Project Resiliency



Project Resiliency Application

Purpose of Project Resiliency:

Students who are disengaging from schools benefit from the supportive engagement at Project Resiliency.  Sometimes traditional approaches to addressing this complicated issue further reinforces a lack of connection, and the experience of feeling misunderstood by school staff.  It may also inadvertently reinforce a young persons disengagement from other support services.  Project Resiliency was developed by Langley District staff for all Langley District Secondary students to offer a strength based, supportive assessment and intervention.

What is Project Resiliency?

Project Resiliency is a three day counselling based program that offers young people the opportunity to address whatever might be preventing them from achieving their full potential. Through youth friendly and engaging activities students have the opportunity to explore personal adversities as well as personal and family strengths.  This structured experience encourages the consideration and incorporation of healthy coping strategies and establishes positive adult supports within the school and community.

What we offer:

  • Three day intensive support program
  • Intake for Vanguard Secondary
  • Clinical consultation, support, and intervention planning to District schools
  • EMDR Trauma Therapy 
  • District Special Incident Support (e.g. Violence Threat Risk Assessment support)
  • Partnership with external support services in Langley
  • Follow-up support for District students
  • Connect Parent groups


Who can benefit from attending?

We believe that anyone can benefit from this opportunity, especially those impacted by any of the following;

  • Mental health
  • Developmental or Incident Trauma
  • New to District (in need of additional supports)
  • Divorce
  • Family illness (mental or physical) or addiction
  • Academic challenges
  • General life stress
  • Attendance
  • Health problems
  • Behavioural challenges (school, home, or community)
  • Relationship conflict (family or peers)
  • Unhealthy peer groups
  • Drug use or possession
  • Grief and Loss
  • Addictions of any kind


How can students be referred to Project Resiliency or Vanguard Secondary?

School Administrators and Counsellors can initiate referral due to their own concerns or after consulting with a concerned family member, student, school personnel, or school district partner.


Who can refer?

A Langley School Administrator or School Counsellor can complete and submit the online Admin referral as part of a “proactive approach” including:

  • Student can complete and submit the online self-referral
  • Parent can complete and submit the online referral
  • Community agency can complete and submit the online referral


Where to apply?

Langley School District Administrator or counsellor completes the online referral found at:

Student completes the online survey titled “enroll now” at: (if a school is not referring you, we will call you or your guardian with the start date)

Note: The student online referral will give you the option for applying to Vanguard Secondary

The Program:

Project Resiliency is designed to address five focus areas; Home and Health, Relationships and School/Community. The intention is to increase student self awareness and identify areas for change/intervention.

Concepts included:

  • Universal and personal “adversities”
  • Resiliency
  • Control and healthy coping
  • Substance use and addiction
  • Physiology and Psychology
  • Strategies for control, coping, decision making and change


Students leave the program with a Project Resiliency Completion Report (Care Plan).  This support plan will be different for each student and will include community and health supports as required. The Project Resiliency Completion report:

  • May identify “presenting issues” and a point form plan for change as identified by the student in the five focus areas: Home, Health, Relationships, School and Community.
  • Identifies “adult coach/mentors” to support that goal area.
  • Lists all other referrals/outside agency connections made or recommended

Project Resiliency Clinicians follow-up one month after completion of the program and additionally as appropriate, and are available to assist parents and school staff in creating and implementing long term support plans.


Project Resiliency Application


Project Resiliency Schedule:

* Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday – 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

* 3825 244th St., Langley, B.C., V2Z 2L1 (Vanguard Secondary site)


Who we are


Dee Koruz, CCC

Intervention Clinician and Intake Supervisor

Cell: 604-613-0389


  • Project Resiliency program facilitation
  • Intervention Clinician and Intake Supervisor
  • Project Resiliency and Vanguard Intake and Transitioning


Cindy Pettit, CCC

Intervention Clinician and Connect Parent Supervisor

Cell: 604-614-1520


Additional Responsibilities:

  • Project Resiliency program facilitation
  • Parent Intervention and Training (Connect Parent)
  • Clinical Supervision of attachment based family therapy and connect Parent Team


Kim Leifso, CCC

Intervention Clinician and Youth and Family Support Worker Team Supervisor


Additional Responsibilities:

  • Intervention Clinician and Clinical Supervision of Youth and Family Support Team
  • Strategic planning around base-line behaviour shifts
  • Care Plan supplemental evidence collecting and tracking
  • Clinical supervision and Case Manager of Youth and Family Support Worker therapeutic interventions and behaviour monitoring



Clinician Team – District Clinical Consulting

  • Pre PR Consultations
  • Clinical/Hospital Coordination and Intake (re-intake) Transitioning
  • Three Day Alternate to Suspension Program – Assessment
  • Integrated Case Management Support
  • Post PR and Individual Follow-up Support
  • Clinical Forms and Consent

Clinician Team – EMDR Trauma Therapy

  • Trauma Protocol
  • Addictions Protocol
  • Resource Installation Protocol
  • Performance Enhancement Protocol
  • Pain Management Protocol

Clinician Team – Special Incident Support

  • Violence Threat Risk Assessment Support and District Team Participation
  • District Traumatic Event Support and District Critical Response Team Participation
  • Eight-Step Assessment Support


Vanguard Secondary School

3825 - 244 Street, Langley
BC, V2Z 2L1
Phone: 604-856-9192
Fax: 604-856-9328