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Ellen Frank

Why the SCoRE Program Is Important

Posted on September 21, 2011

Ellen Frank (bio) asserts the importance of the SCoRE curriculum.


The reason I think that a program like this is important for college students is that even for the brightest, best adjusted young person the transition from high school to college is a very, very challenging one that involves a whole series of changes in approach, changes in social network, changes in the structure of one's life and every young person entering college could benefit from focusing on what his or her strengths are and how to protect himself or herself in the face of the stresses that will inevitably come with the transition to college life.

The lessons that one learns in developing a kind of resilience outlook are lessons that will serve one for the rest of one's life. Figuring out what your particular style is for managing stress and knowing what are your vulnerability points will help you as you are looking for work, as you begin your first job, as you get your first promotion. All of those are times when knowing what your strengths and what your vulnerabilities are can be incredibly helpful. Knowing how you manage stress and what your best strategies are in the context of stress. Knowing how to maximize your strengths and minimize whatever weaknesses you have. All of those are things that can be enormously helpful throughout life.

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Excerpted from interview with contributor in May 2011.

 

 

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    What the experts say

    "Even for the brightest, best-adjusted young person the transition from high school to college is a very, very challenging one.… All young people entering college could benefit from focusing on what their strengths are and how to protect themselves in the face of the stresses that will inevitably come with the transition to college life.… The lessons that one learns in developing a kind of resilience outlook are lessons that will serve one for the rest of one's life."

    Ellen Frank, PhD
    Professor, Department of Psychiatry
    University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

    "This program provides students with a skill set that either initiates them into resilience or adds to their strengths, and resilience will help them throughout the entire course of their lives."

    Toni Macpherson, MEd
    Executive Director
    LEAD Pittsburgh

    "If resilience education were incorporated early into college life, it would benefit campuses in many ways, because they would avoid a certain amount of increased individual difficulties with students, and that's wear and tear on the entire college campus.… There is no doubt in my mind that having a set of coping and resilience skills is just as important as whether I get an A or a B in a particular course."

    David J. Kupfer, MD
    Professor, Department of Psychiatry
    University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

    "Learning to be resilient is imperative in life; I don't know how you can go through life as well without it.… I think students will take away fewer scars of failure, rejection, and anxiety because they’ll know how to do things they might not have known had they not taken a course in resilience."

    Sheila R. Fine
    Chair, Board of Directors, and Principal Founder
    LEAD Pittsburgh