Mind Matters: Overcoming Adversity and Building Resilience

Mind Matters Journal

Practices for healing trauma

By: Carolyn Curtis, Ph.D. & Charles Stolzenbach, L.M.F.T.

Ages: 12 and up

Length: 12 Lessons (may be taught in shorter segments)

People who have experienced trauma and toxic stress often have difficulty regulating their emotional responses when facing challenges in school, life, and relationships. As participants learn the skills and strategies in Mind Matters, they can begin to say, “I am not a victim of what happened to me.”

Mind Matters’ 12 one-hour lessons teach students ages 12 and up to respond to negative experiences with innovative methods based on current research and neuroscience.  These skills give individuals a way to take charge of their emotions and improve their states of mind. Students learn to address their physical, relational, and mental health needs.

The effects of childhood trauma and toxic stress are not easy to overcome. Formal training is often required for people to learn to notice and interrupt destructive thought patterns and harmful behaviors.  Mind Matters teaches young people skills and practices that cultivate healing and clear away distractions to learning and healthy relationships.

Mind Matters’ practical, hands-on lessons explore the effects of adversity and toxic stress along with the healing process. Each lesson includes activities that build resilience and increase hope.

The lessons address the following topics:

  • Self-Soothing and Regulating Emotions: Cultivate a mindfulness practice
  • Managing Stress Effectively: Learn to deal with intrusive thoughts
  • Developing Empathy: Improve interpersonal communications
  • Creating a Code of Honor: Develop a life of intention
  • Building and Using a Support System: Learn how to ask for help

The skills taught in Mind Matters are designed to be practiced over a lifetime. The curriculum is not meant to be group therapy or to replace psychotherapy. Rather, it is intended to be facilitated by paraprofessionals to inspire, uplift, and set young people on the journey of healing as they cultivate deeper resilience.

Mind Matters is can be used to prevent violence, address chronic absenteeism, and build a culture of wellness.

Program Materials (click for details and prices)
Mind Matters Journal Mind Matters – Instructor’s Kit Mind Matters Journal Mind Matters – Participant Journals