Why Resilience?

Resilience is widely considered a major protective factor for the brain... but few of us know why & how we can become more resilient. We'd like to help.

  • Learn the brain science of creating resilient pathways.

  • Learn how the brain naturally responds to challenges.

  • Develop a framework for using any challenge to proactively build your resilience.

  • Create a plan for facing difficult situations and maintaining your balance.

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Course Outline

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  • 1

    Welcome!/ ¡Bienvenidos!

    • Introduction to the Course

    • Before we jump in.../ Antes de saltar ...

    • Welcome!/ ¡Bienvenidos!

  • 2

    The Resilient Mindset Model/ El Modelo de Mentalidad Resiliente

    • Why The RMM Works

    • The Resilient Mindset Model/ El Modelo de Mentalidad Resiliente

    • The 4 "S" of Resilience/ Las 4 "S" de la Resiliencia

    • Activity: The 4 "S" Framework/ Actividad: El Marco de las 4 "S"

    • Introducing the 4 Characters/ Presentando a los 4 Personajes

    • The Ant/ La Hormiga

    • The Tools for a Healthy Brain/ Las Herramientas Para un Cerebro Sano

    • Activity: Applying the Tools/ Actividad: Aplicar las Herramientas

    • The Grasshopper/ El Saltamontes

    • The Glowworm/ El Glowworm

    • R.E.A.C.T.S. Social Threats & Rewards/ R.E.A.C.T.S. Amenazas y Recompensas Sociales

    • Activity: Understanding Your Triggers/ Actividad: Comprensión de Sus Factores Desencadenantes

    • The Dragonfly/ La Libélula

    • Activity: 4 Characters in Action/ Actividad: 4 Personajes en Acción

    • Mindful Choices/ Elecciones Conscientes

    • Activity: Dragonfly Mindfulness/ Actividad: Mindfulness de la Libélula

    • Activity: Box Breathing/ Actividad: Respiración de Caja

    • Activity: Applying the Model/ Actividad: Aplicar el Modelo

  • 3

    The Resilience Formula/ La Fórmula de la Resiliencia

    • The Resilience Formula/ La Fórmula de la Resiliencia

    • The Resilience Formula Activity/ Actividad de la Fórmula de Resiliencia

    • Step 1: Planning/ Paso 1: Planificación

    • The Resilience Formula: Planning Activity/ La Fórmula de la Resiliencia: Actividad de Planificación

    • Step 2: Implementing/ Paso 2: Implementación

    • The Resilience Formula: Implementing Activity/ La Fórmula de la Resiliencia: Actividad de Implementación

    • Step 3: Reflecting/ Paso 3: Reflexionar

    • Apologies & Restorative Justice/ Disculpas y Justicia Restaurativa

    • The Resilience Formula: Reflecting & Apologies Activity/ La Fórmula de la Resiliencia: Actividad de Reflexión y Disculpas

  • 4

    Well Done!/ ¡Bien hecho!

    • In Conclusion/ En Conclusión

    • Before you go.../ Antes de Que te Vayas...


Founder of Pathways to Empower

Dr. Donna Volpitta

Always an educator, Dr. Volpitta loves finding ways to translate neuroscience so that people can apply it to their own lives. Her work is grounded in the latest research in neurology, psychology, and education. She is the co-author of The Resilience Formula, author of Neuroworld, co-creator of the Nametags Education Program, and is a sought-after speaker. A former classroom teacher (and mother of 4 adolescents!) with experience in both general and special education, Donna holds a doctoral degree in Learning Dis/Abilities from Teachers College, Columbia University.


Jason Schofield

With a strong background in coaching, management, entrepreneurial consulting, and developing products and services in the technology space, Jason brings his creative spirit and forward-thinking mindset to the Pathways products. Jason feels incredibly fortunate to have the opportunity to unite his three main passions, education, health, and entrepreneurship, through Pathways to Empower.