Strengthening Personal Resilience Masterclass

Category: Educational/Clinical Supervisors - Established Trainers Courses

Date: April 29th 2019 9:30am until 4:30pm

Location: Plymouth Postgraduate Medical Centre (Seminar Room 4) PL6 8DH

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This Event is aimed at Heads of School’s/DME’s/TPD’s/FP Leads


Resilience is the personal capacity to face up to and overcome potentially stressful events without experiencing any stress personally. This is active resilience.  Passive resilience is a process of ignoring a potentially stressful event, hoping it will go away, and expecting to emerge unscathed after the event has passed.

Resilience is a choice. It is a choice between being actively resilient or not, depending on your self-interest, motivation, attitude towards the event, and the expected outcome from being energised to rise up to the event and overcome it. Therefore, personal resilience is heavily influenced by the context of the event. If the context is positive, encouraging and helpful, you are more likely to adopt active resilience. Conversely, if the environment is toxic, you are more likely to adopt passive resilience. Passive resilience often results in sub-optimal performance.

Active resilience is a key component in the primary prevention of stress at work.  We all have a responsibility to be as resilient as possible against the uncertainties of everyday working lives.  The more successful we are at being actively resilient, the more likely we are to increase our reservoir of resilience and our confidence in being able to tackle some very tricky situations.

Some aspects of resilience are personality influenced whilst others are skills determined.   All elements can be learnt and strengthened.

This programme is about building your foundations of resilience. This is level 1 resilience from which specific resilient behaviour is derived (level 2 resilience).



The framework for this programme focuses on three aspects of personal resilience – personal control, control over responses to events, and control over responses to people.

Control over self:

This aspect of the programme explores the individual, particularly the events and challenges that have been overcome in the past. These are part of the experience and portfolio of skills that enable the individual to overcome similar challenges in the future. The specific elements are:

  • Self-awareness – who are you? What skills, knowledge and experiences have you accumulated?

  • Determination – which includes discovering personal values.

  • Vision – what do you really, really, really want to do?

  • Self-confidence – which includes techniques to control anxiety.

Control over responses to events:

This element helps people tackle chaotic situations and remain in control of them. The specific elements are:

  • Organisation – organising yourself in times of chaos

  • Problem solving – solving different types of problem

Control over responses to others:

This element is about the ability to control interaction so that the person can talk to anyone about anything at any time.  The specific elements are:

  • Interaction – the behaviours of interaction

  • Relationships – forging important and strong relationships


 Components of the programme:

  • Understanding and recognising the effects and causes of stress

  • Improving coping skills and stress management more effectively

  • Understanding what is meant by resilience and when we need to call on it

  • Assess and evaluate resilience - completion and feedback on Resilience Assessment  Q

  • Approaches and techniques to resilience including practical exercises

  • Understanding who we are – building self-awareness

  • Building and demonstrating your personal self‐confidence

  • Understanding your talents, skills, knowledge, experience and personality

  • Understanding how we evaluate events and form an attitude towards them

  • Identifying potential adverse events - threats to wellbeing and performance -

  • Clarifying personal vision and goals

  • Developing the capacity to solve problems and rise to challenges

  • Developing organisational skills so you can succeed when chaos is all about you

  • Building great relationships with people who will help you succeed


  • Understanding resilience

  • Becoming more self-aware and knowing what drives you

  • Controlling your anxiety

  • Knowing what you want from life

  • Being organised in situations of chaos

  • Tackling problems

  • Controlling your interactions

  • Forming important and strong relationships


To book a place please email Peninsula Faculty Team. When emailing please confirm the event title and the date you are interested in attending, along with your GMC/GDC number.