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Resilience and Thriving: The Secret Power of Stress

A program developed by the National Wellness Institute

Facilitator:  Joel Bennett  PhD, CWP

Monday, March 9, 2020   8:00-4:00 p.m.

At the IBEW/NECA Service Center


             Resilience is about preparing for and learning from adversity. Most of life’s problems are not sudden and overt. They are small daily irritations, or triggers, that over time cause strain and exhaustion. Most adverse incidents that occur are proceeded by these triggers. The key competency (we call “Raw Coping Power”) is the ability to work with these triggers and strains so that they provide the opportunity for growth. It is possible to move from barely coping, to coping well, to resilience, to thriving. This course shows you how to do that systematically AND also to know when it is important to access external resources.

Course Objectives

Certificate course participants—as well as the individuals they train—will be able to:

  •  Distinguish between how stress, resilience, and thriving operates in their lives

  •  Identify the effects of stress and signs of not coping well

  •  Identify personal coping style and strengths for transforming stress into a positive factor

  •  Identify how stress is a risk factor for both personal health (negative well-being, unhealthy habits) and workplace outcomes (absenteeism, accidents, mistakes)

  •  Recognize healthy alternatives to working with stress

  •  Describe 5 specific steps to thrive from stress

Course Outline

(includes the opportunity to practice)

  • Levels of thriving across wellness dimensions and Set-point

  • Role of culture in stress and thriving

  • Early Stress Warning Signs / Later Stress Warning Signs

  • Wellness Lifestyle and Coping Style

  • The Positive Coping Cycle and The Negative Coping Cycle

  • Setting Intentions and Five-Step Transformation

  • Seeking Help

  • Attendees will receive the following materials:

  • An electronic editable copy of the core presentation slide-deck with facilitator notes and guidance

  • Customizable handouts, evaluation forms, and guidelines needed to replicate the training

  • An Excel spreadsheet for tabulating pre- and post-ratings

  • Follow-up access to all session recordings

  • One copy of Raw Coping Power: From Stress to Thriving by Dr. Joel Bennett

This program was developed by  National Wellness Institute (NWI), in collaboration with Organizational Wellness Learning Systems (OWLS), in a new system that integrates NWI's 6 Dimensions of Wellness model with the concepts of stress, resilience, and thriving.

 Please note:  additional steps are necessary, but INCLUDED to become an OWLS-certified Facilitator