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Personal Resilience for Me, You and Us - 2021

Key Info: 
  • Map out and design constructive responses to a wide range of challenges
  • Explore practices that help people settle themselves when feeling distressed without blocking the motivating energy of sacred unrest
  • Find and follow thought pathways that help bring out your best

With Dr Chris Johnstone and Professor David Peters

£ 795.00
Course fees include all meals, field trips, materials and all teaching sessions.The programme will run from Monday to Friday afternoon and includes four nights private accommodation with shared bathroom plus all vegetarian meals from the first l
unchtime you arrive through until the lunchtime before your departure. If you would like to take this course as a non-residential participant, please call us on Tel: +44 (0) 1803 847237

Resilience training is of proven value in preventing depression, anxiety and stress-related harm, research also showing it can help people perform better under pressure. Drawing from Chris Johnstone's book Seven Ways to Build Resilience, this course focuses on seven key skills that enhance our ability to cope with, recover from, and even be strengthened by, the impact of adversity.

We start with Storyboarding, looking at how we can map out and design constructive responses to a wide range of challenges by considering the question 'what might a story of resilience look like here?' Storyboarding tools are introduced that make it easier to adapt course contents to the chosen focus of participants, whether their own lives, those they play a role in supporting (perhaps professionally in coaching, healthcare or teaching, or informally with family, colleagues and friends), and/or within groups, communities and organisations.

Drawing on advances in neuroscience that help us understand the impact of our nervous system on how we think, feel and act, we look at how we can apply Emotional First-Aid. We explore a range of practices we can use ourselves and teach others that help people to settle themselves when feeling distressed. We’ll look at useful elements in a crisis drill, drawing on self-compassion, mindfulness and ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy).

Recognising the impact of the way we think on how we approach difficult situations, the third skill, of Thinking Flexibly, explores how to find and follow thought pathways that help bring out our best. We look at three cognitive skills taught in evidence-based resilience programs around the world.

As the experience of having too much to do is so widespread, the fourth skill we look at is Overload Management. We'll look at principles and practices for dealing with stress and preventing burnout.

The fifth skill is Problem Solving, research showing that teaching problem solving strategies can be an effective treatment for depression. We look at how to build our capacity to work with challenges that don't seem to have a clear or easy solution.

With our sixth skill, Strengthening Support, we take an evidence-based approach to building nourishing relationships. We give attention not only to human relationships, but also to deepening our rootedness within the larger community of life on Earth.

The last of our seven skills is Stickability, drawing on insights from health psychology in looking at how we build, strengthen and maintain positive habits that endure. Seeing Stickability as an active process deepened by learnable practices helps ensure that the benefits of the course, and the resilience skills it explores, are felt long into the future.

*The Booking Deadline gives us an accurate idea of course participant numbers at approximately 6 weeks before the course is due to run, at which point we confirm the course, add additional time for people to book on or cancel the course. We encourage people to register early for courses as places are limited.

With Dr Chris Johnstone and Professor David Peters

Dr Chris Johnstone

Dr Chris Johnstone is one of the UK's leading resilience trainers and has been teaching resilience skills for over thirty years, pioneering the role of resilience training in mental health promotion, coaching practice and the workplace. His books include Seven Ways to Build Resilience and Active Hope (co-authored with Joanna Macy). He teaches online at, his video-based online course Personal Resilience in an Hour having students from more than fifty-five countries.

Professor David Peters

Professor David Peters

Professor David Peters is founder/director of the Centre for Resilience at the University of Westmister, where his research interests include the psycho-physiology of resilience and recovery, self-care in long term conditions, and the role of non-pharmaceutical treatments within the NHS. He previously worked for many years as a family doctor pioneering the role of integrated medicine at the Marylebone Health Centre in London. He has co-authored six books, is a former chair of the British Holistic Medical Association and edits the Journal Of Holistic Healthcare.

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  1. What does a bursary mean to you?
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  3. If your financial situation justifies you applying for a bursary, how much are you able to contribute towards attending this course?

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