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.

This course is available at the following time(s) and location(s):

Campus Session(s) Instructor(s) Cost Seats available  
Online - - TBD $350.00 29 Register

Schedule clarification: This course begins on the first date listed and ends six days after the last date listed. Between those times, you work at your own pace within the timelines set by the instructor.

What will I 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 will I learn?

  • Assignments 
  • Participation in online discussions 
  • Examinations

Hardware and software requirements 

We deliver this course using SFU's online course management system, Canvas. You will receive course details and Canvas access instructions on the first day of the course. You can check if your browser is compatible with Canvas here.

New to online learning? See About Online Learning for helpful videos and additional information.

Learning materials

You will access course materials online using Canvas