Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Becoming a Resilient Person - The Science of Stress Management : Sign up today course begins May 6th!

The world of MOOCs provides us all with an opportunity to develop skills that carry over into our everyday lives. EdX is offering a MOOC on "Becoming a Resilient Person".  At the end of the course Students will walk away from this course being able to: explain how chronic stress can produce a wear and tear on one’s mind, body, and behavior, describe how resilience is ordinary magic and can be learned, and practice and use a variety of resilience skills that help manage stress and promote overall social-emotional wellbeing.  

I have signed up for the course and I hope you consider signing up today as well!

If you would like to form a study group for the class please contact me, Julie Zaruba Fountaine ,

This course gives you the permission to take care of yourself by learning the skills to manage stress and optimize wellbeing.
About this Course
  • purposely strives to be as mentally and psychically healthy as possible,
  • possesses the confidence to effectively cope with and manage stressful situations,
  • is compassionate towards self and others,
  • demonstrates grit or perseverance even in the face of adversity, and
  • focuses on the positive and fulfilling aspects of life.
  • Describe why ‘functioning from the inside out’ is critical to becoming a resilient, effective person
  • Explain the benefits of resilience and how the specific skills translate into optimizing social-emotional wellbeing and doing what matters most in life
  • Directly practice a variety of resilience skills in different aspects of your life, including but not limited to:
  • Mindfulness practices
  • Strategies to manage intense emotions
  • Activities that induce positive emotions
  • Clarifying important personal values (that is, what matters most) and committing to behaving consistent with them
  • Making health lifestyle choices that are cheap and readily available, yet promote well-being
  • Describe why ‘practicing’ and integrating resilience skills into one’s life is critical to making them a habit and becoming a resilient person
  • Develop a resilience plan that serves as a roadmap for your future
Simply Audit this Course
Course Staff
Clayton Cook
Why should students take this course?To register go to:
This course is being offered in an experimental format. Students are welcome to audit the course, and participate in all course activities. Certificates will not be issued.
By the end of this course, you will have learned about the knowledge and skills that you can apply in your life now and in the future to be a resilient person.
Course goal:
The goal for this course is to give you permission to take care of yourself and empower you to be a resilient person. A resilient person is someone who:
Course supporting objectives: When you complete this course, you will be able to:
Audit this course for free and have complete access to all of the course material, tests, and the online discussion forum. You decide what and how much you want to do.
  • Clayton R. Cook
    Dr. Clay Cook is an Assistant Professor in the College of Education at the University of Washington. He is a former educator and a licensed psychologist. He has published numerous articles and books on promoting the social, emotional, and behavioral wellbeing of young people, with recent research focusing on resilience and optimizing overall life satisfaction. Beyond the university, he serves across the country as an educational consultant on models of school-based mental health, with a focus of promoting mental health in both youth and the adults who serve them.

Most people have never had the opportunity to learn how to effectively manage stress, clarify their values and do what matters most in life, and engage in intentional practices that contribute to social-emotional wellbeing. As a result, students should take this course to develop the personal resilience to survive in the face of adversity and ultimately thrive in life.