Created by a psychologist and social worker.
What Is Resilient Kids Boot Camp?
One Tuesday evening in my private practice office I was working with a middle school child that was dealing with issues of bullying and anger management. Simultaneously, I had recently completed a yearlong intensive training course in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), which was life-changing professionally. I wanted to be able to teach this boy the skills I just learned about of mindfulness, emotional regulation, distress tolerance, and interpersonal effectiveness in a developmentally fun and appropriate way. I looked to my book shelf which housed many therapeutic board games that I used over the years, but none addressed this need. Then, an “aha!” moment came over me. There needed to be a therapeutic tool to teach DBT skills to young people. As I did my research, none were out there that filled this gap. I partnered with a like-minded colleague and Resilient Kids Boot Camp was born.
Our mission is to bring Resilient Kids Boot Camp to all youth and families that can benefit from this therapeutic tool. We want to be changemakers in our community and globally, to help all in need. Psych Whisperer, LLC is committed to the philosophy of “paying it forward” and will donate 10 percent of profits to Las Vegas area charities supporting homeless children and families.
Resilient Kids Boot Camp is a therapeutic board game that teaches children how they have control over their behavioral responses to stress. While learning to make more positive choices, they will also build resiliency. The four basic DBT skills developed while playing the game are mindfulness, emotional regulation, distress tolerance, and social skills. This therapeutic tool contains an engaging game board, 4 game pieces, 1 die, 80 tokens, a spinner, 80 game cards (20 Mindfulness, 20 Regulate Emotions, 20 Handle Stress, and 20 Social Skills). Players move through the game board and will receive tokens for their effort in answering questions that target these resiliency skills. The game provides a variety of strategies and scenarios that will help children develop coping skills to manage challenging life experiences.
Resilient Kids Boot Camp was created by Paula Squitieri Ph.D. and Thomas Faulkner LCSW, clinicians with over 30 years of combined experience working with children and families. As trained professionals in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Dr. Squitieri and Mr. Faulkner used their evidenced based knowledge to create and design this therapeutic tool. You can contact us at