Session 6


conditions that lead to wellness, resilience and growth

Developing insight

So what needs to be restored, and how exactly do you go about restoring it? 

The first step in restoring the conditions that lead to wellness, resilience and growth is to gain insight into adaptation, and to understand the role relationships play in it. 

Adaptation is an emotional process, and for this process to unfold in the face of a youth’s lacks and losses, they must be able to feel sadness and grief. Through recovering feelings—specifically through tears—the nervous system is brought to a place of deep rest, which leads to recovery and restoration, and allows a person to function at their best. 

Ashley's Story

As you go thru the course, hear the firsthand perspective of Ashley, a former youth in care. 

When a youth can cry about all the things that have not worked in their life, they experience healing. Tears are medicine! When a youth seems full of frustration, it is important to remember that underneath that frustration there is often deep sadness and grief that the youth must express in order for them to heal. 

Youth can only be vulnerable enough to feel and express emotions if the adults caring for them provide a safe relationship that invites feelings, tears and sadness. If a youth detects even a hint of disapproval or lack of understanding from an important adult in their life, their brain will suppress the very process they need to restore their sense of balance and well-being.

Here are some things you can do that will go a long way in this restoration:

'It's your path but you don't have to walk it alone.'

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