The SAHMRI Wellbeing and Resilience Centre has partnered with TechWerks to offer resilience training in South Australia to deliver skills in PERMA+, which serve as the building blocks for wellbeing. 

Resilience - or the ability to withstand, recover, and grow in the face of stressors and changing demands - is not one specific skill; it is a set of resources and skills that promotes effective problem-solving, adaptability, positive coping, self-regulation, and social support. 

The TechWerks Resilience Skills program is practical, backed by science, and designed to provide concrete skills that participants can begin using immediately.


TechWerks Director of Health Strategy, Brigadier General (ret.) Rhonda Cornum previously served as Director of the U.S. Army’s Comprehensive Soldier Fitness initiative, one of the world’s largest resilience training programs, which delivered resilience training to 1.1 million active duty U.S. Soldiers. Evaluation of the program indicated that those who trained in resilience skills were less likely to have depression, anxiety, PTSD and substance abuse problems and more likely to experience increased optimism, greater adaptability and more positive coping skills, which speaks to the efficacy of this approach.

TechWerks have partnered with academics from leading research institutions to develop their precision skills approach to resilience training, based on the model led by Brigadier General (ret.) Rhonda Cornum. 


The SAHMRI Wellbeing and Resilience Centre and TechWerks currently offer two training model options:

2-Day Resilience Skills Training

This course equips participants with a toolkit of practical resilience skills that are evidence based and designed to provide concrete skills they can begin to use immediately. Based around PERMA+ principles, the SAHMRI TechWerks 2-Day Resilience Skills Training is designed for individuals interested in developing new skills and knowledge in personal wellbeing and resilience or to strengthen existing skills.

Training is intended for individual personal development only and, due to strict licensing arrangements with TechWerks, the training material (or derivatives thereof) is not to be used to train the skills to other people or used for commercial purposes.

5-Day Resilience Skills Train-the-Trainer

Our 5-Day Resilience Skills Train-the-Trainer Course is available exclusively to project partners of the Wellbeing and Resilience Centre. Our partners are those who invest in a project with the Centre to systematically measure, build and embed wellbeing and resilience within their organisation, school or community.

The 5-Day course is intended to build local capacity to deliver skills in PERMA+ within organisations, groups and schools in South Australia, and includes three days of resilience skills training and two days of teach-backs. Participants will be trained in the TechWerks Resilience Skills, which includes interactive activities that have an emphasis on skills transmission, and will then actively deliver the skills back to their peers in small supervised tutorial groups.  

Participants who successfully complete the 5-Day Train-the-Trainer model are equipped to deliver the TechWerks resilience skills within their organisation or group and are licenced to use the supporting TechWerks training material to do so.

The TechWerks Resilience Skills promote the development of positive mental health and social connection, and the course is not designed as a therapeutic intervention.

Course Modules Include:

  • Introduction to Resilience: the goal of the module is to provide an overview of the skills, and the science related to building resilience, highlighting how people can grow and thrive in the face of adversity. 

  • Resilient Thinking: this module focuses on cognitive skills that help participants develop positive coping skills and deal with anxiety and stress.  Skills are based on positive psychology and social cognitive learning theory and are designed to help participants recognise that their beliefs about events can affect how they react and respond. The skills focus on strategies to evaluate the accuracy of beliefs and how those beliefs are linked to their emotional and physical reactions. Skills will include realistic optimism, cultivating gratitude, and developing realistic appraisals of the source of problems. 

  • Purpose and Meaning Making: in this module participants will learn how their values can help them accomplish goals and find a sense of meaning by capitalising on strengths in times of adversity. This unit will also focus on teaching various forms of mindfulness, which is a way to maintain connection to core values. 

  • Social Connections: Building social relationships is critical for resilience. In this module, participants learn skills related to reflective and active listening, navigating interpersonal conflict, and how to provide social support.  

  • Training Resilience Skills (5-Day course only): participants will have an opportunity to learn how to deliver the resilience skills learned during the first three days, to enable them to train the content within their organisation. 

resilience skills

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