The Resilience Project

The Resilience Project is a series of workshops aiming to equip UChicago students with the tools they need to resist discouragement and manage stress better so they can achieve their goals.  Led by Dr. Alex Lickerman, you will craft a personal mission statement, set goals, and learn how to make positivity a habit. This series of three 90-minute workshops per quarter is free to any interested student.

For the Fall, sessions will take Tuesday evenings on campus from 4:30-6:00pm on October 21st, October 28th, and November 4th. In subsequent quarters, we will meet the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Tuesdays of the quarter at the same time. **The 2014-15 program is currently not accepting new participants.**



Managing Expectations: Learn to form realistic expectations about goal difficulty by talking and gathering data from others. Use this data to develop an expectation that immunizes you against discouragement.

Willpower: Learn how the techniques of avoidance and distraction are superior to willpower for resisting temptation and how to use them effectively to achieve your goals.

Self-Explanatory Style: Learn your own style of explaining adverse events, and how the stories we tell ourselves affect resilience and opportunities for success.

Acceptance: Learn to accept unpleasant feelings associated with goals or experiences without becoming paralyzed or giving up.

Letting Go: Learn how to get past losses.

Gratitude:  Learn to be grateful for gifts and opportunities by making lists of gifts and imagining losing things you often take for granted.

Finding Your Mission: Develop a personal mission statement for your life and use it to stay strong, focused, and smart about decisions you make while moving toward your future.

Learn more about resilience in the links below:
"The Undefeated Mind" (Dr. Alex Lickerman's book)
Mayo Clinic 
Psychology Today

This free workshop series is being made possible through a research study being conducted by Dr. Alex Lickerman and Dr. Michael Quinn.