The Resilience Framework is based on Resilient Therapy (RT), the name we’ve given to the set of ideas and practices originally developed by Angie Hart and Derek Blincow, with help from Helen Thomas as part of a book. We took the resilience research evidence base and put it together with other sets of ideas gleaned from our practice with very disadvantaged children and families in an NHS Child and Adolescent Mental Health Clinic. Alongside this, Angie’s adoptive parenting knowledge went into the mix and, more recently, we’ve collected experiences from those we are working with in our resilience Communities of Practice.

Resilience Framework - children and young people 2015

We distilled all these different sets of ideas into a handy table that summarises our approach and acts as a reminder to people of what’s included. We’ve called this table various things over the years, and have represented it in different ways – firstly, as a Resilient Therapy Magic Box of potions and remedies, a toolkit of ideas, then a more detailed Resilient Therapy Summary Table, a later version of the Resilience Framework that doesn’t use the language of ‘therapy’, a black and white Resilience Framework in case you, or the young people you support, prefer to colour code the Framework yourselves, and even a blank Resilience Framework so that you can write your own items if you wish. We’ve also designed an Interactive Resilience Framework especially for schools.

The Resilience Framework has been translated into Greek, Spanish, Turkish, French, Swedish, Portuguese and Danish, with more languages on the way. We’ve also been developing a version of the table for use with adults, the Resilience Framework for Adults, also available in German, and a Family Resilience Framework to support members of the wider family (parents, siblings, carers etc.).

All our tables and frameworks are available as PDFs and can be downloaded from the Boingboing website. Have a look at the Resilient Therapy background page for a quick overview and a few ideas to get you started with this approach.