Resilience Skills in a Time of Uncertainty: A Free Course from the University of Pennsylvania

Who could use a course on resilience these days? To get you through this win­ter of dis­con­tent, the Uni­ver­si­ty of Penn­syl­va­nia has cre­at­ed a free ver­sion of Dr. Karen Reivich’s “Resilience Skills” course. (It’s part of the Foun­da­tions of Pos­i­tive Psy­chol­o­gy Spe­cial­iza­tion offered through Cours­era.) This course teach­es stu­dents to 1.) under­stand the pro­tec­tive fac­tors that make one resilient, 2.) make use of non-cog­ni­tive strate­gies that decrease anx­i­ety, 3.) rec­og­nize think­ing traps and how they under­cut resilience, and 4.) cre­ate a buffer of pos­i­tiv­i­ty that boosts resilience in stress­ful sit­u­a­tions.

The course tech­ni­cal­ly runs four weeks, but it can be binge-watched at what­ev­er rate you like. The course draws on the instruc­tor’s book, The Resilience Fac­tor: 7 Keys to Find­ing Your Inner Strength and Over­com­ing Life’s Hur­dles. To take the course for free, select the “Audit” option dur­ing the reg­is­tra­tion process.

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