Help yourself and other people deal with difficult times

An opportunity to deepen your understanding of resilience and learn practical, evidence-based strategies that strengthen your capacity to cope with challenging situations, and help others do this too

A video-based and in-depth online training to build and nourish resilience in yourself and others.

When Do You Feel Outside Your Comfort Zone?

When challenging experiences take you far outside your comfort zone, it is easy to feel overwhelmed, anxious, defeated or depressed.

What helps you access your strengths, deal with setbacks and respond well to difficult situations? And how can you help others do this too?

Resilience Training is of Proven Effectiveness

With the challenges linked to the current pandemic, economic decline and climate change too, we live in a time of enormous uncertainty. You might be facing hardship right now, or play a role supporting people who are struggling. Looking into the future can make our hearts sink.

Yet when facing difficult starting points, resilience is a quality, strength and skillset that helps make better outcomes more likely. Research shows that resilience training reduces the risk of depression, anxiety and stress related harm, while also improving people’s capacity to cope with difficult times.

Resilience is a powerful force of nature that can happen through us. We can learn ways to help it happen more.


Resilience Practitioner Training

The Resilience Practitioner Training focusses on seven key areas where learnable strategies and insights help personal resilience grow (drawing on the framework described in Chris Johnstone’s book Seven Ways to Build Resilience). The course is presented in eight modules, each focusing on specific resilience-building interventions and self-help practices.

This online training is designed for practitioners (including health and social care professionals, managers, team leaders, teachers, therapists and coaches) who wish to familiarise themselves with evidence-based resilience tools both to use themselves and pass on to those they work with. The course is also suitable for interested members of the public keen to grow their capacity to deal with difficult times.


Recorded webinars


Hours of CPD training value


Hours of additional video tutorials and resources

The course involves three core elements:

Recorded Webinars

Eight 60-minute recorded webinars with Dr Chris Johnstone, recorded from a live webinar series than ran from October 2020 to January 2021. This recorded version of the course can be started at anytime and watched at times convenient to you.

An Online Learning Platform

An online learning platform with accompanying video tutorials and interviews, as well as downloadable handouts, templates and a discussion forum.

Home Practice Exercises

Home practice exercises with each module that support the development of a different resilience skill.

Here's What You'll Learn When You Enroll

Module 1

Storyboarding, Core Framework and

In this module, you'll learn...

This module introduces the core framework of the course, based on developing a personal resilience toolkit of Self-Helps SSRIs (Strategies, Strengths, Resources and Insights). Foundational practices, such as storyboarding and mapping influences, are introduced. A central theme is exploring how we help others deal with dips, with self- help tools that help them find the upslope of recovery.

Module 2

Emotional First-Aid

In this module, you'll learn...

What helps us deal with emotional storms and distress? This module draws on advances in neuroscience that help us understand the impact of our nervous system on how we think, feel and act. Applying emotional intelligence strategies, we look at ways to listen to and benefit from our feelings, while also being able to weather emotional upset. Emotional First-Aid practices are introduced that we can teach 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).

Module 3

Thinking Flexibly, Self-Help Cognitive Therapy

In this module, you'll learn...

Cognitive Therapy is of proven benefit in treating depression and anxiety. This module introduces a self-help form of cognitive therapy based on applying three thinking skills taught in the Penn Resilience Program. We’ll look at using the ABC Thinking Check tool to increase awareness of the impact of the way we think, as well as nudge ourselves or those we work with to explore new perspectives.

Module 4

Overload Management, Dealing with Stress

In this module, you'll learn...

This module introduces the human function curve as a way of helping understand the relationship between pressure and performance. We’ll look at what happens to our bodies and minds when we’re in overload, recognizing how breathing and relaxation practices act on our physiology to help settle symptoms of stress. We’ll also look at practical strategies to tackle overload when too many plates are being spun.

Module 5

Problem-Solving Strategies, Cultivating Creative Responses

In this module, you'll learn...

