June Rousso, Ph.D. with her book Building Resilience and Finding Meaning in Life: A Guide for Teens is our latest award winner. A published author many times over, Dr. June Rousso is a licensed psychologist, life coach, and writer. She is a Clinician Diplomate in Logotherapy and Existential Analysis and maintains a private practice in New York City working with children and adults. Dr. Rousso is on the advisory board to Child Resilient, a student-led nonprofit organization focusing on fostering emotional resilience and mental health wellness in children and adolescence thorough education, outreach, and awareness. The book is based upon the teachings of Viktor Frankl and character strength research from the VIA Institute on Character written in a way for age 12 and up. Her other writings include I Don’t Want to Bully Anymore, The Little book on Character Strengths, and We All Live on This Planet Together.
Building Resilience and Finding Meaning in Life: A Guide for Teens is an interactive book meant to engage readers in learning how to face adversities in life and to find meaning in these experiences. It gives the message that we have a treasure chest of inner resources that can be called upon in the face of adversity. These resources must be discovered and, in some instances, developed to build resilience and find what holds personal meaning. Along with discovering meaning in adversity readers are encouraged to look for meaningful moments in their lives rather than engaging in activities that often lead them to feel empty inside.
The guide also can be read by counselors and educators to help teens cope and live a more meaningful life. The guide was inspired by the teachings of Dr. Viktor Frankl, noted author of Man's Search for Meaning, and by the research findings on character strengths presented by the VIA Institute on Character.