Barbara Woods, Ph.D.


Launched in 2017 as a community and resource for parents, teachers, social workers & therapists interested in building resilient children and families, particularly for children of trauma.

Adversity and difficult life experiences can be hard for children, family, and the professionals who care for them.  However, when a resilience based approach is taken, the journey becomes one of courage and strength.

If you are looking to build resilience in children & families, then you are in the right place!


Trauma & Attachment

Trauma can impact any individual or family and leave lasting changes that may be difficult to deal with as a parent.  When bad things happen to our children, sometimes parents feel at a loss with how to support their child.  They may also feel the impact of trauma too.  Many foster and adoptive parents are impacted by the traumatic attachments that have happened before they even met the child.  Having a clear path and knowing how to support the child (and ourselves) during the chaotic times is crucial for building a positive parent-child relationships.  

Resilience & Post-Traumatic Growth

Resilience refers to the characteristics an individual or family have prior to traumatic experiences.  These characteristics are typically related to social skills, academic performance, and personal strengths.  Strengthening the relationships in families and building strong bonds & coping skills create an unshakable foundation for a family.  Post-Traumatic Growth refers to the ability of a person or family to endure hardship or trauma but become transformed for the better because of the experience.  Transformation is possible in any situation no matter how challenging with the right knowledge & skills.   

Mindful Living & Leadership

Skills related to mindful living & leadership can be transformational for both families and professionals.  There are so many distractions and stressors in our lives today that it can be difficult to have clarity when it comes to our families and careers.  The use of mindfulness based strategies and skills are scientifically supported to be effective coping skills for children, parents, and even professionals.  The use of these skills decreases overwhelm, improves problem solving, and decreases emotional reactivity. 

Latest From My Live Show

Three Pillars of Family Resilience

Families that have been through difficult times will be the first to tell you that a crisis is when they find out what they are made of.  Stressful events within or outside the family unit can put huge demands on everyone’s ability to cope. It is these events that can...

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Introduction to Family Resilience

Family Resilience:  Growing stronger through the tough times! The world today is a stressful place, especially for parents.  We live in a chronically stressful world with daily challenges and demanding schedules. Our lives and brains are constantly working overtime....

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Impact of Trauma on Children

Impact of Trauma on Children In today’s world, exposure to trauma has almost become the norm for a lot of children.  If bad things haven’t happened directly to a child, exposure through media and social media are common place.  In this video, you will understand the...

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Trauma’s Impact on the Brain

TRAUMA'S IMPACT ON THE BRAIN Trauma impacts every system in the body but especially the brain and brain development in children. Understanding the neurobiology behind trauma helps parents, teachers, and therapists to understand some of the behavior a child of trauma...

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