Exploring the Growth Mindset for Children and Youth: Working Definitions and Important Connections to Resiliency

Jan. 15, 2020
12:00–1:00 PM ET
Rose Ann Renteria, PHILLIPS Programs for Children and Families

According to psychologist Carol Dweck, our mindset plays a critical role in how we cope with life’s challenges. Using a fixed mindset, we might hear comments from children and youth such as, “I’m not good at this,” “I give up,” or “I can’t make this better.” However, using a growth mindset, we might hear, “I’m not good at this yet,” “I’ll use other strategies,” or “How can I improve this?” As child and youth care workers, it’s vital that we understand the concept of mindset as well as the “power of not yet,” especially as we strive to collaboratively build resilience, and support our children and families’ efforts to persevere in the face of setbacks.

As a result of participating in this webinar, participants will:

  • Identify the differences between a growth versus a fixed mindset

  • Reflect on the benefits of having a growth mindset

  • Learn how to build resiliency as a protective factor to support a growth mindset.

CYC Certification Competency Domain: Developmental Practice Methods



Rose Ann Renteria, PhD, is the Director of Research and Evaluation for PHILLIPS Programs for Children and Families in Annandale and Fairfax, VA, and Laurel, MD. She is committed to providing support without judgement to youth and caregivers seeking educational, life skills, and thriving opportunities, and believes that we all benefit from helping children, youth and their caregivers feel safe, secure, and nurtured. Rose Ann oversees outcomes, program evaluation, and performance management at PHILLIPS, and trains on protective factors nationally. She received her BA from the University of Texas at Austin, an MPA from the LBJ School of Public Affairs, and a PhD in sociology from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

fee: $45.00