Problem Solving Training has been shown to be as effective as antidepressants in the treatment of depression, though you don’t need to be depressed in order to benefit. We’ll look at how to cultivate creative thinking, strengthen frustration tolerance and use structured problem-solving processes that help open up new pathways forward in areas where we, or those we work with, have been feeling stuck.

Module 6

Strengthening Support, Resilience in Relationships

In this module, you'll learn...

This module looks at how to help people strengthen their support networks and nourish the relationships that sustain them. We identify at common obstacles to asking for, and receiving support, as well as ways to help our clients through these. Moving from personal to interpersonal resilience, we look at what helps us deal with bumpy patches between people or in teams, and repair relationships when they go wrong.

Module 7

Stickability Part 1 – Helping Resilience Habits Stick

In this module, you'll learn...

Much of what is communicated in training courses is likely to be forgotten within a short period of time. How can we increase the chances that the benefits of this course, or the wellbeing interventions we offer, will endure? This module looks at the maintenance stage of change and explores ways of planting resilience habits so that they are more likely to stick.

Module 8

Stickability Part 2 -
Follow-up Review

In this module, you'll learn...

An opportunity to review learning after a period of reflective practice (and an optional reflective practice project) to apply the tools we've looked at.

"There is a real skill in taking a huge topic and distilling it into accessible, digestible chunks that add immediate value. Chris Johnstone has created such a programme here."

Anna Phillips, Coach and Mindfulness Teacher

"This course has amazing depth and practicality to it. Chris guides you through a wealth of knowledge with a large menu of useful tools to apply immediately."

Klaudia Van Gool, Permaculture Teacher

"Chris has a brilliant way with words and presents easily remembered tools and techniques that can immediately be put into practice and shared with my clients."

Catrin MacDonnell, Executive Coach

Dr Chris Johnstone

Dr Chris Johnstone is one of the UK’s leading resilience trainers, with over 30 years experience teaching in this field.

After a first degree specializing in psychology, he graduated in medicine with distinction in 1986. He trained as a GP, then moved into the mental health field.

For many years he ran a groupwork programme in the UK mental health service teaching resilience skills, while also pioneering resilience training in the workplace and in adult education.

His books include Active Hope (co-authored with Joanna Macy) and Seven Ways To Build Resilience. His online resilience trainings have attracted students from over 60 countries.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have a question that isn't answered here, please contact us.

As this is the recorded version of the course, it can be started at anytime, and worked through at your own pace. There's no time limit. We are not running a live webinar-based version of the course in 2021, and the next one may be in Oct 2022.

Registering for the course gives you long-term access to it. After enrolling, you can access this course for as long as you like - on a range of different devices, including computers, tablets and smartphones.

Yes. While the webinars are recorded, the discussion forum continues throughout the year, so that you can ask questions and also explore themes with other participants who join the course throughout the year.

Yes, the course is designed for dual benefit - supporting you in nourishing your own resilience, as well as equipping you with tools, interventions and materials you can use to support resilience in other people.

Yes, a certificate is awarded on course completion and past participants from a range of professions have counted this course as part of the CPD requirements.

We recommend allowing 2.5 hours for each of the eight modules (60 mins for each webinar plus 90 mins for additional videos, reading and practice), counting the course as 20 hours of CPD (continuing professional development). Additional reading and links may lead interested participants to spend longer than this.

Yes there is, our concession fee rate is £195. Please contact us if you need this.

This Is For You If...

You’d like to strengthen your ability to respond well to difficult situations and/or help other people do this too.

This course works with the ‘me, you and us’ model of resilience, looking at how we build resilience at three levels – self care (me), supporting others (you) and also contributing to collective resilience (us). This course is suitable for people interested in any of these levels.

This course offers you:

Benefit 1


Feel more confident and resourced when facing stressful times, having a deeper understanding of what supports your resilience and an expanded toolkit of evidence-based practices available to you.

Benefit 2

Helping Others

Be in a stronger position to help other people build their resilience, whether in a professional capacity supporting clients, colleagues or trainees, or in your personal life supporting friends and family.

Benefit 3

Supporting Us

Be better able to play a role contributing to collective resilience in families, groups, teams and communities, as well as our larger society, in the challenging times we face.

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