Resiliency In Action, Inc. is a pioneering publishing and training company founded in 1996 by Nan Henderson, Bonnie Benard, and Nancy Sharp-Light. The mission of the company— developed before the word “resiliency” was commonly used—is to share the growing body of social science research that documents how people of all ages bounce back from life challenges of all kinds. In addition, these founders wanted to make the strategies recommended by this research accessible to everyone. They stated their goal in the first book published by Resiliency In Action:
“Our goal is a simple one: Share the results of numerous scientific studies that have emerged in the past…decades showing specifically how people of all ages, families, and even organizations and communities overcome risk, trauma, and adversity to go on to life success, and to do this in a practical, reader-friendly format.” – from the Preface to Resiliency In Action: Practical Ideas for Overcoming Risks and Building Strengths in Youth, Families, and Communities
Nan Henderson, M.S.W., …is President of Resiliency In Action. Her publications on resiliency and wellness, positive youth development, and school and organizational change are used in more than 25 countries and have been translated into Spanish, French, and Russian. She has provided hundreds of presentations and trainings in 45 U.S. states and several foreign countries over the past two decades for a wide variety of audiences and organizations. These groups include Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Upward Bound, Americorps, State Departments of Education in CA, VT, CO, PA, ME, TX, and NH, the Ministry of Education in New Zealand, several Canadian school districts and organizations, and the U.S. Military.
The Pennsylvania Dept. of Education is advocating the adoption of Ms. Henderson’s model in every school in that state, and she has been involved in major resiliency initiatives in New York City Schools and Los Angeles Public Schools.
She has served on the faculty of five colleges/universities; worked as a clinical therapist with youth, adults, and families; and directed citywide and statewide prevention and resiliency programs. She is the author/editor of five books on resiliency, numerous articles, and an on-line newsletter distributed worldwide. She has also been featured as a “resiliency expert” on N.P.R’.s Talk of the Nation.
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