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Building Resiliency in Youth Series

Kat McGrady, Ed.D., LCPC, NCC with her book Building Resiliency in Youth is our latest award winner.

Our youth are growing up in unprecedented times. They have seen global tensions, a worldwide pandemic and upheaval to the safeties embedded in their daily lives, national friction and violence, social media and the impact of advanced technology, and ongoing conflict interweaving between these macro matters. While trying to make sense of the world around them, our children and adolescents also often times face deeper and more individualized issues surrounding family, peer relations, community, and internal belief systems. The number of children and adolescents who have experienced mild to severe forms of trauma has risen exponentially. Parents, caretakers, educators, and professionals working to support youths must therefore be well-versed in trauma and resiliency. The Building Resiliency in Youth series is an all-in-one tool.

While the guide is intended to serve adults who support youth, the teen workbook is intended to serve readers ages 13-19 and the children’s activity guide & read aloud is intended to serve ages 5-12.

The Building Resilience in Youth series is a toolkit meant to serve youth, as well as those who support youth in a variety of settings. This toolkit includes:

• information on trauma and its impact on children and adolescents

• signs of trauma in children and adolescents

• evidence-based practices, theories, and data on trauma and resiliency

• strategies and techniques that touch on all wellness points and that can be individualized to match

specific needs

• a guide for successful trauma-informed professional growth and development

• tips on how to avoid compassion fatigue

• 27 self-guided activities for teens built around processing emotions, coping and grounding, and


• children’s read aloud/bibliotherapy tool with coloring pages and discussion prompts

• 27 children’s activities built around three themes: processing, coping, and confidence-boosting

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