What is Resilience?

Resilience is the ability to manage stress, to cope positively and keep going through tough times, to bounce back from adversity and achieve despite challenging conditions. It is a set of skills that are very much needed in the workplace and more generally in the 21st century, where uncertainty and impermanence have come to define so much in our lives.

Some people are fortunate to be born resilient – when knocked down they come back stronger than ever, but the good news is that resilience is something that can be developed whether that is personal resilience, resilient leaders, organisational resilience, community and national resilience. Positive Psychology Training is even based in a resilient city!

The 3 Rs of Resilience = Recovery (from setback), Resistance (inner strength) and Reconfiguration (rebuilding) 

The truth about resilience is that it’s not something extraordinary. Prof Ann Masten from the University of Minnesota describes it as ‘ordinary magic’ because of the many common ingredients that strengthen your resilience. Positive psychology is known as the science of resilience and our workshops offer you practical tools to build your resilience for your personal and professional life.

Resilience at Work: Stressing the Positive 

This workshop is aimed at anyone working within a stressful environment who would like to increase their resilience. It is suitable for organisations that are facing major challenges and explores a range of evidence-based tools which help you to function well in challenging conditions. This is a flexible half-day or 1-day course where you can choose the elements with greatest relevance for your needs and is tailored to the organisation.

  • Learn the ABCDE of resilience, which is at the core of many positive psychology programmes.
  • Develop optimistic explanatory style – the form of optimism you can learn.
  • Emotional well-being. Understand emotions, manage negative emotions and grow positive emotions.
  • Build psychological capital – Hope, Efficacy, Resilience & Optimism (HERO).
  • Discover your strengths, the inner resources, that you can draw on to keep going.
  • Apply your strengths for a new sense of direction.
  • Adopt a ‘growth mindset’ for success.
  • Nurture your networks to build positive connections.
  • Experience body-mind techniques that calm.
  • Develop an action plan for the future.

Miriam has delivered resilience training to frontline medics and managers as part of Imperial Healthcare’s Aspire Leadership Programme in London and to district nursing teams working for NSCP (North Somerset Community Partnership). Other organisations she’s delivered resilience tools to include the BBC, the Environment Agency, McCormick Foods, CABA, the Gulbenkian Foundation and design agency Pope, Wainwright & Wykes.

 “Thank you Miriam for an inspiring day.  I arrived to training feeling a little preoccupied and left feeling that my thoughts were energised.  I would highly recommend you as a facilitator and would give your skills from the training day as being knowledgeable, talented, clear and easy to understand and personable. We very much look forward to continuing to work with you to so more of our staff can benefit from resilience training and positive psychology” Kemi Oladapo, Head of Learning & Development, NSCP.

Miriam has facilitated the Penn Resilience Programme, developed at the University of Pennsylvania, which has been shown to halve the incidence of depression and anxiety. Originally for children making the transition to senior school, it is now delivered in the workplace and across the American military as the Comprehensive Soldier Fitness Program. Her ground-breaking book Positive Psychology for Overcoming Depression outlines the scientifically-grounded tools that help build resilience and recover your well-being.

One of our associate trainers is Dr Chris Johnstone, a specialist in resilience, who produced Personal Resilience in 1 hour and runs online training in resilience.

This course can be booked to be delivered in-house and is tailored to suit the needs of the organisation. If you want to participate in a course you are welcome to attend one of our open courses – the Positive Psychology Masterclass or the online Positive Psychology Foundations.