Let’s Make Me Resilient

A comprehensive training programme for teachers and others who support young people to bounce back from life’s challenges. 

Designed specifically for delivery of workshop sessions within secondary schools, this training not only explains how to present this material and how this is underpinned by research and best practice, but it also provides teaching guides, presentation materials, discussion tools and tips on how to respond to those tricky questions.

Resilience is the ability to bounce back – and move forward – from periods of change and adversity, stress and trauma, loss, disappointment, and perhaps most importantly, the strain and intensity of just doing the “day-to-day” in today’s world. We know that those most at risk – many of today’s youth – need resilience more than anything.

Our capacity for resilience is directly related to our capacity for flexibility, adaptability, productivity and longevity. Additionally, resilience contributes significantly to making good decisions when we are under stress, reaching out for help when we don’t know what to do, and noticing and helping those around us who may be in trouble.

Resilience Training makes the challenges we face “smaller” – simply by making us “bigger” and more capable.
Edmond Otis BA, MSc, MFT
Program Developer

What is ‘Let’s Make Me Resilient?’

This is a ‘resilience training program’ designed for delivery within New Zealand schools by teachers or counsellors with the aim to assist young people to learn the skills that are essential for ‘resilience’.

The program is designed to be delivered over three 45–60 minute interactive sessions for groups of up to 30 people, followed by a fourth wrap-up summery session. Other format options are available based on site, student year, group flexibility and need.

Session Overview

1. Let’s Make Me Resilient: Participants learn to apply cognitive concepts and skills from sport, health, and performance psychology - to living everyday life and facing challenges from a positive perspective. Anticipated learning outcomes: Students will learn to apply three specific “Think the Way Resilient People Think” strategies for when they find themselves in difficult or challenging situations.

2. Real Stress Management Skills: A training to specifically address the types of stressors we most commonly face. We will help participants understand how stress works, and how it affects our thoughts, emotions, and behaviours (including self-destructive and addictive behaviours). Most importantly, this session focuses on providing participants with actual, practical, personal and inter-personal stress management techniques and skills that they will be able to use immediately. Anticipated learning outcomes: Students will learn 2-3 specific useful stress management techniques for the times that they can’t change their situation.

3. Making Difficult Conversations Easier: We all need to communicate, but for a lot of us, the conversations we really need to have, are the hardest for us to start and finish. They are the ones we end up avoiding – which often just makes things worse. This session will cover some good ways to figure out what you need to say, to who, and how to say it.  Anticipated learning outcomes: Students will learn 2-3 specific face-to-face communication techniques and strategies that will help them communicate more effectively with peers, parents, family, teachers, and
strangers – specifically when they need to – but don’t know how.

4. What have we learned – this session draws together the three previous session, recaps the learning and build student confidence that they can build their ‘resilience’.

Real Feedback from Real Teachers

"The most valuable aspects were the opportunity for students to reflect on managing themselves and realise that they not alone in the way they deal with situations that may arise and to realise there are strategies to deal with every situation".

"I loved hearing our students talking about the sessions in between workshops. We also had great feedback from parents when they heard about the content in the workshops".

"Being taught strategies of reducing stress. Especially the exercises!  These are so simple but effective. Our students need to know these ways".

"Very clear presentation!  Very good tools!".

"Stress strategies, breathing, tense. Love the egg/basketball.  Excellent presentations - engaging, clear and activities/videos to keep students engaged and pitched at their level and interests".

And Here Is What Students Said They Learnt

"To just carry on and always stay positive and that having plans are good to have, as well as making a change to many outcomes that come your way".

"That our brain has a GPS. That "calm down" makes someone mad. That we have to say "no" three times for it to be processed".

"Different ways to handle and talk to people in hard situations and conversations".

"That there are different ways to breathe and I have probably been breathing wrong my whole life and how to calm myself in different situations".

"I think the phrase of doom because it taught me that no matter how I say calm down, it still won't make the conversation any better. It is better to admit to your wrongs".

"Saying no is OK and having to learn when to say no. Muscle relaxation to relieve stress".

"How to start a hard conversation with my parents or how to bounce back from a bad day or game".

Who is Edmond Otis?

Edmond is a health educator, licensed psychotherapist, and speaker who works with individual clients, athletes, sport teams, businesses, and public and private organisations, in New Zealand and the US, to increase resilience, improve performance, reduce stress, and facilitate change.

Edmond and his family moved to New Zealand in 2008, and became citizens in 2015. He is a senior lecturer in Health and Sport Science at the Eastern Institute of Technology (EIT), and from 1981 – 2007, a senior lecturer in Humanities and Physical Education at the University of California, Riverside. As director of UCR’s nationally known martial-arts program, Edmond coached numerous individuals and teams to national (USA) and international karate championships.

Edmond developed ‘Lets Make Me Resilient’ with Health Hawke’s Bay – the primary health organisation in Hawke’s Bay. 

Who Should Attend

This comprehensive training programme is ideal for teachers and others who support young people to bounce back from life’s challenges. 

The Background to “Let’s Make Me Resilient”.

The program was trialled across schools in Hawke’s Bay during 2016-17 and then presented at 14 secondary schools during the 2018-19 academic years. It is expected that a similar number of schools within Hawke’s Bay will use the program in the 2020 with many schools choosing to have Edmond present the workshop.

To spread the skills and better support young people, this ‘Teacher/Trainer Workshop’ is designed  specifically to train others to deliver the program. Our vision is to deliver this by training teachers or local coordinators within schools and then offer an ongoing coaching process where Edmond supports schools to integrate the training within their curriculum.

The Let's Make Me Resilient workshops are worth 20 points/7.5 hours CPD

Date & Location:

Price & Registration

One Day Workshop

Registration process

Payment online is by VISA, Mastercard or American Express (DEBIT or CREDIT card) only and there are 3 easy steps to complete the online booking process.
Upon completion of your registration, you will receive an automated confirmation email. If you have any issues or questions about your booking, please contact Nathalie van Dort on 021 066 9811 or email: nathalie@grow.co.nz

What happens if you have to cancel?

We know that sometimes your plans can change for many different reasons. Should you be unable to attend, a substitute delegate is welcome to attend at no extra cost. If a substitute delegate is not available and you need to cancel your registration, please be aware of the following:

Up to 7 days prior to the event you will be provided a refund of your registration cost, less a $50.00 per attendee plus GST service charge

If you cancel within 7 days of the event, you are not eligible to receive a refund. Please note: should your registration not be paid by the time of the event, you are still liable to make the payment. Unpaid accounts may be passed over to our debt collection agency and additional costs may be incurred. 

All cancellations must be received in writing (email). You will be sent the event's materials upon request.

Delegates are responsible for their own travel/accommodation bookings and no compensation will be made should the event be rescheduled or cancelled.

Please note: GROW Ltd reserves the right to make any amendments that we may deem to be in the best interest of the forum – it is however very unlikely and we will notify you as soon as possible should this occur.

For more information see our full Terms of Trade.

Further Details

Arrival tea & coffee, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea are included.

Post-Event Takeaway Reference Material

In line with our sustainability objectives, conference presentations will not be distributed in hard copy but will instead be available via a weblink to be advised via email following the conference.

Commitment to Access and Equity

We are committed to access and equity and endeavour to meet the needs of all delegates. Please contact our team at 021 066 9811 if you require special assistance. In order to assist us in understanding delegate needs, please advise your access requirements as early as possible. Request at late notice may not be able to be met.

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For further details, please contact:
Nathalie van Dort at nathalie@grow.co.nz or
Phone: 021 066 9811