We begin with the very real premise that the capacity for resilience — intentionally building and using the skills of living life with caring, connected relationships, contributing and pursuing opportunities, maintaining high self expectations—can be enlivened in every living being.

    With respect for the individual and the determination to facilitate positive, lifelong outcomes, we have developed a research-based process to assist individuals in building upon their inner strengths. It is the CERD Resilience Process and it can be developed as a skill set in virtually any environment.

    Accessing deep reserves of human strength.

    The goal of The CERD Resilience Skills Building Process is to engage hearts and minds—to help each participant experience what is known as a felt sense of meaning. When an individual can be inspired to delve inward to identify their own strengths and interests, they access their intrinsic motivation to grow. This is critical to the process. Because the person who has felt a connection with another—who has experienced opportunities to truly participate and set high self expectations—has the greatest potential to thrive.

    Making transformation possible.

    Substantial neurobiological research supports a linkage between emotions and learning which is consistent with our findings—that the greatest opportunities occur by creating emotional states of readiness for perception, learning and development. We know that adversity can be used as springboard and it must be acknowledged. As we turn the focus to resilience and its most basic protective factors, transformations are made possible.

    A skills building process with universal application.

    Leaders and trainers of The CERD Resilience Skills Building Process have dedicated their careers to understanding the entire spectrum of cognitive, motor and emotional intelligence skills. Our process is dynamic—it is designed to be an evolving aspect of human engagement. Our teaching principles are universal and can be applied to any situation.

    • Business organizations
    • Non-governmental community service organizations
    • Government organizations
    • Social welfare and public health community service organizations
    • Colleges and universities
  • Our scope of services is comprised of three distinct components.

    A flexible format allows you to work with one, two, or all three.

  • Organizational Development

    We Consult

    An assessment is integral to development of a strategic plan.

    When planning for transformational change in an organization, every aspect matters. What are the goals? What are the existing strengths and available resources? Before resilience can be integrated into the culture of an organization, our CERD team considers the current operation in full. This constructive, collaborative, strengths-based assessment provides the basis for a strategic plan—a plan based on the individual strengths of your team so that together, they are more directed, productive and connected.

  • Professional Development

    We Teach

    Making a strengths-based connection with all learners.

    We base our skills building training workshops on the key protective factors for resilience development—connectedness, opportunities to participate and contribute, and high self expectations. Because it is through the ‘experience’ that an emotional state of readiness can be reached, participants use the resilience model to learn and make strengths-based connections. We work with three distinct disciplines: Human Development, Physiological Psychology and Educational Psychology. By reinterpreting, adapting and applying your training experience from the workshop to your own professional setting, the CERD Resilience Skills Building Process adapts easily into the fabric of your organization.

  • Evaluation Services

    We Observe

    Studying your organization’s policies and programs from a strengths-based perspective.

    The goal is to make certain the programs and policies you have in place are working in the best interest of your organization and the people you serve. As an objective third party, advocate and trained observer, we use a unique, science-based methodology to review your daily operation.We have a number of useful tools at our disposal—surveys, statistical analysis, interviews, focus groups, surveys—and adapt our method to what is most appropriate to the particular situation.