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101 Mindful Ways to Build Resilience

Cultivate Calm, Clarity, Optimism & Happiness Each Day

Donald Altman

Did you ever wish you knew the secret to bouncing back from life's toughest roadblocks, wounds, and obstacles? According to psychotherapist, international mindfulness teacher, and former Buddhist monk Donald Altman, there is no secret. There is simply the skill of applying mindfulness to whatever new problem knocks on your door each day. It works because mindfulness rewires your brain and dramatically changes your relationship to the problem. The 101 mindfulness 'tools' in this book will give you newfound hope, optimism, and strength. These are simple, yet powerful mindfulness practices that you can apply in just a minute or two -- whether you're facing something extremely annoying or seemingly insurmountable. Those you know may think you've found a secret elixir to wash away your problems. But you'll know the secret is just retraining your brain with 101 Mindful Ways to Build Resilience.

22x15cm  130 pages  $32.00  

Big Little Book of Resilience

How to bounce back from adversity and lead a fulfilling life

Matthew Johnstone

Most of us set out quietly hoping for, and secretly expecting, to live a happy, successful and healthy life. But life doesn't always go to plan. The Big Little Book of Resilience is about developing flexibility, acceptance and self-compassion when those plans go awry. In this beautifully illustrated book, Matthew Johnstone guides the reader to an understanding of how resilience plays a key role in wellbeing. He offers an accessible roadmap to developing and maintaining resilience and how it can help you overcome and learn from difficult life events.

17x17cm  120 pages  $20.00  

Bounce Back

How to Be A Resilient Kid

Wendy Moss

Think of a bouncing ball. When a bouncing ball hits the ground, it bounces back. That's what resilience means — the ability to bounce back from tough times.
Some people seem to just automatically bounce back. But the truth is that resilience is not something you are born with or not — it can be learned.
Bounce Back will help you find your bounce using cool quizzes, lots of advice, and practical strategies that build up resiliency skills.
You'll learn how to:
-get to know yourself better
-understand your emotions
-coach yourself with self-talk
-calm yourself when you are upset
-deal with decisions, disappointments, and new challenges
-handle situations that are under your control
-negotiate, compromise, and navigate social conflicts
-cope with or adjust to serious sources of stress
-ask for help and guidance
And much more! Being motivated to learn resiliency skills is a great first step toward acquiring them! This book will help you to be more resilient and keep on bouncing back!

23x18cm  112 pages  $22.95  

Building Happiness, Resilience and Motivation in Adolescents

A Positive Psychology Curriculum for Well-Being

Ruth MacConville, Rae Tina

This resource is a fully-formed positive psychology programme designed to promote happiness, resilience and motivation in young people aged 11–18. It introduces the theory and research behind positive psychology, and includes a guidance section for facilitators on how to deliver the programme.
The programme itself is made up of 24 chapters which reflect each of the 24 'character strengths' identified by Martin Seligman, the founder of positive psychology. These strengths include creative thinking, kindness, fairness, leadership, forgiveness, and teamwork. Activities teach students how to develop these strengths and skills in order to initiate positive change in their lives.
This resource provides teachers, counsellors, psychologists, social workers and others working with young people with a complete programme to promote well-being in young people and help them flourish in their lives

28x22cm  256 pages  $67.00  

Building Resilience in Children and Teens

Giving Kids Roots and Wings (4th ed.)

Kenneth Ginsburg, Martha Jablow

This invaluable guide offers coping strategies to help children and teens deal with stress due to academic pressure, high achievement standards, media messages, peer pressure, and family tension. Recommendations guide parents to help kids from the age of 18 months to 18 years build the seven crucial C's competence, confidence, connection, character, contribution, coping, and control needed to bounce back from life's challenges.
This book provides a wide range of tactics, including building on natural strengths, fostering hope and optimism, avoiding risky behaviours, and taking care of oneself physically and emotionally. This edition includes new chapters on the topic of grit, stress and how how one's perception of stress affects what stress really is, toxic stress, and the protective role of nurturing adults. It also addresses the issue of adolescents responding to stress by either indulging in unhealthy behaviours or giving up completely, and the suggested solutions are aimed at strengthening resilience.

