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Growth & Resiliency Model©

About The Growth & Resiliency Model© (GARM)

The Growth & Resiliency Model© was created and copyrighted in 2021 by Simply Bee CEO Audrey Grunst, LCSW. It is the foundation of the work we do here at Simply Bee. This comprehensive five-step model is designed to fuse theory, skill, and knowledge into people's understanding of their personal growth and emotional development. 

The theory behind this model is that a growth mindset occurs when you are aware of your internal world, can observe it without judgment, know how to respond instead of react, and can integrate all of that information into the external world effectively. The final step is to reflect on the process, celebrate what went well and learn from what didn't. Through the use of this model, we believe you can learn to intuitively overcome life's daily challenges and appreciate them as opportunities for positive change.

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How It Works

This model follows a linear five-step process. Each step builds upon the last to create a holistic and easy to understand path towards growth and resilience.

Become Aware

In order to grow, you must first be aware of what is going on mentally, emotionally, and physically. There are four core pieces of awareness: thoughts, emotions, physical sensations, and urges (also know as the Big 4).

Observe Objectively

Observation is the practice of taking a step back and allowing ourselves to experience our awareness without judgment. The purpose of observing is to use mindfulness practices to slow down and remain present.

Respond Responsibly

This step is all about learning how to respond to yourself and your environment rather than react. A responder is someone who is calm and confident in challenging situations. A reactor is someone who is impulsive and out of control.

Integrate Effectively

Integration is the process of taking all you've learned internally and applying it to the world of relationships, communication, and goal-setting. To Integrate Effectively means you act externally in alignment with how you feel internally.

Grow Resilience

To grow is to be able to reflect on your experiences and deeply understand the ways that you were innovative, creative, and resilient in the face of challenges. There is no start or end point to this step because there is no limit to your growth.

Introduction to Simply Bee's Growth & Resiliency Model©


Growth & Resiliency Model© Programs



In both our Intensive Outpatient & Partial Hospitalization Programs, GARM is a central part of our curriculum & treatment process. Utilized in both skills groups and parent groups, this model gives clients and families an easy to understand language to develop skills and build long-term resilience.

Outpatient Therapy


Starting from day 1, our therapists are trained on GARM, using its framework and concepts in session. Our goal is to empower our clients with skills and a system for their growth and healing that they can continue to rely on both inside and outside of our office. 


Training & Development


GARM is integral to each of our 3 training & development departments: SEL for educators, students and parents, mental performance for athletes and DEI for schools and organizations. Our facilitators are trained in the model and incorporate their own expertise within its framework to deliver cohesive, tangible and applicable presentations & programs to our community. 

About The Creator

Audrey Grunst, LCSW

With 10+ years of experience as a therapist and speaker, Simply Bee founder & CEO discovered a common thread through her work. Contrary to the common belief in the mental health industry that growth is a cyclical process, Audrey found that it actually is more of a linear process: without first developing self-awareness, growth is impossible! Drawing inspiration from Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs, the Growth & Resiliency Model© is designed to systematize the way that people grow and develop resilience. While growth is never a quick journey, this model is designed to make it both realistic and easy through its step-by-step process. Fusing together theory, personal experience, and the lessons she's learned from her work with individual clients and larger audiences of students and professionals, her model has become the foundation of the way Simply Bee supports its community. 

Growth & Resiliency Model© Resources

5 Steps To Grow A Resilient Mind

Through a combination of skills, real world stories, and guided journaling template pages, this book gives you the opportunity to master each step of the Growth & Resiliency Model©, step by step and day by day.

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SEL Curriculum

Utilizing the lessons and skills of each step of the Growth & Resiliency Model©, Simply Bee has created SEL curriculum for students. Complete with a facilitator's key and an interactive student workbook, this curriculum is designed to help students in their mental and emotional development.

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