LBI Foundation have developed, refined and tested the whole-of-school implementation of the IMPACT Program for educational settings. This is captured through the Resilient IMPACT Community Development Stream.
Across an educational community, Resilient IMPACT grows the capacity of young people, who need an extra helping hand, to:
Achieve their best, be resilient and make an impact in their life.
Resilient IMPACT does this by
1. Embracing Diversity, Complexity and Inclusion
Young people within educational settings are presenting with increasing levels of diversity and complexity of needs and behaviour. Resilient IMPACT embraces both student diversity and complexity through:
- A commitment to inclusion.
- Personalising the growth process through intentional support and coaching, as matched to student need and context.
Resilient IMPACT brings focus to diversity across entire educational communities, and especially targets young people, who through their life circumstances (e.g., trauma, disability, mental health, disadvantage), require specialist support to:
- Overcome challenges and adversity.
- Achieve educational and life goals.
- Form healthy relationships with peers, family and others.
- And engage meaningfully within their identified community.
2. Bringing Ongoing Focus to Two Key Growth Drivers
Resilient IMPACT grows youth capacity through two key drivers:
- Responding to Growth Needs – this is about activating the capacity of the educational community to understand and intentionally “respond” (rather than react) to the complex learning, developmental and growth needs of individual young people through intentional relationships, coaching conversations and growth planning.
- Building Student Capacity – In this community, adults are trained and empowered to intentionally coach young people to acquire foundational resources (awareness, skills and mindsets) for future learning growth outcomes. In action, this brings focus to the intentional delivery of wellbeing and resilience skills (including IMPACT-6 Wellbeing and Resilience Skills), supported through an online resource platform (www.lblearninghub.org) and competency-based learning modules, and intentional coaching and teaching strategies.
3. Side-By-Side Implementation of IMPACT Components
Resilient IMPACT is individually tailored (or personalised) to student needs and context, as matched to the specific educational community (school, learning centers, case management provision). Given that every community is different, LBI Foundation partners side-by-side with the educational site, agency or provider in the implementation of the Resilient IMPACT program. This is supported through a co-design process. The program has been developed to augment (not replace) and dovetail into existing school or educational strategies. The co-design includes the local implementation of the following features:
- IMPACT Respond Rather Than React Workshop – this 2-day workshop provides foundational content knowledge and skills to school community.
- IMPACT Trauma-Informed Clinical Practice Modules and Education IMPACT Specialist Modules – online modules and workshops that support school personnel (and families) respond (rather than react) to student wellbeing, trauma, growth or developmental needs.
- What-What-How Coaching – LBI Foundation accredited psychologists who provide coaching to educators/families (and secondary school students, where indicated) to respond to the complex student needs and behaviour.
- IMPACT Coaches – Trained, accredited and coached local IMPACT Coaches who champion, support and coach local school personnel embed and sustain the work.
- IMPACT-6 Wellbeing and Resilience Skills Modules – IMPACT-6 are six core skills (or competencies) that have been scientifically shown to be predictive of higher wellbeing and resilience.
4. Community Embedded and Empowering
Resilient IMPACT is designed to be embedded within educational communities (e.g., school, region, location, case management). By integrating local wisdom with best practice evidence, the program empowers educational communities to activate the wellbeing, learning and life potential of students. This integration is supported by the scientific methodology of intentional practice.
In action, Resilient IMPACT brings focus to seven implementation components which are co-designed with the educational community.
If you would like further information on the Resilient IMPACT program please contact: David Kelly, Resilient IMPACT Project Lead, at David.Kelly@lbi.org.au