Is Resilience Training for Professionals Necessary?

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Resilience is the ability to withstand and recover from difficult situations, emotions, and stressors. This quality has become increasingly important for professionals in many industries to maintain mental wellbeing, performance, and productivity. As such, resilience training has emerged as a popular way for business leaders to invest in their employees’ well-being and help them better handle adversity in the workplace.

The goal of resilience training is to equip people with the skills they need to recognize stressors and manage their reactions effectively. It also helps people identify personal strengths that can be used when dealing with challenging situations. This type of training can often be tailored according to an individual’s needs or an organization’s goals.

There are several different approaches when it comes to resilience training for professionals. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is one of the most commonly used methods that focuses on identifying thoughts or behaviors that are not helping a person cope with a situation and then replacing those thoughts or behaviors with more helpful alternatives. These new thought patterns can then lead to more positive outcomes during difficult times. Mindfulness meditation is another popular approach that teaches participants how to become more aware of their thoughts, feelings, physical sensations, and environment without judgment or trying to change it. This type of meditation can help people stay focused on what they can control instead of getting overwhelmed by external factors out of their control.

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More recently, research has also indicated that there may be some benefits associated with participating in resilience training as part of a group setting rather than individually (Conway et al., 2017). Group settings allow participants an opportunity for peer support while also learning techniques from each other that they may not have come up with on their own. It also provides opportunities for role-play which allows individuals an opportunity to practice newly acquired skills in real life scenarios before having these skills put into action during actual stressful events at work or home life.

One actionable step professionals can take today towards increasing their capacity for resilience is taking time out for self-care activities such as exercise, journaling, reading inspiring books/articles/quotes etc., listening/creating music etc (Wang et al., 2018). These activities have been proven effective through research studies as a way helping reduce stress levels while increasing emotional regulation abilities (Wang et al., 2018). Additionally these activities allow us an opportunity work on our emotional intelligence so we are better equipped at recognizing our own emotions along with those around us which ultimately helps us create healthier relationships both professionally and personally (Goleman & Boyatzis 2008).


  1. Conway S., O’Connor C., Conboy S., & Shevlin M.(2017). Team Resilience Training: Developing Adaptability Skills Through Group Interventions For Professionals Working In High Risk Environments International Journal Of Emergency Mental Health And Human Resilience , 19(3), 153–164
  2. Goleman D., & Boyatzis R.(2008) Social Intelligence: The New Science Of Human Relationships New York: Bantam Dell
  3. Wang Y.-H., Lin C.-C.. Su W.-P.. Chiu H.-Y.. Kuo Y.-L.(2018) The Effects Of Self-Care Activities On College Student Stress And Emotional Regulation International Journal Of Environmental Research And Public Health , 15(4), 712–721

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