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Skills Training

Through our network of authorized trainers, we offer two separate, evidence-based resiliency skills training programs:

  • Reaching IN...Reaching OUT (RIRO)
    RIRO is a two-part, 12-hour skills training program for service providers working with children under 8 years and their families. A relationship-based, cognitive-behavioural approach is used to help service providers role model effective thinking and coping strategies in their daily interactions with children and families. It also prepares them to directly teach children age-appropriate self-regulation and resilience-building skills. More info

    ANNOUNCEMENT!  Starting in August 2017, RIRO Resiliency Skills Training will be available in FRENCH.
    The first Trainer "Intensive" to deliver the program will be held August 21-23, 2017. More info

  • Bounce Back & Thrive! (BBT)
    BBT is a group skills training program for parents with children under 8 years. This 10-session program helps parents gain self-regulation and thinking skills that increase their capacity to provide a caring relationship and role model resilience-building skills in daily interactions with their children.More info

How do I access RIRO skills training?

RIRO Resiliency Skills Training is delivered to service providers by a network of authorized RIRO Trainers working within non-profit organizations that host the training in communities across Canada and elsewhere. (We regret that we are unable to provide a referral service for these training events.)

If your community does not have authorized RIRO Trainers, there are two additional ways to access the training:
  • RIRO offers the skills training periodically in Toronto. Our next RIRO Resiliency Skills Training series is scheduled for: 

                     To be announced (9am-5pm)

      • Part 1: Adult skills
      • Part 2: Child applications
        (Note: Part 1 is a pre-requisite for Part 2)

        Registration form:
  • Organizations and community networks can arrange for an onsite skills training by contacting us.

How do parents access BBT skills training?

BBT is delivered exclusively to parents through authorized BBT Trainers working in non-profit or government-funded organizations in several communities in Canada.

To find out if BBT is offered in your community, contact us.

How do service providers access training to become a RIRO or BBT Trainer?

RIRO and BBT Trainer “Intensives” are offered once a year in Toronto, Canada. Click here to view upcoming training.

We also encourage organizations and community networks to host a RIRO or BBT Trainer “Intensive” for service providers from a range of sectors working with young children and families. This is a more cost-effective way for local organizations to increase sustainability in their resilience-promotion efforts by creating a hub of service providers and trainers who offer the resiliency skills training and resources to their community.

How do service providers decide which training to take?

Service providers often ask which training option would be best for them, their organization and communities. To help you make your choice, here are various options:
  • If you are a service provider and want to build resilience in the children you work with, then enrol in RIRO Skills Training. More info

  • If you want to offer the 12-hour RIRO skills training as professional development for service providers who work with young children, then enrol in a RIRO Trainer “Intensive.” More info

  • If you want to offer resiliency skills training to parent groups, then enrol in a BBT Trainer “Intensive.” More info

  • If you want to offer resiliency skills training to service providers and parent groups, then enrol in RIRO Trainer “Intensive.” *  More info
* RIRO Trainers who have successfully delivered the 12-hour RIRO skills training to service providers and who have strong parent group facilitation skills are eligible to apply to become BBT Trainers without further training (a fee applies for materials and support).

This option offers the most flexibility as it allows organizations to provide the 12-hour RIRO skills training for their staff as well as make use of several ways for RIRO-trained staff to become BBT Trainers. More info

How do I become a RIRO or BBT Trainer?

Join our team! Both RIRO and BBT Trainer Programs prepare participants to deliver resiliency skills training within their organizations and communities.

For information about becoming a RIRO or BBT Trainer, please go to “Become a Trainer”.

How do I access RIRO’s other resiliency workshops, presentations or consultation?

You can arrange for a presentation, workshop or consultation related to the promotion of resilience and well-being tailored to your needs by contacting us.


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