Session 6 Summary


conditions that lead to wellness, resilience and growth

Restoring Conditions That Lead to Wellness, Resilience and Growth

Session 6 focused on restoring the relational conditions youth need in order to adapt to their circumstances without becoming stuck. The conditions for wellness, resilience and growth can be compromised by many means, including a youth experiencing too much separation, wounding interactions with people who are important to them, losses such as through the death of a loved one, or the unavailability of a parent. When a youth is provided with safe, relational conditions, healing and growth happen deep within the nervous system as a result of primal emotions being expressed. The impacts of colonization and intergenerational trauma will significantly affect an Indigenous youth’s capacity to adapt. 

Ways to restore the conditions for wellness, resilience and growth include:

Session 6 ended with Indigenous perspectives on development, suffering and life as a journey toward becoming whole through overcoming obstacles, with hardship as an inevitable part of that journey. Indigenous Peoples have long-established ceremonies, rituals and rites of passage to help youth navigate this stage of their development and emerge with strength and courage.

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

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