoming atmosphere.

Interaction: III-M: Sense of belonging, Q. Youth develop positive peer relationships. L. Manage feelings and resolve conflicts.

Engagement: T. Youth opportunities to reflect.

Family: Positive communication with family


Training Objectives:

  1. Identify the factors and habits that build resilience.
  2. Practice adult SEL tools to increase self-care and resilience.
  3. Apply restorative and responsive tools to manage behavior and build youth resilience.


Training Outcomes
Participants will:

  1. Advocate for self-care among peers and model the qualities of a caring adult in interacting with youth.
  2. Practice a specific self-care / well-being habit weekly and journal regularly to build personal resilience.
  3. Apply one or two proactive discipline strategies that is/are responsive to youth needs during a program activity.