Master resiliency training, something that should be copied?

Army developing master resiliency training

Aug 5, 2009

By Jessica Reed and Stefanie Love

Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey Jr. addresses students of the master resiliency training pilot program at the University of Pennsylvania.

WASHINGTON (Army News Service, Aug. 5, 2009) -- The Army has been working with the University of Pennsylvania to develop master resiliency training that will soon be taught to Soldiers, family members and Army civilians.

The resiliency training is part of Comprehensive Soldier Fitness, which focuses on the five dimensions of strength: emotional, social, spiritual, family and physical.

"As people develop their holistic fitness strength, they develop psychological resilience to not only bounce back, but to thrive under challenging conditions," said Brig. Gen. Rhonda Cornum, CSF director.

"We've been working for about the last year on Comprehensive Soldier Fitness," said Gen. George W. Casey Jr., chief of staff of the Army. "It's designed to bring mental fitness up to the same level that we give to physical fitness. In this era of persistent conflict, we've found that the vast majority of Soldiers deploying have a positive growth experience because they're exposed to something very difficult and they succeed. Our goal through Comprehensive Soldier Fitness is to ensure all Soldiers have the skills to grow and succeed."

Master resiliency training is being adapted from the Positive Psychology Program at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. UPENN instructs teachers (middle and high school) on how to impart resiliency skills to their students during the school year. More than a dozen scientific studies have shown positive results in students whose teachers have been trained in this program - including better grades, less dropouts and less behavioral issues.

Looks like an interesting idea. I hope it works and if it does will it be picked up on on this side of the pond?

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