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Safe Environments, Supportive Adults, Connected Youth

We develop programs that help schools and families build nurturing environments and experiences in supportive relationships that develop the social and emotional skills of adults and youth.

Our trauma-responsive programs, trainings, and consultations for educators, youth serving agencies, and mental health professionals are available in our home state of Colorado and across the globe. Each program is designed to help professionals apply the latest in research and evidence-based practices to their communities of care and education. We draw on the power of trans-disciplinary evidence and actively research our programs’ effectiveness to ensure we are positively contributing to the communities we serve directly and the field at large.

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Mission and Vision

The Center for Resilience + Well-Being team is a group of educators, psychologists and social workers who care deeply about young people and the adults who support their development. We are committed to understanding the behaviors and contexts that put young people’s health and development at risk and the protective factors that help young people develop and thrive. We work in collaboration with other researchers and practitioners in the field to design, implement, evaluate and disseminate effective prevention and intervention programs for families, schools and communities.

Prevention Science Program

Founded in 1968, the Prevention Science Program (formerly Problem Behavior and Positive Youth Development) is an interdisciplinary effort seeking to understand the nature, course of development, and later life consequences of behaviors that put young people’s and adults’ health and development at risk as well as those that promote positive life course development. We focus on the translation of science to action. Not only do we do basic research, but we also design and test interventions and work actively with communities to make a difference in the lives of children and their families.

The Center is part of the Prevention Science Program.