Girls Club Workshop / Resilience

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Here’s our summary for the last Girls Club workshop, which was at Optic Kitchen + Bar on Sunday 7 September.

The Theme: Resilience

What is resilience, and why is it important?

“the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness” – Apple Dictionary, 2014

“Resilience is the process of continual development of personal competence while navigating and negotiating with available resources in the face of adversity.” – Worsley, 2010

“Psychological resilience is defined as an individual’s ability to properly adapt to stress and adversity. Stress and adversity can come in the shape of family or relationship problems, health problems, or workplace and financial stressors, among others. Individuals demonstrate resilience when they can face difficult experiences and rise above them with ease. Resilience is not a rare ability; in reality, it is found in the average individual and it can be learned and developed by virtually anyone. Resilience should be considered a process, rather than a trait to be had. There is a common misconception that people who are resilient experience no negative emotions or thoughts and display optimism in all situations. Contrary to this misconception, the reality remains that resiliency is demonstrated within individuals who can effectively and relatively easily navigate their way around crises and utilize effective methods of coping. In other words, people who demonstrate resilience are people with positive emotionality; they are keen to effectively balance negative emotions with positive ones.” – Wikipedia, 2014

7 Key Areas / Skills

Resilience seemed like a really good and interesting topic, but boy! Once we started researching it, we found that it was a HUGE topic. There are lots of different factors that can contribute to your levels of resilience.

After a bunch of research, we decided to cover 7 areas or skills in the workshop.

To increase our resilience, we want the following to be good, healthy & positive:

  1. Support networks
  2. World view
  3. Self-concept
  4. Self-efficacy
  5. Self-regulation
  6. Communication
  7. Problem solving

Please note: These are all skills/areas we can learn, practice and improve upon.

The Activity

For some of the 7 topics, it was relatively easy for us to include questions or little activities to assess and think about our skills in these areas.

Other topics are harder to assess in a simple way, so we included some basic questions to help think about our skills.

Download the Activity Sheet to work on the questions & answers at home.

Thank You

Thank you everyone for coming – our biggest turnout ever! It seemed like people were having a good time, and maybe learning something about themselves or at least having some food for thought… we had some lovely feedback afterwards.

And thank you also for sharing thoughts on what other topics you would like cover (or like to offer) in future workshops! We’ll be going through that list and doing some planning.

Upcoming Events

Our next workshop is on Sunday 5 October, and the topic is My Personality. We’re consulting with a psychologist to plan the workshop and make it both useful and interesting.


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