Developing Resilience in Children and Young People: A Practical Guide is the first book to describe the work of professionals using the world’s first mentalisation-based mental health education program – Lundgaard’s Resilience Programme. Bringing together accounts from those working with children, young people and parents across many disciplines, this book outlines how they tackle the core issues of self-control, self-esteem and self-confidence with their clients using the tools and knowledge derived from the programme.

Resilience means being able to handle the challenges of life, especially when life is hard, and The Resilience Programme is unique in its simplicity, efficiency and flexibility. The work presented in the book is based on the fact that mentalising – careful and reflective thinking – often is very helpful when coping with difficult challenges. The chapters in this book provides practical guidance on how to start working with the programme, how to develop resilience in young people, and even how to create resilient communities in a school for children with special needs.

Developing Resilience in Children and Young People is written for those professionals who interact with children and young people on a daily basis, and will become an important book for mental health professionals.

chapter |4 pages


ByPoul Lundgaard

chapter 1|26 pages

What is resilience?

The background of The Resilience Programme
ByPoul Lundgaard, Susanna de Lima

chapter 2|16 pages

Experiences and results of The Resilience Programme for primary school teachers in Italy

ByAnnalisa Valle, Davide Massaro, Ilaria Castelli, Francesca Sangiuliano Intra, Elisabetta Lombardi, Edoardo Alfredo Bracaglia, Antonella Marchetti

chapter 3|5 pages

Stories and valuable questions

Experiences from health care
ByHeidi Moeller Vestergaard, Lene Elmose Broecker

chapter 4|29 pages

Resilience at school

ByPeter Skaarup, Dan Henriksen, Lene Steensberg

chapter 5|23 pages

Being like the others

Resilience for children and adolescents in club activities 1
ByNina Lykke Nielsen, Tine Kaarup, Jeanette Corneliussen, Tina Brammer Kristensen, Mette Bentzon, Helle Fogtman Welejus, Lotte Dalager

chapter 6|20 pages

Resilience for teenagers in therapy

BySusanna de Lima, Gritt Graugaard Bonde, Lotte Dalager

chapter 7|21 pages

Appropriate challenges in a special needs school

ByJoan Dammeyer

chapter 8|11 pages

‘Will you help me?’

Experiences from a children’s home
ByLouise Lundgaard, Mette Haahr

chapter 9|11 pages

A municipal perspective on resilience

ByJohanne Cecilie Andersen, Morten Lysdahlgaard