Recent Study at SUNY Oswego

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Program Outline

Average completion time is ~2 hours

Brain Science 101

  1. Intro to Brain Science
  2. Brain Development
  3. Pathways
  4. Brain Chemicals
  5. Autonomic Nervous System
  6. Pruning and Paving
  7. The Prefrontal Cortex

The Resilient Mindset Model (Presented by Dr. Donna Volpitta)

  1. Intro to the Model
  2. The Four S's of Resilience
  3. Explaining the S's
  4. Tying it Together
  5. The Ant
  6. The Grasshopper
  7. The Glowworm
  8. The Dragonfly
  9. R.E.A.C.T.S.
    1. Respect
    2. Equity
    3. Alliances
    4. Control
    5. Territory
    6. Similarity

Health & Balance

  1. Wellness
  2. The Four R's of Adolescence
  3. Balanced Decisions
  4. Excercise
  5. Rest & Sleep
  6. Focus
  7. Pride, Compassion, Gratitude
  8. Snacks!
  9. Socializing

Mental Health Literacy

  1. Mental Health Literacy
  2. Trauma & The Brain
  3. Types of Trauma
  4. Violence, Anxiety, and Depression
  5. Coping
  6. Protective Factors
  7. Risk Factors
  8. Help and Thanks



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.

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.