Resilience training

This course, worth 1 CME credit, provides practical strategies designed to strengthen your ability to cope with adversities. You can use them yourself or pass them on to patients and colleagues. It introduces resilience training as an evidence-based approach to reducing the risk of depression, anxiety and stress-related harm. This course is authored by Chris Johnstone, resilience specialist and former general practitioner, Online Resilience Trainer at and

5 Modules

What is resilience training and what is the evidence for it?

This module defines the concepts of resilience, post-traumatic growth and growth mindset. It outlines the research evidence for the effectiveness of resilience training and four ways it is valuable for health professionals. It also provides an approach to learning from examples of resilience.

4 items

Mapping resilience factors

This module provides a practical framework for mapping resilience factors as well as a practical strategy for reviewing your personal resilience toolkit. What would it be like if we thought of resilience as something we did rather than had?

Emotional first aid

This module describes how resilience is influenced by our emotional state, and how self-steadying practices can be used to support greater resilience.

Problem solving

This module introduces a structured problem-solving process that can strengthen our capacity to creatively respond to challenges, so that we are better able to find new ways forward in areas where we may have been feeling stuck.

Recap and further study

This last module reviews key elements of this course and identifies potential pathways for further exploration or training.

What you'll learn

  • What resilience is and the benefits of resilience training.
  • The evidence-base for the effectiveness of resilience training.
  • How to strengthen resilience.
  • How to identify the key elements of a personal resilience toolkit.
  • Emotional first-aid practices.
  • How to use a structure problem-solving process.
  • Where to find resources for further study and training.

The Instructors


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