Course Outline:

Increasing your Resilience and Reducing Stress

Course Outline:

Increasing your Resilience and Reducing Stress

Course Title

Increasing your Resilience and Reducing Stress

Course Duration

Half Day Course


  • Introduces key evidence
  • Mixes brief presentations, facilitated discussion and small group work Is relevant to your own situation
  • Increases participants insight
  • Leads to personal action planning for improvement

Course Description

There are multiple pressures facing doctors today and this can lead to problems of stress and burnout.

However, there are also practical steps that can be taken to increase resilience by adapting thoughts and behaviours.

  • We review what causes stress for doctors
  • We look in detail at what can increase resilience
  • We discuss assertiveness – what it is and what it is not
  • We allow time for reflection and discussion
  • Participants can choose which changes will have the most impact for them.

Following the workshop participants will

  • Have a greater understanding of what causes stress for doctors
  • Recognise steps that can increase resilience and reduce stress
  • Have strategies to challenge thought patterns which increase stress
  • Recognise the links between assertiveness and resilience
  • Be familiar with a range of actions which can improve task management

The workshop is supported by a workbook including an action plan.

Theoretical focus

The overarching premise is that resilience is an outcome of behaviour, and that behaviour can be deliberated and purposefully altered. This is essentially a cognitive approach, with evidence of effectiveness both in physician and wider settings. Some key texts include:

  • Developing Resilience. A Cognitive Behavioural Approach by Michael Neenan
  • Building Physician Resilience. Jensen P et al. Can Fam Physician 2008; 54(5) 722-729
  • How to Deal with Stress by Stephen Palmer and Cary Cooper
  • Health and Safety Executive guidance on stress at work
  • The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey
  • Getting Things Done by David Allen
  • The Game Plan. Your Guide to Mental Toughness at Work by Steve Bull