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Paula Barrett Friends Resilience
Christmas Blog Entry
Seasons greetings from Dr. Paula Barrett and the team at FRIENDS Resilience. We have
had a wonderful year at FRIENDS Resilience including some exciting changes. Our Fun
FRIENDS, FRIENDS for Life and My FRIENDS Youth programs have continued to help
many children and we have received a lot of positive feedback from families about how
the programs have benefited them. In addition, our Strong not Tough: Adult Resilience
program has empowered parents to increase their own resilience and help their children
implement the FRIENDS skills more effectively at home.
Friends Resilience has also continued to train new facilitators for the FRIENDS programs
across Australia, the UK, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand and more. Training is now taking
place in an interactive online format. This format allows participants to do the training
from the comfort of their own homes or workplaces, while still getting the benefits of
interacting with the facilitator and other participants across their country. Having taken
part in the training myself to see how it all works, I found that this format provided the
unique opportunity of learning from other participants from vastly different settings and
different areas in the world, allowing us to share our knowledge and experience with one
another. Our wonderful veteran trainer Carolyn Harrod made sure the training was very
interactive while also providing us with the benefit of her many years of experience and
knowledge of the programs. We are very excited about the online training and its role in
increasing the access to the FRIENDS programs worldwide. If you would like to enrol in
The biggest change for Friends Resilience for the new year is that the FRIENDS facilitator
manuals and activity books will now be made available in an electronic format as Ebooks.
Dr Paula Barrett is passionate about taking care of our environment and excited about
how this change will help us to significantly decrease our footprint on the environment.
The use of Ebooks also allows us to keep more up to date with today’s tech savvy world
where the majority of children prefer working on tablets or smart phones.
Thank you all for your part in making this a fantastic year with FRIENDS. We hope you
all have a wonderful festive season and look forward to working together again in the new
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