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Promoting Resilience in Children, Adolescents and Adults.

Ms Lyn Worsley

Research into personal resilience has traditionally focused on internal factors that make a person able to cope and bounce back in the face of adversity. Research has also focused on risk factors that hold a person back from developing resilience - providing identifiers for young people who are at risk.

Lyn Worsley will present a different model based on the protective factors that build resilience in the developing young person. This new model, called the Resilience doughnut, is a practical, solution and strength focused approach based on recent Australian research into what strong and resilient young people have in common.  It is a simple model that busy GP’s can use to focus on the qualities most likely to strengthen young people, or Adults, facing a crisis or stressful situations.

Recorded for Australian Society of Psychological Medicine.
Sydney, Australia; February 2008

Lyn Worsley
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Ms Lyn Worsley

Lyn Worsley is a Clinical Psychologist with a background in nursing, youth work, early childhood and tertiary education teaching. Lyn has experience working in prisons, hospitals and schools, and with young people on the streets. Her passion for working with young people and their families is evident both in her educational choices and her work experience. In her book “The Resilience Doughnut: The Secret of Strong Kids,” Lyn’s insight into the development of resilience has a refreshing, multidisciplinary approach which has long been missing in past resilience research. 
Lyn brings the following perspectives to her understanding of resilience:
  • Registered Nurse, caring for children and families in the midst of crisis
  • Youth worker, finding strengths in young people who are often seen as deviant
  • Teacher, tapping into the developmental needs and learning curves of children in many different settings
  • Clinical Psychologist, working therapeutically with individuals and their families, in order to facilitate change
These diverse perspectives have enabled Lyn to create a model of resilience which captures the process of interactions that occur around a person, and also presents the person as a dynamic player with these interactions. Lyn has presented the Resilience Doughnut at many parent forums, staff development days and conferences for professionals who work with children and young people. Lyn has also used the principles in the Resilience Doughnut to train leaders, organisations and community groups with skills for coping with stress and adversity, developing personal and professional resilience, and dealing with organisational change and other challenging agendas in the workplace.
 You can visit Lyn's web page at

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