23x15cm  357 pages  $35.00  

Creative Coping Skills for Children

Emotional Support through Arts and Crafts Activities

Bonnie Thomas

Some children need quiet and soothing activities to calm them down, whereas others require more physical activity or intense sensory input to relax their minds and bodies.
This resource comprises a collection of fun, flexible, tried-and-tested activities and make-it-yourself workbooks for parents and professionals to help a child in need of extra emotional support find the coping skills that fit them best. Each activity lists the materials required and includes clear directions for how to do it. There is something for every child: whether they are dynamic and creative or more cerebral and literal. Projects include making wish fairies, dream catchers, and mandalas; managing unstructured time with activities such as creating comics, dioramas and tongue twisters; and simple ideas for instant soothing, such as taking deep breaths, blowing bubbles, making silly faces, and playing music. Also includes specific interventions for anxious or grieving children such as making worry dolls and memory shrines.
This book is full of fun, easy, creative project ideas for parents of children aged 3-12, teachers, counselors, play therapists, social workers, and all professionals working with children.

28x22cm  192 pages  $42.00  

Educating for Resilience

Prevention And Intervention Strategies For Young People At Risk

Graeme Withers, Jean Russell

Presents a framework or generalised model for the development of policy and practice in the care, education and support of all young people. Part 1 presents a grounded argument about principles underlying prevention and intervention and Part 2 presents a statement of the preferred model, with structures and programs. WAS $37.00

29x21cm  163 pages  $25.00  

Emotional Recovery After Natural Disasters

How to Get Back to a Normal Life

Ilana Singer

Forgetful, angry and wondering what's wrong? It's normal, after you have been in a disaster, to be lost and hurting. You have suffered a tremendous blow, probably larger than you can comprehend. Your whole world has changed. Many of the people, places and things in your life are gone. No matter how hard you try, you can't put everything back the way it was.

However, you can create a good, new life. You can rebuild the relationships with your family and friends. First though you need to regain the most important aspect of your life, your emotional stability.

This book is filled with practical information and tactics for victims of natural disasters and the people who work with them. There are tested, successful suggestions including examples of what to do and what NOT to do as part of recovering from natural disasters and returning to normal life.

23x16cm  183 pages  $27.00  

Healthy Mindsets for Super Kids

A Resilience programme for children aged 7-14

Stephanie Azri

Self-esteem, communication skills, positive thinking, healthy friendships, and dealing with anger, stress, anxiety and grief are all crucial parts of being resilient and having strong life skills.
Join forces with superheroes Steemy, Link, Zen, KipKool, Holly and Hally, Beau and Angel in this 10 session programme to boost resilience in children aged 7—14. Each session focuses on a key theme, and a superhero character helps to teach each skill, from overcoming anxiety to dealing with grief. A creative hands-on activity closes each session, and session summaries and tips for parents encourage children to continue learning and building their skills between sessions. An engaging comic strip story about the superheroes runs throughout the program. Sessions are flexible and easily adaptable for use in different settings and with younger or older children, and include photocopiable worksheets.
This imaginative resource is a complete programme, ideal for teachers, counsellors, therapists, social workers and youth workers.

28x22cm  173 pages  $42.95  

Heart Masters - Middle to Senior Primary

Johnston, Guthrie, Fuller & Bellhouse

A program for the promotion of emotional intelligence and resilience in the middle to senior years of primary school. Help students to motivate themselves, persist in the face of frustration, control their impulses, regulate their moods, keep distress from swamping their ability to think, achieve their goals.

31x19cm  160 pages  $50.00  

Heart Masters - Building Resilience and Managing the Difficult Emotions

A Teacher Resource

Bob Bellhouse, andrew Fuller, Glenda Johnston

This book has been written for teachers to help young people who are at the on-set of adolescence to develop awareness, skills and behaviours that will help them to manage their difficult emotions.
This is a period of time when young people may experience feelings more intense than previously. They are also often exposed to more stressful experiences. When emotions like stress, worry, anger and helplessness are not managed effectively, they can lead to difficulties like anxiety, violence, drug misuse and depression. Many young people suffer unnecessarily from these states of mental health.
The activities may be used in classroom lessons, or as an aide for teachers supporting young people individually. Health professionals may also find the ideas useful. Includes a set of blackline master ‘Problem Solving’ cards.


Heart Masters - Junior Primary


A program for the promotion of emotional intelligence and resilience in the junior years of primary school. Help students to motivate themselves, persist in the face of frustration, control their impulses, regulate their moods, keep distress from swamping their ability to think, achieve their goals.

