Resilience: the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties.
The Resilience Initiative, Harnett County was established to help enrich family connections and improve the lives of children throughout our county through resilience. Our belief is that “family” is made up of a group of individuals, such as friends, biological and/or adoptive family, colleagues, church members, and neighbors. We also believe that strong family connections are vital to the well being of both individuals and of a community as a whole.
The mission of the Resilience Initiative, Harnett County is to build stronger communities through resilience. We provide community leaders and community members with resources and discussion and action opportunities to help create an awareness of how childhood traumas impact the lives of individuals and to help those individuals overcome difficulties.
VISION:  Harnett County organizations and agencies collaborate to support our community and empower individuals to be strong, healthy, and resilient.

MISSION:  Building a resilient Harnett County community through awareness, education, action, community connections, and relationships.


Awareness – Viewing our community through a different lens.

Collaboration – We are better and stronger together.

Education – ACE’s (adverse childhood experiences), brain science, resilience, prevention, and trauma focused.

For additional information about the Resilience Initiative, Harnett County, email or 
call 910-893-2344.

Techniques, Tips & Information


-Carmen Martell and Lynda Turlington

This training can be all day or broken down into smaller sessions. In person or virtual platform.

The Five Protective Factors are the foundation of the Strengthening Families approach. Extensive evidence supports the commonsense notion that when these Protective Factors are present and robust in a family, the likelihood of abuse and neglect diminish. Research also shows that these are the factors that create healthy environments for the optimal development of all children.

  1. Parent Resilience
  2. Knowledge of Parenting and Child Development
  3. Social and Emotional Competence of Children
  4. Social Connections
  5. Concrete Support in Times of Need

Mental Health First Aid is a course that teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. The training gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial help and support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem or experiencing a crisis.

-Lynda Turlington 

What role does connections and positive relationships have on helping people with stress

-Lynda Turlington

This is a 3 part training that can be completed together in 3 hours or each part can be presented separately for 1 hours each. The platform is virtual or can be done in- person

Simple strategies for a Resilient you.

  • Part 1 – “What is Resilience?”
  • Part 2 – “Understanding Risk and Protective Factors”
  • Part 3 – “Introduction to the Devereux Adult Resilience Survey”

-Lynda Turlington & Carmen Martell

Half day of training. In person or virtual platform.

  • Interactive, discussion-based curriculum
  • Better understanding of trauma, brain development, resilience, and health – and how these topics relate to one another
  • Concrete knowledge about Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)
  • Action planning and next steps for how you can make a difference
  • Resources on trauma-informed care and implementation
  • Strategies for increasing and improving your own connections
  • Meeting other community members and building your network
  • Tools for strengthening both personal and community resilience

-Lynda Turlington & Melanie Jacobson

This training can be done in small or large groups.

The Brain Architecture Game is a tabletop game experience that builds understanding of the powerful role of experiences on early brain development– what promotes it, what derails it, with what consequences for society.

-Lynda Turlington 

The differences in stress and its effect on the developing brain


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