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Resilience Training for Faculty & Staff

ThriveRU sessions and events support staff and faculty in cultivating resilience in their students, as well as in their own lives. At the heart of ThriveRU is the understanding that while 50% of our happiness is genetic, and 10% is at the hands of life circumstances, 40% is up to us. In other words, by shifting what we do and think, we can uplift our happiness set point. And a crucial component of our happiness is our ability to bounce back in the face of life’s hurdles and setbacks. Through ThriveRU’s various offerings, including guest lectures, single workshops, and multi-session training sessions, faculty and staff can learn--for themselves and for their students--how mindfulness, gratitude, optimism, self-compassion, and grit combine to build resilience.

ThriveRU Lectures and Training Topics include:

  • Introduction to Resilience
  • Giving Feedback in Service of Resilience
  • Playing to your Strengths
  • Week by week facilitated Cultivate your Happiness Workbook exercises
  • Developing a Flourishing Relationship with your Thesis Supervisor
  • Four session Resilience Training
  • more by request!

Contact Dr. Diana Brecher for more information about how to arrange for her to design a lecture for your class. Stand-alone workshops specifically for staff are also available.

Refer a Student

Thriving in Action is a semester-long, non-credit program for students in their second undergraduate year through graduate pursuits who self-identify as ‘not doing very well.’ Our unique program blends Positive Psychology essentials like grit, gratitude, and mindfulness, along with progressive learning strategies to hone time management, note-taking, studying, and essay-writing skills. If you’d like to refer a student to the program, contact


Register for all 4 sessions (staff and faculty)

  1. Gratitude 
  2. Optimism 
  3. Self-compassion 
  4. Grit

You can also request the 4 Session Resilience Training for your department directly, by contacting Diana Brecher at

Register for Writing for Wellness through Ryerson Human Resources, Workshops for Employees

Writing for Wellness is a series of four sessions that invites participants to discover their capacity for reflection and insight.  All sessions are open, attendance at prior sessions is not required. Each session integrates elements of positive psychology, phenomenology of writing, mindfulness, self-compassion, optimism, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and holistic development in order to demonstrate specific ways to replace stress with resilience. Co-facilitated by Diana Brecher and Natalya Androsova.

If you’re a staff or faculty member working with a student and are concerned about their academic performance, dwindling attendance, or disengagement, see “Thriving in Action” above (Resilience Training for Students) to learn about a program you can refer students to.