AC Webinar Series - Seven Ways to Coach Resilience
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AC Webinar Series - Seven Ways to Coach Resilience

15/10/2019 to 05/11/2019
When: Tuesdays, 15th, 22nd, 29th October and 5th November 2019
8.00 EST / 13.00 BST / 14.00 CET / 20.00 SGT / 22.00 AEST
Presenter: Dr. Chris Johnstone, Resilience Specialist,
Contact: Smaranda Dochia, Director of Digital Learning & Events

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Dr. Chris Johnstone, Resilience Specialist,


A series of 4 online seminars: 60-minute interactive webinars.
Recordings, slides and other resources will be available to all registered.


15th Oct     Drawing out stories of resilience 
22nd Oct    Strengthening heart and mind
29th Oct     Crisis drill for red-zone states
5th Nov      Nourishing rootedness and stickability  

Course Rate

Members: £85 + VAT
Non-Members including 1 year AC Associate membership: £135 + VAT**

** This offer applies only to those who wish to become AC members. 
It cannot be used towards the renewal of current AC membership.

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Seven Ways to Coach Resilience

Resilience coaching and training interventions have been shown to reduce anxiety, depression, and stress-related harm, while also helping improve performance.

Drawing on the framework mapped out in Chris Johnstone's latest book “Seven Ways to Build Resilience”, this webinar series focuses on evidence-informed pathways to coaching our clients through times of challenge and duress.

Applying Positive Psychology, narrative perspectives, and advances in neuroscience, we will explore how coaching conversations can help our clients develop their resilience toolkit and skills, paying particular attention to choice-points, perspectives, and practices that help improve outcomes when facing difficult situations.    

In this webinar series you will learn:

  • how to apply a seven-pathway framework that makes it easier for you and your clients to identify factors that help resilience grow
  • a range of evidence-based resilience practices we can use ourselves and also pass on to our clients
  • ways to integrate resilience insights, interventions, and practices into our coaching conversations

 We will also consider key learning points such as... 

  • the evidence base supporting resilience interventions and practices
  • how generic resilience tools can be adapted to a range of contexts and issues 
  • ways of making post-traumatic growth and pre-traumatic growth more likely


Topics and schedule for the webinar series

**Live webinars will take place at: 13:00pm BST on the above mentioned dates.

Webinar 1: Drawing out stories of resilience
The first of the seven ways we explore is storyboarding: this session explores how a narrative framework can help us draw out key elements in the story of how resilience goes. We look at ways coaching conversations can help clients develop their personal resilience toolkit of Self-Help SSRIs (Strategies, Strengths, Resources, and Insights). Foundational practices, such as the six-part SHIFTS storyboarding process, are introduced. We also look at key research studies and reviews showing resilience interventions to be effective.

Webinar 2: Strengthening heart and mind
While the second way focuses on ways to strengthen the heart, the third gives attention to what happens in our minds and the learnable skill of flexible thinking. To strengthen the heart, emotional first-aid practices are introduced that we can teach our clients, apply ourselves or use in coaching sessions. To cultivate flexibility in thinking, we draw upon cognitive tools taught in the world-leading Penn Resilience Program. 

Webinar 3: Crisis drill for red-zone states
The red zone of challenge refers to situations we find overwhelming, with levels of pressure or threat beyond what we can normally cope with. This can include VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex and/or ambiguous) realities, extremes of overload or intense life challenges such as serious illness or the death of someone close. Building on the principle of disaster preparedness that is familiar in fire drills, a crisis drill involves thinking in advance about how to best respond to areas of risk that concern us or our clients. We draw here on the fourth way of overload management and fifth way of problem solving, looking at tools and insights that also help when facing problems we might not be able to solve. 

Webinar 4: Nourishing rootedness and stickability
The sixth way is about strengthening support; this final webinar looks at how we help our clients grow their rootedness in nourishing relationships and energising purpose. We also look at how to cultivate contexts that support wellbeing, strengthening resilience not only in individuals but also in teams, organisations, and communities. Lastly, the seventh way explores how to make the gains of resilience practice last longer - both in embedding habits that support resilience and in increasing the stickability of useful learning from this webinar series. 

Recordings and slides will be made available for all registered participants.


Speaker Bio

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.


Influenced much by Positive Psychology, he trained with Martin Seligman in 2005. Since then he has pioneered the role of resilience training in mental health promotion, coaching practice and the workplace.


Chris’ 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


Price and special offers

As with all AC continuous professional development events, the fees are offered at a very good value, with an extra special price for AC members.

AC member: Your investment for the entire series is only £85 + VAT.

Non AC member: Pay £135 + VAT and you get access to the full series and ONE YEAR Associate Membership with the Association for Coaching immediately. 

For this price you get:

  • 4 x 60-minute interactive virtual seminar with Dr. Chris Johnstone;
  • References and resources to explore the concepts and apply your learning:
  • Recordings of all webinars and a copy of the slides for your own library;
  • A Continuous Professional Development (CPD) Certificate at the end of the series;
  • One-year Associate Membership with the Association for Coaching (if you are not already a member)

For any questions, please contact Smaranda Dochia, Director of Digital Learning & Events at

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