30x21cm  160 pages  $50.00  

Heart Masters - Junior to Middle Secondary

Johnston, Guthrie, Fuller & Bellhouse

A program for the promotion of emotional intelligence and resilience in the junior years of primary school. Help students to motivate themselves, persist in the face of frustration, control their impulses, regulate their moods, keep distress from swamping their ability to think, achieve their goals. Helps children have a sense of belonging at school, be aware of their own feelings and those of other, control their impulses, put things in perspective and solve problems, and have friendly and positive relationships.

30x21cm  162 pages  $50.00  

I Just Want to Be Me!

Building resilience in young people

Timothy & Sandra Bowden

Today's children struggle with a range of issues, from depression and anxiety to poor body image and low self-esteem. In fact, research suggests that at any given time around 10 per cent of students will be suffering from a mental health issue that directly impacts on their education and health. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) (the subject of Dr Russ Harris bestselling 'The Happiness Trap') has been proven to be effective in teaching young people effective, flexible strategies for dealing with the stressors in their life and these principles are now brought to life in this graphic novel. By following the main character, Holly, through her encounters with monsters (symbolising her inner doubts and unpleasant thoughts), children will learn how to similarly deal with their own issues and develop a more resilient mental attitude and achieve better emotional balance

17x24cm  64 pages  $20.00  

I'll Know What To Do

A kid's guide to natural disasters

Bonnie Mark, Aviva Layton

Provides facts about earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, and mud slides and discusses how to deal with and survive a natural disaster. Annotation: Provides facts about earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, and mud slides and discusses how to deal with and survive a natural disaster.

21x15cm  64 pages  $16.00  

I've Got This Friend Who

Advice for Teens and Their Friends on Alcohol, Drugs, Eating Disorders, Risky Behavior, and More

The experts at KidsPeace, a nonprofit organization serving children and families in crisis, have created this lively, interactive book to help teens handle difficult issues. Personal stories, fast facts, and self-tests help teens learn how to recognize when a friend or family member is in trouble and find help.

23x18cm  188 pages  $25.00  

Optimistic Child

A Proven Program to Safeguard Children Against Depression and Build Lifelong Resilience

Martin E P Seligman

Offers parents, teachers, and coaches a well-validated program to prevent depression in children. In a thirty-year study, Seligman and his colleagues discovered the link between pessimism - dwelling on the most catastrophic cause of any setback - and depression. Seligman shows adults how to teach children the skills of optimism that can help them combat depression, achieve more on the playing field and at school, and improve their physical health. As Seligman states in his new afterword for this edition, "Teaching children optimism is more, I realized, than just correcting pessimism . . . It is the creation of a positive strength, a sunny but solid future-mindedness that can be deployed throughout life - not only to fight depression and to come back from failure, but also to be the foundation of success and vitality."

21x14cm  342 pages  $28.95  

Parents' Practical Guide to Resilience for Preteens and Teenagers on the Autism Spectrum

Yenn Purkis, Emma Goodall

Building resilience and independence in young people with autism can be hugely beneficial in helping them live an independent and rewarding life. This book is a practical resource based around major life events; each milestone includes exercises that you can work through to more effectively build resilience and independence in preteens and teens

22x16cm  200 pages  $33.00  

Personal Well-Being Lessons for Secondary Schools

Positive Psychology in Action for 11 to 14 Year Olds

Ilona Boniwell, Lucy Ryan

This book offers practitioners working with 11 to 14 year olds a highly practical education resource for running personal well-being lessons, backed up by scientific research from the field of positive psychology.
The book is divided into six subject headings, with six lessons offered per subject area. This will allow you to run a programme with between 6 to 36 lessons. The six core concepts are: Positive Self, Positive body, Positive Emotions Positive Mindsets, Positive Direction and Positive Relationships. The lessons are easy to understand, to lead ad to manage and each lesson has a suggested 60 minute outline, a "how to" run the lesson, suggested homework where appropriate and academic references and resources.

30x21cm  216 pages  $65.00  

Positive Life Changes: Workbook 1

Who Am I and Where Am I Going?

