Resilience Practitioner Toolkit with Chris Johnstone

Dr Chris Johnstone

Resilience coaching and training interventions have been shown to reduce anxiety, depression, and stress-related harm, while also helping improve performance. This session offers practical a framework for mapping resilience factors and reviewing resilience tools, showing how we can apply this in supporting our own resilience as well as that of those we work with.

Drawing on narrative perspectives, health psychology and advances in neuroscience, we will explore how coaching conversations can help our clients develop their resilience toolkit and skills, paying particular attention to choices, perspectives and practices that help improve outcomes when facing difficult situations. 

About Chris Johnstone

Dr Chris Johnstone is one of the UK’s leading resilience trainers and has been teaching resilience skills for over thirty years. After a first degree specializing in psychology, he graduated in medicine with distinction in 1986, trained as a GP and then worked in the mental health field, where for many years he ran a group-based programme teaching resilience skills.

Since then, he has pioneered the role of resilience training in mental health promotion, coaching practice and the workplace. His books include Seven Ways to Build Resilience (Robinson, 2019) and Active Hope (co-authored with Joanna Macy, New World Library, 2012). He lives in the north of Scotland where he teaches resilience and wellbeing skills online at

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