SPARK Resilience for 10 to 12 year olds
SPARK Resilience was created in 2009 by Dr Ilona Boniwell and Lucy Ryan. It teaches children problem-solving and builds resilience through the techniques of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), encouraging children to question and re-frame their reactions to difficult situations.
Children’s patterns of reaction are personified in the programme by parrots - the Loser, the Worrier, the Blamer – that sit on our shoulders and give us (often negative) messages that colour our understanding of situations. Children learn to challenge the parrots and find positive coping strategies for everyday difficulties.
SPARK Resilience is being adapted to fit with Partnership for Children’s programmes for younger children, and will be available from 2020.