Have you ever wanted to learn how to be a more resilient person?

The Community Counseling Assistance Program (CCP) team took part in the Adult Resilience Curriculum (ARC) training provided by Mental Health Technology Transfer Center Network (MHTTC). The training provided the team with new skills and credentials to teach adults how to be more resilient.

“We were really excited to take part in the training and bring the skills and knowledge back to our communities,” said Shea Anderson, CCP Community Counselor. “Resilience is a word that is thrown around a lot, and now we can take the idea of resilience and bring it to life. We can help adults understand how to purposefully act with resilience in everyday life.”

ARC, which is based in positive psychology, was originally developed in 2013 by Dr. Clayton Cook and Dr. Gail Joseph for pre-service and in-service teachers, and it has been adapted to also help people working in healthcare, including doctors, nurses, behavioral health providers and administrators. It is designed to promote well-being and enhance people’s capacity for resilience. It builds upon the strengths of existing programs and makes the content more accessible and feasible for real-world professionals in various disciplines. This curriculum is not designed to replace mental health services or treatment.

“ARC is broken down into 10 categories that all build upon one another,” said Michaela Collins, CCP member. “It is full of great examples and activities to help apply each section’s key takeaways in your life.”

The curriculum is rooted in six core concepts that center around identifying elements within yourself, like the relationship between stress and wellness, creating environments that you can thrive in, understanding and following your personal values, adapting mindful-based practices, connecting meaningfully, and creating a personal wellness plan that is made for you, by you. There are four complimentary concepts that can be chosen by individuals as they see fit. They are about building positivity, health, relaxation and coping techniques.

“It draws on skills, past habits and experiences to reframe your mental process in dealing with challenges and events. It doesn’t talk about health and experiences like we see in social media or hear through stories. It is forgiving and adaptable to each person. It’s not one size fits all,” said Anderson.

If you are interested in learning more about ARC or receiving ARC training by our CCP team, please call 970.828.6004.

If you are in crisis, please call 911 or the 24/7 Axis 24/7 Care Line at 970.247.5245.