Resilience Program

Resilience means being able to handle challenges of life, small as well as big ones - especially when life is hard. Naturally the development of resilience takes place between people and in our minds.

The resilience Program is a highly flexible web based low-cost brief intervention program designed to support the development of resilience in vulnerable children, adolescents and families. The program contains practical knowledge about resilience, good old and new knowledge about thoughts, feelings and the brain, knowledge about bullying as well as good stories and small games and inspiration for problem solving.

The Resilience Program is developed as part of the Child Mental Health Research Programme, Mindhood, funded by the Tryg Foundation, and run by The Danish Committee for Health Education.

The program is introduced to target groups in short lectures and courses.

Extensive pilot studies[1] (involving about 4000 teachers and preschool teachers and 3000 parents) indicate wide applicability and usefulness.

It is reasonable to assume that resilience is valuable for human beings in almost any context. For that reason the program is tested in trials in a range of different settings in 2013-2018:

  • A cluster randomized controlled trial with 12.000 Danish children and young people in foster care and residential care.
  • A randomized controlled trial with 10.000 young people with ADHD.
  • A matched controlled whole school approach study with 60 Danish schools.
  • A matched controlled youth education study for vulnerable students.
  • A pilot study with 10 schools in Greenland – with the aim of supporting resilience and prevent suicide among young people.

Other randomized controlled trials are under way.

[1] Lundgaard Bak, P: Mentalizing communities for children, in Midgley N, Vrouva I (eds.): Mentalization based interventions with children and families, Routledge 2012.

For more information about the resilience program, please contact:

Carsten Obel
Mobile: +45 29428405