Stress and Resilience Workshop 2019
Modern life challenges our ability to cope, thrive and flourish, and as a result stress has become a pressing concern for many people. Recent evidence shows that a substantial proportion of university students experience particularly high levels of stress.
This lively weekend workshop used an engaging “hands-on” approach to focus on the nature, causes and effects of stress and to explore a broad range of coping skills and resilience-building strategies. Using practical workshops and mini-lectures, the course examined biological, psychological and social aspects of stress, and drew on the field of positive psychology as well as a number of traditional stress and resilience theories. Participants were shown how to develop a personal action plan for enhancing their resilience and broadening their skills for coping with both long-term stress and critical stressful incidents (using “psychological first aid”).
We recognise that many OU psychology students have a “day job” that involves supporting other people who are experiencing stress. The workshop therefore considered how participants can help both themselves and other people not only to survive stressful situations but also to thrive and flourish in their personal, academic and work contexts
We hope you'll enjoy these excerpts from the event.