Patients often lament, “I wish I would’ve learned these resilience skills earlier.” Indeed, what if we ALL learned them earlier?
If we’re ever going to bend the healthcare cost curve, we ALL need to learn how to prevent unhealthy habits (e.g., diet, exercise, smoking) or stop them once they start. That requires having the skills and support to manage thoughts, feelings and behavior – right when we’re stressed! Truth is, we’re not taught these skills anywhere and community support is, at best, patchy.
That’s changing, at least in the military. Recently, the Army began its Comprehensive Soldier Fitness (CSF) program. They use a train-the-trainer format to teach & spread resilience skills to ALL the troops. Now thousands of young adults, within their cohesive units, are learning to help each other get Totally Fit.
I’ve taught these skills for decades, using simulations with medical & clinical psychology grad students (at USUHS) and service learning with nursing undergrads (at Georgetown University). As a school psychologist (in Fairfax County Schools), I’ve worked in Pre-K to secondary schools. As a learner myself, by far, the best skills course I’ve taken was Dr. Seligman’s distance learning course – along with …