Nancy Guerra

The Positive Life Changes Program is designed to help you learn more about how to make effective decisions. It is about empowering YOU to know your strengths, identify challenges, overcome obstacles, and make life choices that have positive outcomes for you and others. Five important ideas are emphasized throughout - Be aware, - Build on your strengths, - Make a difference - Connect with others, - Think, think, think.
This is a workbook full of activities that fall int three parts - Who am I? (4 lessons) Managing Myself (four lessons) Where am I going? (two lessons)

94 pages  $32.95  

Raising an Optimistic Child

A Proven Plan for Depression-Proofing Young Children--For Life

Bob Murray, Alicia Fortinberry

Protect your child from depression for life - without medication
The most precious gift you can give your child is the resiliency and unwavering sense of optimism that allow a person to thrive no matter what challenges life sends their way. Yet researchers are finding that increasing numbers of very young children are at risk of depression. Now, in "Raising an Optimistic Child," you'll learn how to bring about lifelong happiness in your child - even as young as infants - and protect him or her from the pain and damage of depression.
Inspired by the authors' two decades of pioneering work as well as recent findings in psychology, neurobiology, and genetics, this book offers a seven-step, relationship-based program for alleviating or preventing childhood - and adult - depression that has proven more effective than controversial drug therapies and standard psychotherapeutic approaches. With the benefit of real-life stories of families who have experienced firsthand the results of their work, the authors provide the tools you need to: Understand most common causes of childhood - and lifelong - depression; Spot the early signs of depression - even in very young children; Prevent your own depression from infecting your child; Enhance your child's learning and coping skills; Foster good body image and avoid eating disorders in your child; Deal with ADD/ADHD and difficult behaviours without drugs.

22x14cm  239 pages  $40.00  

Raising Resilient Children

Fostering Strength, Hope, and Optimism in Your Child

Robert Brooks, Sam Goldstein

The perfect book for parents who want their children to readily handle life's difficulties and see the world with an optimistic outlook. An excellent chapter on the school-parent-child partnership. These highly regarded authors discuss seeing strengths and solutions rather than focusing on deficits and hegatives. Excellent book!

16x23cm  336 pages  $37.95  


A Children's book to encourage resilience, persistence, and to help children bounce back from challenges and adversity

Jayneen Sanders, Sofia Cardoso, illus

Meet Emmi! She is resilient, independent and courageous. She always tries her best, and even when the going gets tough, Emmi never gives in.
This story uses verse and beautiful illustrations to model resilience, persistence, and the ability to face challenges with tenacity. Children who are resilient are brave, curious, confident and problem solvers. Nurturing these traits in children will go a long way in helping them face the many challenges they will encounter throughout their lives. Discussion questions and activities are included.

27x21cm  40 pages  $30.00  

Resilience - Personal Skills for Effective Learning Vol 1

Annie Greeff

This practical workbooks detail a holistic approach to developing your students' resilience through activities, theory, and reflective exercises. Reproducible worksheets and facilitator�s notes make these books extremely teacher-friendly. Key learning points are included to remind the teacher of the main focus and to assist the teacher in understanding what the specific exercises aim to achieve. They can also be used to introduce or clarify the topic to the students.

RESILIENCE - Social Skills for Effective Learning Volume 2 is also still available as a print on demand title. Please contact us to arrange its purchase. $50.00

22x30cm  193 pages  $49.95  

Resilience Factor

7 Keys to Finding Your Inner Strength and Overcoming Life's Hurdles

Karen Reivich & Andrew Shatte

Readers will first complete the Resilience Questionnaire to determine their own innate levels of resilience. Then, the system at the heart of "The Resilience Factor will teach them to: - Cast off harsh self-criticisms and negative self-images - Navigate through the fallout of any kind of crisis - Cope with grief and anxiety - Overcome obstacles in relationships, parenting, or on the job - Achieve greater physical health - Bolster optimism, take chances, and embrace life In light of the unprecedented challenges we've recently faced, there's never been a greater need to boost our resilience.

21x14cm  352 pages  $29.00  

Resiliency Toolkit

A Busy Parent's Guide to Raising Happy, Confident, Successful Children

Calvert Cazier, Anne Evans-Cazier

This book of stories and practical advice is meant to entertain and teach you effective strategies to help your child succeed. With no academic jargon, no complicated plans to squeeze into your hectic life, this book helps you instill change and make a positive difference in your child's life in only 10 minutes a day. Whether it's helping you set successful goals or communicate more effectively, it illustrates how, with a little resiliency, your child can connect better with the world and enjoy a lifetime of success.
In just 10 minutes a day, you could help your child to become stronger and more confident, experience more hope, fun, and happiness, be more respectful and cooperative, make small changes that foster big changes, and master life skills that can last a lifetime
The motivational stories create a fun, easygoing reading experience while teaching you better techniques for raising stronger, happier children.

