Positive Psychology: Resilience Skills is a free online psychology course offered by the University of Pennsylvania, a prestigious Ivy League university in the United States. The course teaches students how to become more resilient by using specific techniques during stressful situations in their personal and professional lives. Broken down into four video modules, the class lasts for four weeks. Although the course is an introductory class with no specific prerequisites, it is strongly recommended that students read the following books before enrolling to ensure success: Positive Psychology: Martin E. P. Seligman’s Visionary Science; Positive Psychology: Applications and Interventions; and Positive Psychology: Character, Grit & Research Methods.
Professional Resilience: Building Skills to Thrive is a free online self-improvement course offered by Deakin University in Australia. Anyone who finds themselves in stressful situations in their academic, personal or professional lives can benefit greatly from the material covered in the course. During the two-week class, students will learn techniques and self-care practices that can alleviate stress and improve overall resiliency. Students should expect to spend two hours watching the included video lectures each week. Supplemental readings and exercises are assigned to help students fully master the topics covered in the video lectures.
Resilience in Children Exposed to Trauma, Disaster and War: Global Perspectives is a free online sociology course offered by the University of Minnesota in the United States. The course qualifies for 10 hours of continuing education credit for teachers and psychologists with the payment of a $99 fee to the College of Education and Human Development at the university. During the six-week class, students will complete the following video lecture modules: Origins and Landmark Studies in the Science of Resilience in Children; Methods and Models of Research on Resilience; Effects on Children of Natural and Technological Disasters; Resilience in Children Exposed to War and Political Violence; Roles of Families, Schools, Culture and Community in Promoting Resilience of Children; and A Resilience Framework for Action, Enduring Controversies, and New Horizons in the Study of Resilience.
Sustainability, Resilience, and Society is a free online sustainability course offered by the University of Washington in the United States. The class is an abbreviated version of a three-credit course offered by the university through their Integrated Social Science bachelor’s completion degree program. During the five-week course, students will learn what sustainability is and how each of them contributes to it. The class also discusses environmental resiliency and how it can be used to improve environmental conditions around the world. To succeed in the class, students will need to commit to two to three hours of study time per week.
Mindfulness and Resilience to Stress at Work is a free nutrition and wellness course offered by the University of California, Berkeley in the United States. Anyone whose job brings them regular stress can benefit from this introductory course. The class is entirely self-paced, allowing students to begin the coursework at any time and move through the video modules at their own pace. To fully master the course material, students are encouraged to complete one of the four video modules each week. Through the course, students will learn about mindfulness and how it can be used to alleviate workplace stress.
How to Survive Your PhD is a free online self-improvement course offered by Australian National University in Australia. The purpose of the class is to help current and prospective graduate students alleviate stress, stay focused and successfully complete their doctoral level studies in any field. During this self-paced class, students will complete the following video lecture modules: Setting the scene; A quick history of the doctorate; Confidence; Frustration; Loneliness; Fear; Curiosity; Confusion; Boredom; and Love. Although students can complete the coursework as quickly or slowly as they desire, the instructor recommends completing one module per week over a four-week period.
Becoming a Resilient Person – The Science of Stress Management is a free online nutrition and wellness course offered by the University of Washington in the United States. Through the course, students will learn how to promote their own physical and mental health by better managing stressful situations. The class also encourages compassion towards others and perseverance in the face of adversity. Self-paced, the class is available for enrollment at any time. It is generally recommended that students spend two to three hours per week completing one video module, allowing the course to be completed in a total of eight weeks.
Girls’ Education: Teaching Strategies That Develop Confidence, Resilience and Collaboration is a fee online education and teaching course offered by the Girls’ Day School Trust in the United Kingdom. Educators, parents, school administrators and anyone else who works with adolescent girls on a regular basis can benefit from the material covered in this course. During the four-week class, students will learn what factors in and out of the classroom affect girls’ academic performance. The class also teaches students how to help female students reach their full potential. To succeed in the class, students will need to spend three hours per week watching the video lectures and completing the supplemental assignments.
Psychological First Aid is a free online psychology course offered by Johns Hopkins University in the United States. The course teaches students the RAPID model for helping individuals begin to deal with serious trauma and can be beneficial for caregivers, medical professionals, social workers, psychologists and educators. During the five-week course, students will learn about the five phases of the RAPID model, which include Reflective listening, Assessment of needs, Prioritization, Intervention, and Disposition. Students will also learn self-care techniques that ensure resiliency when working with traumatized individuals. Roughly one to three hours of weekly study time is necessary to succeed in the course.