Course Overview: 
This course is an introductory overview of the concept of resiliency and how child welfare practitioners can help foster youth build and strengthen resiliency to be better able to manage adversity and trauma.
2 hours
90 days

Target Audience:
This course is designed for any child professional practitioner, including social workers, psychologists, counselors, and anyone who works for organizations that provide services to foster youth.

How to Take This Course:
To register for this course, click the button below to go to AOI’s course website. Select this course and walk through the steps to register for the course.

Course Objectives:
By the end of this course, learners will:

  • Understand what resiliency is;
  • Recognize that resiliency is not a static trait, but rather a dynamic characteristic that can be developed and strengthened;
  • Identify several protective factors that help to promote and reinforce resiliency in youth; and
  • Recall strategies that can help build resiliency in foster youth.

Course Outline:

  1. Welcome
  2. Course objectives
  3. Podcast: Interview with Naketa Ross from ResilientMe, Inc.
  4. Key takeaways from podcast
  5. Report #1: Promoting Development of Resilience among Young People in Foster Care (Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative, 2012)
  6. Key takeaways from report #1
  7. Report #2: Promoting Protective Factors for Children and Youth in Foster Care: A Guide for Practitioners (Child Welfare Information Gateway, 2015)
  8. Key takeaways from report #2
  9. Applying what you’ve learned
  10. Quiz
  11. Course evaluation


Lynn Tonini
Instructional Developer & President/Executive Director
Aging Out Institute

Lynn Tonini has been in the training and development field for 25 years. A former foster youth herself, Lynn started her career at Milton Hershey School, onboarding and training Houseparents and Relief Houseparents who cared for at-risk youth in a residential school setting. For the last five years, Lynn Tonini has been working as a consultant, partnering with corporations to build large-scale in-person and online training initiatives for employees in a variety of industries. Ten years ago, Lynn started Aging Out Institute as a side project, originally just a website to gather links to resources that help young people age out of foster care. Since then, AOI has grown to include a variety of services to help individuals and organizations support youth aging out of foster care.

Naketa Ross
Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist & Founder/Director

Naketa Ross is the epitome of resilience. While statistics state that only 6% of youth in foster care attend college, Naketa beat the odds and graduated from college. While working as a social worker, she realized the gap in services provided for youth leaving foster care ages 15-21. She founded a researched-based, trauma-informed organization (ResilientMe) to assist young adults in preparing to age out of foster care. Naketa is a regular op-ed writer for the Arizona Republic/ AZ Central. Naketa is an elected official, serving on the Phoenix Union High School Governing Board. She is an ASU KER fellow. The focus of her project is on improving legislation to better prepare youth for a successful journey into adult life.