22x15cm  298 pages  $38.00  

Swiss Cheese Theory of Life!

How to get through lifes holes without getting stuck in them

Judith A Belmont, Lora Shor

The Swiss Cheese Theory of Life is a book about Resiliency. Using Swiss Cheese as a metaphor for life itself, we explore ways to get through the holes rather than get stuck in them. Swiss is not like any other cheese and neither are you! This book will give you an opportunity to learn quick, easy and effective skills that will last a lifetime. Take a bite into The Swiss Cheese Theory of Life and experience a new and better way of living right now.

23x15cm  247 pages  $30.00  

Tilly's Big Problem

Rose Stanley

When Tilly's problem gets too much for her she confides in her friend Ned. Although Ned can't come up with a solution, he works out an intriguing way to help her find someone to talk to. A very serious subject treated in a delightful story with clever illustrations.
A very useful book for introducing the concept of "People I could talk to" in the Protective Behaviours area.

19x20cm  32 pages  $15.00  

Trauma-Proofing Your Kids

A Parents' Guide for Instilling Confidence, Joy and Resilience

Peter Levine

The number of anxious, depressed, hyperactive, and withdrawn children is staggering--and still growing. "Trauma-Proofing Your Kids" sends a lifeline to parents who wonder how they can help their worried and troubled children. This work offers simple but powerful tools to keep children safe.

22x15cm  235 pages  $32.00  

What to Do When You Grumble Too Much

Too Much: A Kid's Guide to Overcoming Negativity
What-to-Do Guides for Kids series

Dawn Huebner

Did you know that life is like an obstacle course? It's exciting and fun, but full of tricky spots to get through. If you're a kid who feels so frustrated by those tricky spots that it's hard to enjoy the good things in life, this book is for you.
What to Do When You Grumble Too Much guides children and their parents through the cognitive-behavioral techniques used to treat negative thinking. Lively metaphors and illustrations help kids see life's hurdles in a new way, while drawing and writing activities help them master skills to get over those hurdles. And step-by-step instructions point the way toward becoming happier, more positive kids. This interactive self-help book is the complete resource for educating, motivating, and empowering children to work toward change.
Includes a Note to Parents and Caregivers

27x21cm  80 pages  $35.00  

What to Do When You Worry Too Much

A Kid's Guide to Overcoming Anxiety
What to Do Guides for Kids

Dawn Huebner, illus Bonnie Matthews

This hands-on workbook features information and exercises for kids aged 6-12 who are coping with excessive stress, anxiety, fears, and worry. It explores cognitive-behavioral techniques most often used in the treatment of generalized anxiety. Metaphors and humorous illustrations make difficult concepts easy to understand, while prompts to draw and write help children to master new skills related to reducing anxiety.
Engaging, encouraging, and easy to follow, this book educates, motivates, and empowers children to work towards change. Includes notes to parents by the psychologist author.

28x21cm  80 pages  $35.00  

When Parents Ask for Help

Everyday Issues Through an Asset-Building Lens
Handouts for People Raising Adolescents

Howard Renie

With reproducible articles that speak directly to parents and caregivers about the dilemmas ADOLESCENTS face, this collection reframes issues from an asset-based point of view to give parents plenty of encouragement, hope, and practical ideas.
Everyday issues include curfews, homework, chores, dating, grades, body image, conflicts, risky activities, jobs and fights.
As a professional working with the parents of teenagers here is the opportunity to help them do more than just solve problems, you can help them build "developmental assets" - the qualities, values, and skills all children need to succeed.

27x21cm  144 pages  $53.95  

Working with Young Men

Activities for Exploring Personal, Social and Emotional Issues (2ND ed.)

Vanessa Rogers

Packed with fun sessions and practical group activities this book offers a wealth of positive activities to engage, motivate and meet the needs of young men.

27x21cm  173 pages  $40.00  

Working with Young Women

Activities for Exploring Personal, Social and Emotional Issues (2ND ed.)

Vanessa Rogers

Packed with fun sessions and practical group activities, this book presents a multitude of opportunities for young women to build self-esteem, confidence and assertiveness.

28x21cm  175 pages  $40.00