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Building Resilience Podcast


We're glad you're here! Building Resilience, a new podcast from the King County Sexual Assault Resource Center (KCSARC), provides information and tangible tools to listeners who want to join us in our mission to end sexual violence.

Each episode focuses on a specific topic under the larger umbrella of sexual assault, offering steps you can take to change the culture, starting in your everyday conversations. Whether it’s a discussion on parenting tools to raise empathetic, resilient youth, or a conversation with young folks on how to create a safer school environment, we aim to equip you with what you need to help end sexual violence in our communities.

We'll be adding new episodes regularly — please subscribe so you get fresh content as soon as it's posted.


Please listen and subscribe, or click below for specific episodes. Building Resilience is also streaming on all popular platforms. Listen on Spotify!

EPISODES - click on titles to listen

Introducing Building Resilience

We're excited to introduce this new project as part of our violence prevention efforts! The purpose of this show is to equip listeners with what they need to end sexual violence. 

1. Boundaries 101

When we practice setting and respecting personal boundaries, we are building healthier relationships and healthier individuals. KCSARC’s Family Services Specialists and Preventionist discuss how parents and caregivers can empower their young ones to set and respect boundaries.


2. Communications Styles

People love to read horoscopes, take personality quizzes, and read up on their Enneagram type, yet many of us don’t consider the fact that there are also many different communication styles. Identifying your own communication habits, as well as those around you, can help you to avoid conflict and adapt to best reach others. KCSARC’s Family Services Specialists and Preventionist discuss communication styles and what we’ve found works well in our lives.


3. PRIDE Skills

KCSARC’s Family Services Specialists and Preventionist share one of their favorite parenting tools: “PRIDE skills,” which is a component of Parent/Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT). This episode covers the five communication skills that make up the PRIDE acronym: Praise, Reflect, Imitate, Describe, and Enthusiasm.

Download our PRIDE Skills summary. 


4. PLAIN Talk

Our Family Services Specialists and Preventionist are back with a discussion and skills-building episode for communicating with older youth and adults. Hear more about the five communication skills that make up the PLAIN acronym: Praise, Listen, Attitude, Initiate, and Negotiate.

Download our PLAIN Talk summary.


5. The Case for Consistency (why structure and routines are important)

As we’ve learned a year into a global pandemic, living in uncertainty is really exhausting. Similarly, when it comes to parenting, being consistent in adhering to values, agreements and guidelines is a game-changer. Consistency allows everyone to feel a sense of security and emotional safety. KCSARC’s Family Services Specialists and Preventionist talk about where the line is between being flexible and being consistent.


6. Tangible Takeaway: The Art of Active Listening 

This Tangible Takeaway is so important that it needed to be spotlighted: it’s the art of active listening. KCSARC’s Family Services Specialists share why actively listening to your child is so important, but it’s a skill that all of us should practice in all of our relationships.


7. Parenting a Teen

Studies are showing that the social restrictions of the COVID pandemic have been especially harmful for teens; even prior to the pandemic, mental illness and teens have been a large public health concern. It’s a time in one’s life that is full of growth and development, making a caring, nonjudgmental, support system crucial. We know that it can be challenging for parents and caregivers to know how to support a teenager, especially while juggling all of life’s other demands. KCSARC’s Family Services Specialists and Preventionist discuss how parents can support the teens in their lives, what’s typical adolescent behavior, and what could be a concerning red-flag. 


8. If Your Child Discloses, Cover the BASES (NEW!)

As a parent or caregiver, learning that your child has been sexually abused is likely one of the most difficult things to go through, and it’s absolutely understandable that you wouldn’t know how to respond or react to a disclosure. KCSARC’s Family Services Specialists share a set of tips to help parents and caregivers respond to a disclosure of sexual abuse from a child. Through the acronym BASES, you’ll learn what key things to do, and why they are so valuable to a child survivor: Believe, Affirm, Support, Empower, and Safety.