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NRRC Contracted Services
NRRC contracted services include principle-based resilience training, technical assistance, consultation, and special presentations, keynotes, and workshops. Most frequently we work with coalitions of public agencies education: health and human services, law enforcement, corrections, and non-profits for extended periods of time. These introductory trainings typically include four days of training spaced over a three month period. Advanced trainings are available. Plans can be customized to fit local needs and schedules. Individuals may participate in our programs. Organizations must meet prerequisites for ongoing service. Customary fees and related expenses apply. We do not provide counseling services. Please feel free to contact us
NRRC Service Knowledge Base
NRRC work is grounded in a solid foundation of resilience research and findings from a wide variety of complimentary scientific studies. It is essential to be familiar with and honor both key classic research and cutting edge discoveries. Bonnie Benard's aid in conceptualizing and bridging the gap between research and practice was priceless. We are indebted to Ann Masten, Emmy Werner and many other scientists who have shaped our work.

This knowledge base guides our commitment to changing systems. Many community agencies work to increase environmental protective factors. Additionally, we aim to foster the natural resilience of our participants by teaching principles for realizing health and well-being in a manner compatible with this science. We are grateful to Sydney Banks, Roger Mills and many other authors who have dedicated their lives to articulating these practical principles. (Over time also called Three Principles, Health Realization, Psychology of Mind and Innate Health.)

NRRC work has been supported by federal, state and private funders and client service fees. While most services have been provided in the United States, NRRC programs have also been conducted in Egypt, Canada and Mexico.

NEW!  NRRC Charitable Services
After more than 20 years of affiliation with the University of Minnesota, Executive Director Kathy Marshall Emerson now also offers free charitable services on a limited basis including:

  • Annual competitive opportunities for limited international and national free training services
  • Dissemination of seminal historical documents and resources regarding resilience and principles for realizing health posted on this NRRC site
  • Limited complimentary copies of books and publications 
  • Online updates and communication with leaders in former NRRC projects
  • Creation of brief articles for selected online publications of principle-based organizations

Click here for details and forms.

Exploring NRRC Training, Presentations, Consultation and Publications
University Course
Since 2002 Marshall Emerson has also conducted a graduate principles course, Spirituality and Resilience, at the University of Minnesota. This is offered online spring semester each year.  Click here for details.
For Purchase
Marshall , K. (2004). Resilience research and practice: National Resilience Resource Center bridging the gap. In H. C. Waxman, Y. N. Padron and J. Gray (Eds.). Educational Resiliency: Student, Teacher, and School Perspectives. Greenwich, CT: Information Age Publishing. This is available for purchase at
Complimentary Copies
As charitable service NRRC will provide complimentary copy of the following books or publications while supplies last.  A $7.00 shipping and handling fee will apply to EACH item ordered.  To order, please complete the PayPal ordering and payment process below.  
  • Central Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies. Resilience Research for Prevention Programs. Anoka, MN. (2001 complete series of articles by Benard, B. & Marshall, K.)                  
                  ~  Adventure Education: Making a Lasting Difference.  
                  ~  Big Brothers/Big Sisters Mentoring: The Power of Developmental Relationship.
                  ~  Competence and Resilience Research: Lessons for Prevention. 
                  ~  Meta-Analyses Provide Decade of Evidence: Effective School-Based Drug Prevention Programs. 
                  ~  Opportunities for Child-Initiated Learning: Long-term Follow-up Studies of Preschool Programs.
                  ~  Protective Factors in Individuals, Families, and Schools: National Longitudinal Study on Adolescent 
                      Health Findings.

  • Marshall, K. (2006). Parenting with Heart. Menomonie, WI: School District of the Menomonie Area.

  • Marshall, K. (2001). Bridging the Resilience Gap: Research to Practice. Resilience Research for Prevention Programs. Anoka, MN: Central Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies.

  • Marshall, K. (November, 1998). Reculturing systems with resilience/health realization. Promoting Positive and Healthy Behaviors in Children: Fourteenth Annual Rosalynn Carter Symposium on Mental Health Policy. Atlanta, GA: The Carter Center. (complete publication)

  • Stewart, D. Creating the Teachable Moment. (reprints with permission)

It does not really matter where we go. People are the same. I am constantly amazed by individuals' abilities to describe how they understand their own resilience. They know what is going on inside of them makes a critical difference. Their natural understanding is dumbfounding. We just bring it to light.  It is humbling to provide services focused on the natural strength and beauty of every human being.

-- K. Marshall Emerson
NRRC offers a variety of contracted and charitable services, selected products and access to University course.
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