Adult Resilience

  • Overview

    Dr Paula Barrett
    Who is this for?
    Students, adolescents, young adults, adults, elderly; culturally and linguistically diverse
    Who is this from?
    Secondary school teachers and staff Allied health professionals Other
    Mentally Healthy Communities, Family Partnerships, Learning Resilience
    Secondary School
    Mindfulness, Self esteem and body image, General mental wellbeing, Connectedness and relationships, Families and parenting education
    The Adult Resilience program aims to provide positive coping and resilience skills for those aged 16+. The Adult Resilience program is also taught to parents to increase their resilience and coping skills and ensure that the FRIENDS "language" is be spoken at home.
    $5.00 per Activity eBook & $5.00 per Manual eBook. Licensing and renewal costs vary.
    Victoria, New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory, Queensland, Northern Territory, South Australia, Western Australia, Tasmania
    Friends Resilience
  • Implementation

    Detailed description

    The Adult Resilience program is aimed at students in year 11 or 12 who may be dealing with an increase in pressure from school (or finishing high school), choosing a career, social lives, and home. This may lead to stress and anxiety about exams, relationships, and body image, among other things. The Adult Resilience program equips participants with the skills necessary to overcome these challenges.

    Program structure & method delivery

    Program structure is flexible: - Weekend intensive: 2 x 6 hour sessions - 24 x 0.5 hour sessions - 12 x 1 hour sessions - 6 x 2 hour sessions. Licensees can provide face-to-face training for their teachers/facilitators, once accredited they can start delivering the program in classrooms or groups. Friends Resilience offers online training through the Friends Resilience Portal for our licensees, once the online training is completed, they can deliver the programs in classrooms and groups.

    Student assessment measures


    Professional learning compulsory


    Licensees/Facilitators must complete training and receive their certification before delivering the FRIENDS programs. All Licensees/Facilitators have to complete training in the Theoretical Framework and Adult Resilience program before undergoing training in other FRIENDS Programs.

  • Evidence

    Identified theoretical framework

    FRIENDS is based on the theoretical model for the prevention and early intervention of anxiety and depression. It addresses attachment (emotions), physiological (body), cognitive (mind), and learning (behaviour) processes which are seen to interact in the development, experience, and maintenance of anxiety. The FRIENDS theoretical framework integrates risk factors and protective factors, as well as the CBT Model. It also incorporates thinking about the child's value system and people in their lives who they can look up to and turn to for support, who are consistent with these values. Many of the skills and techniques taught during interventions that are associated with these four areas have been used extensively in the prevention and treatment of anxiety disorders in children and youth.
  • Authors


    Dr Paula Barrett

    About author(s)

    Dr Paula Barrett has been published widely in the area of prevention and treatment of anxiety and depression and the promotion of resilience through the evidence-based Friends Resilience Programs. Paula received the Highly Commended Certificate in the Human Rights Medal of the Australian Human Rights Commission for her contribution to the wellbeing of children, youth and the wider community. She has been recognised as being amongst the top 1 percent of publishers within the field of Psychology and Psychiatry at an international level. Paula was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship at the end of her high school studies, and a Commonwealth Scholarship in 1991 to complete her research Doctorate, the National Australian Association for Cognitive and Behaviour Therapy Early Career Award for her research and innovation in the field of Clinical Psychology in 1998, and the National Australian Psychology Society Award for outstanding scholarship in the discipline of Psychology in 1999. Paula also received the 'Lord Mayor's Australia Day Achievement Award' for far-reaching services in the community for families and children. She is a member of the Centre for Excellence in Mental Health at the Australian National University.