Applying Tools in the Time of COVID-19

We understand that this is a time of significant worry and uncertainty for many. As communities across the globe continue their efforts to keep people healthy and safe through social and physical distancing, we are proud to offer Resources for Resilience™ virtual listening circles to all community members. These online gatherings are available at no cost and are designed to bring people together to practice resiliency tools and promote resilience through compassion and connection. For more information about our virtual listening circles, or to receive news and updates about how you can connect with us online, please join our mailing list today. 

Resources for Resilience

Sharing tools to support everyone’s capacity for wellbeing.

Our mission is to share tools to support everyone’s capacity for wellbeing. That is why we offer  trauma-informed and resiliency-focused programs to individuals, organizations, and communities  across our state – and beyond. Resources for Resilience™ was formed in response to the public health  crisis of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and seeks to address the ongoing stress and trauma that many face every day. The practical strategies that we offer are intended for anyone to use as we  work to prevent future adversity and help people stay healthy and connected during tough times.  We believe that everyone has the ability to deepen their resilience and experience better days.

Upcoming Virtual Events

Resiliency Champions Training
McDowell County Schools | May 19, 2020 

Reconnect for Resilience™
Cabarrus County | May 19-20, 2020 

Reconnect for Resilience™ Parent Night
Caldwell County Schools | May 19, 2020

Resiliency Stories

“Since learning resiliency tools, I truly am a different person.
I find myself more aware of what is going on around me and within
me – I take better care of myself now that I know these things. I am
more understanding of those in my life – my family, friends, people
I work with – even people in the grocery store or in traffic! I feel
more able to actually live my life than just have it happen to me.”

Allison Sturtevant Gilliam
Wife, Parent, Social Worker


Resources for Resilience, The Effects of Stress and TraumaNeuroscience has taught us that trauma is a biological event that affects the body. When trauma, or the stress and adversity of daily life, overwhelms the nervous system, we are thrown automatically into a fight-or-flight reaction. This takes us out of our resilient zone and can result in us feeling amped-up or shut-down. While useful in an emergency, these states can have serious negative effects on our emotions and physical health if left unaddressed over time.

Resources for Resilience, Staying Well in Tough TimesOur brains are designed to keep us safe from harm. They do this so well that, sometimes, stressful events can overwhelm us long after we are safe. This can affect our learning, creativity, relationships, and even our physical health. Research has taught us, though, that there are ways to form new pathways in the brain that make us more resilient. Our goal is to share these simple, practical tools with others so that we can all stay healthy and connected in tough times.

Resources for Resilience, Our ApproachOur resiliency educators teach about trauma, the brain, and the human nervous system in a way that people of all ages and backgrounds can understand. Our simple, teachable format is designed for anyone to learn. We have conducted hundreds of trainings for schools, mental health agencies, faith communities, and healthcare institutions, in addition to educating first responders, domestic violence and homeless shelter staff, and community organizers.


North Carolina Managed Care Organizations are available to assist you in finding the help you need, when you need it most. Contact them today for information about the mental health, substance use and intellectual or developmental disability services in your area.

Schedule a VIRTUAL Training Today

If you are interested in attending an upcoming event or would like to host a class or training in your area, please let us know. We are also available to answer your questions and can offer tools and other resources to promote resilience in your community.


Healing from the Inside Out: Brain Science, Building Trust, and Growing Community Wellness with Eastern NC Neighbors

Resources for Resilience™ (RFR) doesn’t just offer a one-time train-the-trainer experience and then expect new partners to be fully prepared to lead our two-day Reconnect for Resilience™ (Reconnect) trainings; instead, we offer a six-month Resilience Educator Apprenticeship Program (REAP) that allows emerging trainers to observe, practice, reflect, and build comfort and capacity as a leader in this work…

A Most Beautiful Resource

Recently, I was invited to participate in a Reconnect for Resilience™ (Reconnect) training at one of my favorite places on the planet – Hope Reins. Hope Reins serves children in crisis using horses, a beautiful 33-acre ranch, human connection, and words of hope and faith. It is a healing place. This space and these people mean a great deal to my family. I am mom to two daughters who arrived into our family through adoption…

Restoring Self-Compassion

In a training at a county jail, we were asking participants to imagine how different trauma scenarios might affect someone. We described the following hypothetical situation: Rob’s Grandma, who raised him, had a stroke. She was on life support and died. Rob was in jail at the time and couldn’t go to the funeral. We asked our participants to imagine how this might affect the Rob’s thinking, emotions, or…

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