Here’s some recommendations and suggestions if you’d like to find out more about resilience training, or to develop yourself as a Resilience Practitioner.
Recommended Resilience Books
Martin Seligman, Flourish (London, Nicholas Brealey, 2011) This is a great introduction to positive psychology, positive education and resilience training.
Karen Reivich and Andrew Shatté, The Resilience Factor, (New York, Broadway Books, 2002). This is a more in-depth introduction to the strategies taught in the Penn Resilience Program. It is strong on cognitive strategies, particularly the ABC and Real-time resilience.
Chris Johnstone, Seven Ways to Build Resilience, Robinson London, 2019. This came out in April 2019, and offers a readable introduction to resilience, together with a range of evidence-based and evidence-informed practical strategies.
Lucy Hone, Resilience Grieving (New York, The Experiment Publishing, 2017). Dr Lucy Hone, who trained in Positive Psychology with Martin Seligman and Karen Reivich at the University of Pennsylvania, describes hard earned lessons about grieving and resilience following the devastating earthquakes in her home city of Wellington, New Zealand and the tragic death of her daughter Abi.
Andrew Zolli and Ann Marie Healy, Resilience (Headline Business Plus, London, 2012). This gives a broad-ranging and well-researched overview of resilience, extending beyond the personal to include social and community resilience. It illustrates key elements of resilience practice with engaging real-life stories.
Resilience Web Resources
Boing Boing at https://www.boingboing.org.uk – an inspiring website with lots of resources on resilience for young people, developed by the team at the University of Sussex.
The Resilience Toolkit at https://www.seemescotland.org/media/8155/resiliance-toolkit.pdf – produced by Greater Glasgow and Clyde NHS, this pdf toolkit for young people is a useful resource.
University of Pennsylvania Positive Psychology Center at https://ppc.sas.upenn.edu – see particularly their research sections on resilience with children and young adults, and the information about the Penn resilience program.
College Of Wellbeing .com has a range of resilience online courses, including the short video-based Personal Resilience in an Hour (which has students from over 55 countries) to the more in-depth Resilience Practitioner Training.
ResilienceForTherapists.com offers a seven-module online resilience training for counsellors and therapists run by Chris Johnstone and Jane Sanders.
ResilienceForDoctors.com offers a seven-module online resilience training for medical doctors run by Chris Johnstone and Simon Wade.