Into the Vortex: A Tale of Resiliency is intended to impart a resiliency mindset to students in grades 6-9 via an adventure novel based on a 12-year-old’s underwater entrapment in a cavern. This is the age when suicidal ideation begins to creep into the minds of our youth.
Kayden Barret is not your typical 12-year-old. His life is rocked by tragedy and the challenges are only beginning! Kayden endures the greatest heartbreak any twelve-year-old can face, yet somehow manages to survive. The call of the wild is part of Kayden’s healing, and his paddling trip down the Opa River changes his life forever. His close group of friends is tested by one calamity after another.
The sudden disappearance of Kayden shocks everyone on the trip. Missing for hours, the team sets upon a desperate rescue plan that might just save Kayden’s life. Kayden’s ability to adapt and survive is put to his greatest test yet. He and his friends call upon every resource at their disposal to survive the horrific events that unfold on the Opa River.
Thomsen, K. (2002). Building resilient students: Integrating resilience into what you already know and do. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press, Inc.
Doll, B., Zucker, S., & Brehm, K. (2004). Resilient classrooms: Creating healthy environments for learning. New York, NY: The Guilford Press.
Resiliency in Action provides resources on books and pamphlets, a resiliency blog, training, articles, and free newsletters. A resiliency quiz is also available. Nan Henderson, M.S.W. president of Resiliency in Action and author of Resiliency in Action.
The American Psychological Association provides a roadmap for adapting to life-changing situations and emerging even stronger than before.
Mental Health First Aid is a skills-based training course that teaches participants about mental health and substance-use issues.
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network provides a 6-hour online interactive course that puts the participant in the role of a provider in a post-disaster scene