The BEAR intervention is a new and exciting program for Building Emotional and Affect Regulation for children. It incorporates the latest development in the field of building resilience including mindfulness techniques, cognitive behavioral strategies and narrative interventions — all used in a creative and playful manner. The 6 session intervention is geared for children between the ages of 7-12, who have been exposed to difficult life events, and is conducted in small groups of 6-8 children.
Training, Supervision and Evaluation:
Facilitator training:
Prior to the group administration, facilitators receive extensive training dedicated to learning the basic principles of the program and gaining practice in the various exercises
Ongoing supervision:
Parallel to the group sessions, facilitators receive ongoing supervision and consultation in order to better implement the “BEAR Language” in the children’s daily experiences and to create an environment which promotes positive regulation and coping.
Program evaluation:
BEAR is accompanied by ongoing evaluation using multiple techniques and instruments
BEAR sessions:
Session 1: Forming a group
Session 2: Physical regulation
Session 3: Emotion regulation
Session 4: Cognitive-emotion regulation
Session 5: Interpersonal regulation
Session 6: Social support and seeking 
help
The BEAR protocol is a new module of “The Journey to Resilience” developed by The Israel Center for the Treatment of Psychotrauma with a special focus on emotion regulation (Pat-Horenczyk, Berger, Kaplansky & Baum, 2004).