Building Resilience

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Resilience is defined as the ability to effectively respond to challenges and move forward in a positive way. Today more than ever, resilience is an essential skill in the workplace. Highly resilient people cope well with adversity and learn valuable lessons from challenging experiences. 

    Skill-Building Videos

    Employee Assistance Program, Family Services, and UI Wellness staff have distilled key points from the workshop series described below into short videos. We encourage you to view these individually or for discussion at departmental meetings.

    Skill-Building Workshops on Resilience

    Any of the following skill-building workshops can be tailored to your department's unique needs and can range from 30-60 minutes. We can deliver a workshop at your offices but prefer to present to at least 15 attendees. To arrange for a workshop, please email and we will reach out to tailor your experience. 

    • Resilience in the Workplace: A departmental best practices guide highlighting skills for individuals and teams to navigate change, utilize resilient styles of communication, and receive education on what we can and can’t control
    • Positivity and Well-Being: A toolkit of skills to address performance, self-confidence, and stress as it pertains to being resilient
    • The Purpose of Purpose: Having meaning in one’s life and work is a necessary trait of resilient individuals. Learn ways to redefine yours.
    • The Resilient Leaders: This workshop is designed for established and emerging leaders as they respond to challenges and changes on the University of Iowa campus. The 60-90 minute session looks at how leaders can be role models for resilience and instrumental in creating a resilient team.
    • Happiness and Optimism: Focuses on the science of happiness, engagement, relationships, meaning and achievement
    • Emotional Awareness: Knowing what you're feeling and why is often easier said than done. Learn skills to manage your emotional experience for positive results.
    • Self Care and Staying Healthy: Intentional actions (often called habits) to take care of your physical, mental, and emotional health are ways to build resilience.
    • Problem Solving and Communication: Skills on coping, overcoming adversity, and clearly communicating with sensitivity to avoid problems before they start are main focuses of this informative workshop.

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    Contact Information


    Campus Address
    E119 CRWC
    Mailing Address

    E119 Campus Recreation and Wellness Center
    309 South Madison Street
    Iowa City, IA 52242-2010
    United States