Resiliency in Children & Teens with Chronic Illness


Resilience is the capacity to respond positively to hardships that someone might come across, including living with a chronic illness. It is about adapting to the new normal, learning information, and focusing on strengths and values. Being flexible and adaptable, having good communication within the family and medical team, and using positive coping strategies can all help with resilience.

Amanda Rozycki is a licensed clinical social worker at Duke Health's Division of Child and Family Mental Health & Developmental Neuroscience. She also manages the ATLAS Program. ATLAS stands for Adolescents Transitioning to Leadership and Success and it one of five similar programs in the United States. Cindy Petersen is a parent of a child with a chronic illness and she comes alongside other families who have children with special healthcare needs as a Family Partner with Duke Health.


ATLAS Program:

*Change of policy since the recording was made: Only active Duke patients are able to participate in the ATLAS program.

Got Transition:


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Page Cvelich

College/Teen Program Manager

Page Cvelich has brought a wealth of knowledge to the Work/Life Center from prior experience as a high school guidance counselor and parent education coordinator. Page has been responsible for setting up a high school college and career center, designing a career exploration program for teens and serving as a counselor at a backpacking camp in the Rockies. In her role as Teen/College Program Manager, Page enjoys interacting with small groups of parents and teens, as well as consulting one-on-one with parents and referring them to resources so that they are better able to provide the support and encouragement their kids need.

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