Leadership & Resiliency Program Frequently Asked Questions

We would like to add a component to the program. To what extent we can add activities that are not part of the original LRP design without deviating too far from the model?

In general, adding to the program is not a fidelity issue. It's when you take away from the original design that you get into a problem. Do consider the three core areas and the resiliency areas of focus for each of them. This will really help you sort and sift which other activities might still match with the program philosophy. We are happy to provide guidance.

Do all the activities have to be "adventure" activities? Can they be "regular" sports activities such as basketball, hockey, etc.?

The "adventure" activities focus on positive risk-taking. Also, activities that will put participants in "new" situations where they might not initially be successful (or look cool) are great. Activities like yoga, archery and hiking have all been implemented for this component. These activities have to offer opportunities for program goal area process discussions and "regular" sports may not provide that – it's about the positive risk-taking, the "rush" of doing something adventurous, doing things that you might have to work at to be successful OR something at which you might not experience success. These activities also focus on delayed gratification and learning how to manage risks.

Does the manual include curriculum for out of school groups?

The entire program is process-focused and the manual is less a "curriculum" and more a guide to implementation. You will need to have program facilitators with group process experience. The manual does include details about all three components of the program:  in-school groups, community volunteer experience/service learning and adventure/alternative activities. The manual also includes pre- and post-tests and other program evaluation information.

I understand that the LRP facilitators need to be Masters level. What if we can’t do this?

Since LRP is process-focused it requires someone clinically oriented and skilled in group work. Masters level staff is a best practice but is not required. We understand that this may prove difficult for some and arranging for ongoing clinical supervision is necessary regardless. Facilitators will encounter challenging issues so having support is critical.

What is the proper "dosage" of LRP programming in order to maintain fidelity to the program design?

LRP is an intensive, year-round program. In order to meet fidelity requirements, the following program components should be planned for at the levels shown in the chart below.

The simplest way to consider fidelity to the program model is through a review of the program design and the recommended dosage for each component:


Program Component


Months Per Year

Dosage Total

In-School Resiliency Groups 4x month (weekly) 9 36
Community Volunteer Experiences/ Service Learning Opportunities 1x month 12 12
Alternative/Adventure Activities 1x month 12 12

3 Total components

6 interventions per month

Programming All Year

60 activities/sessions per year

Note: This design is a “best case scenario” and does not include consideration of holiday breaks from school or other events that would reduce the number of in-school groups or other activities.

I've read all this material, but still have questions. What now?

We're glad to talk to you to answer any remaining questions:

For program information please contact: Jamie MacDonald, Wellness, Health Promotion & Prevention Manager at 703-383-8451.

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