Personal Resilience

Maintaining good mental health is key to protecting you from the impacts of trauma and stress. In this course, you focus on the proactive steps you can take to improve your mental health and remain healthy in a challenging environment.

In this course, you will acquire a set of personal resilience tools to help you overcome both trauma and the stigma related to trauma and mental health issues. This includes techniques such as mental rehearsal and arousal management; perspective; self-defeating thoughts; empathy; wins and losses; goal setting; and reaching out (including the role of social support and workplace supervisors). In addition, you’ll delve into other techniques like relaxation and general stress management that help to bolster resilience.

You will learn the psychological responses to acute and chronic stresses and various ways to mitigate the possible long-term negative consequences, of not dealing with such stressors in a healthy way. Resiliency can be learned and practiced regularly through various means and by the end of this course; you will have learned numerous techniques to choose from that will best suit your needs.


Location: Online
Format: Self-paced within deadlines set by instructor
Duration: 5 weeks
Tuition: $350
Can be applied to:
First Responders Trauma Prevention and Recovery Certificate

Upcoming Offerings

Register for a course at any time, with the option to apply to a program later.

Start Date
Seats Available
Start DateTue, Jun 11, 2024
  • Tue, Jun 11 (self-paced all week)
  • Tue, Jun 18 (self-paced all week)
  • Tue, Jun 25 (self-paced all week)
  • Tue, Jul 2 (self-paced all week)
  • Tue, Jul 9 (self-paced all week)
InstructorDanielle Dubé
Seats Available22
Start DateTue, Oct 29, 2024
  • Tue, Oct 29 (self-paced all week)
  • Tue, Nov 5 (self-paced all week)
  • Tue, Nov 12 (self-paced all week)
  • Tue, Nov 19 (self-paced all week)
  • Tue, Nov 26 (self-paced all week)
InstructorDanielle Dubé
Seats Available30
Start DateTue, Jun 10, 2025
  • Tue, Jun 10 (self-paced all week)
  • Tue, Jun 17 (self-paced all week)
  • Tue, Jun 24 (self-paced all week)
  • Tue, Jul 1 (self-paced all week)
  • Tue, Jul 8 (self-paced all week)
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What you will learn

By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • Explain resilience and its importance
  • Define the stages of resilience and how those stages apply to you
  • Evaluate and describe key characteristics of a resilient person
  • Describe the navy's approach to resiliency and studies of their participants’ mindset
  • Understand the importance of goal setting in difficult situations
  • Identify a resiliency tool that might benefit you in dealing with traumatic events
  • Explain what contributes to emotional intelligence and what makes a person resilient 
  • Apply approaches to resilience that you can add to your personal resiliency “tool kit"

How you will learn and be evaluated

  • Prepare to spend 6–8 hours per week on coursework
  • Expect reading and other assignments on a weekly basis
  • Plan to access the course at least once every few days to keep up with your work and group assignments

You will be evaluated on:

  • Assignments
  • Quizzes
  • Participation in online discussions

To apply this course towards the program certificate, you must achieve a minimum grade of C.

Learning Materials

No textbook is required. We will provide all course materials online.

Technical Requirements

For online courses, you will need a computer with audio and microphone that is connected to the internet. Canvas is the online system that will be used for the course. For more information and online support, visit Online Learning.