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IAFPD Primary Certificate in Developing Psychological Resilience: A Coaching Perspective

The Primary Certificate in Developing Psychological Resilience: A Coaching Perspective is run in association with the Centre for Coaching and is a British Psychological Society Learning Centre Approved programme. It is also recognised by the International Society for Coaching Psychology. It will be of interest to practitioners from coaching, coaching psychology, positive psychology, complementary practitioners, and allied fields interested in learning more about resilience and how to assist their coachees and clients in enhancing resilience. This workshop will also provide skills practice for practitioners who want to integrate Cognitive Behavioural theory and techniques within their practice. 


This intensive two-day programme based workshop covers the theory and practice of developing psychological resilience. Learners will have the opportunity to practise skills and techniques in small group work. Topics include essential characteristics of a resilient personality, the three C’s of Hardiness, managing hardship, steering through daily difficulties, bouncing back from adversity, reaching out to new opportunities, developing resilience, building strengths rather than repairing weaknesses, distinguishing between Resilience Undermining Thoughts and Resilience Enhancing Thoughts. Models and frameworks from the cognitive behavioral approach and positive psychology such as ABCDEF and INSIGHT are included. Handouts and a manual are provided. For the purposes of skills training, learners should be prepared to discuss one problem in small group work. Suitable for coaches, managers, personnel staff, trainers and counsellors. Normal rules of confidentiality apply.

To become knowledgeable about the concept of psychological resilience and how such an outlook can be developed and strengthened.


  • Examine some of the characteristics and strengths associated with resilience

  • Consider some of the myths of resilience

  • Identify some of the ideas that undermine resilience building

  • Discuss the views of various writers on resilience

  • Pinpoint areas where a poor coping response prevails

  • Understand the cognitive behavioural coaching approach and its application to enhancing resilience related cognitions (Resilience Undermining Thoughts and Resilience Enhancing Thoughts), behaviours and emotion

  • Gain knowledge of the positive psychology INSIGHT framework


A CPD certificate is provided for all attendees. Learners wishing to obtain a Certificate of Achievement need to submit a 750 word Post Programme Review. 


The trainers are Dr Siobhain O’Riordan PhD CPsychol FISCP and/or Professor Stephen Palmer PhD CPsychol FISCP. Both are Chartered Coaching Psychologists, and are ISCP Accredited Coaching Psychologists. They both edit professional and academic coaching psychology journals.




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