Reaching IN...Reaching OUT (RIRO) Resiliency Skills Training Program
"This is training that every
person, whether working with children or parents, needs in their
lives. The adult skills are so important. Maybe the conflicts
in the world will reduce if future generations get these skills
taught very early in their lives." –HS (professional
RIRO Resiliency Skills Training Program provides service providers working in early learning, child care, community/mental health and other settings with the knowledge and skills they need to model and teach resilience approaches to young children, from birth to eight years of age. The 12-hour evidence-based program has several flexible delivery models designed to meet the individual needs of groups and organizations. (Click here for information about program effectiveness.)
As the diagram below shows, RIRO skills supports children's resilience
by training adults how to role model thinking and
coping strategies while simultaneously enhancing adult-child
How the resiliency skills training works
Designed to reach young children under the age of eight
years, RIRO skills training works by laying a strong
foundation of thinking and coping skills that support resilience
in the adults who care for and work with them. RIRO teaches "3Rs
of Resilience"– skills to help Relax, Reflect
and Respond effectively to life's challenges.
The resiliency skills help adults and children develop several
critical abilities associated with resilience:
- being in charge of our emotions
- controlling our impulses
- analyzing the cause of problems
- empathizing with others
- believing in our competence
- maintaining realistic optimism
- reaching out to others and opportunities.
RIRO Resiliency Skills Training gives service providers skills and theory to support
a relationship-based reflective practice and provides a
framework for creating a "culture of resilience"
in programs serving young children.
How the training is delivered
RIRO Skills Training Program is delivered by authorized RIRO Trainers through non-profit organizations in communities in Canada and elsewhere.
Consisting of 12
hours of content divided into two parts, the program can
be successfully and flexibly delivered to meet organizational
scheduling needs and preferences. (Click
here for program summary.)
Part 1 helps adults build their own foundation of
the critical resiliency abilities described above. Participants learn resiliency skills they can model with children and
families. Specifically, they learn to:
- identify and strengthen critical abilities associated with
- use strategies to stay calm and focused in stressful times
- identify how their thoughts can affect their ability to
cope with stress and challenges
- challenge thinking habits that hinder resilience
- generate alternative ways to handle conflict, problems
Part 2 helps participants learn to apply
the skills with children. They learn to:
- model the skills and foster resilience in the children
- use their own resiliency skills to increase their understanding
of children's behaviour
- incorporate resiliency skills into their work setting by
using child-friendly approaches such as children's literature,
puppets, and play-based activities.
Based on RIRO's formal testing of
training delivery models, the 12 hours of program content can
be successfully delivered in 2 full days, 4 half-days, 6 after-work
sessions, and 10-12 brief sessions (suitable for lunch breaks,
children's sleep periods, etc.).
Beginning in August 2017, RIRO Resiliency Skills Training
will be available in French. For more information or
to become a trainer for this program, click
How to access the 12-hour RIRO skills training
To attend RIRO Skills Training (hosted by RIRO in Toronto) that is open to any service provider working with young children and families, click here for more information and registration.
To arrange an onsite RIRO resiliency skills training for your organization, please
contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
How to access a RIRO Trainer "Intensive"
For more information about becoming a RIRO Trainer,
To host a RIRO Trainer "Intensive" in your organization or community, contact us at email@example.com