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Psychological Body Armor™: Developing Personal and Professional Resilience

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It is generally accepted that in the wake of crises, traumas, even disasters, roughly two out of every three individuals seemingly are incapable of functioning effectively, at least temporarily; however, a unique minority of individuals appear capable of quickly adjusting. This minority possesses some form of “immunity” to things that greatly distress others, or at least it so appears. In some instances, it seems as if this unique minority even grows stronger from the stressful experience. Similar to warriors putting on physical body armor for protection against physical injury, the concept known as “psychological body armor”™ (PBA™) depicts what this resilient minority uses for protection against, and rebounding from, the psychological distress that often accompanies adversity and crisis. The concept of PBA™ goes beyond the old notion of reactive stress management and employs the very latest research on human resilience. Its perspective not only helps individuals “bounce back” from adversity and crisis, but also helps them develop a greater degree of protective “immunity” in the face of adversity and crisis. The principles of PBA™ stem from the integration of research in neuro-imaging, the construction of statistical models, and interviews with elite law enforcement, military personnel (including U.S. Navy SEALs), and members of “The Greatest Generation.” These elite groups were surveyed and interviewed for identifying factors of resilience by uncovering the secrets of managing stress and developing resiliency. This course provides participants with critical tools for managing stress and adversity. It goes beyond the notion of reactive stress management and employs the latest research on human resilience. The course uses social learning research along with other unique research for exploring the factors that convey protective resilience and foster rebound from adversity, with participants identifying these factors and learning methods for personally developing them. The course provides participants with recommendations of methods for helping others effectively adapt to, or rebound from, adversity. Finally, participants learn how PBA™ and effective resiliency becomes a competitive advantage.

Why You Should Take This Course

Upon completing this course, participants will be able to:

  • View crisis and adversity as an opportunity for experiencing personal and growth
  • Identify the seven characteristics of highly resilient people
  • Apply the four methods that can build PBA™
  • Utilize the neuroscience of optimistic thinking
  • Apply the power of the self-fulfilling prophecy
  • Identify the single most important predictor of human resilience
  • Describe the three most important biological factors that can enhance resiliency
  • Understand how resiliency becomes a competitive advantage
Is there a discount available for current students?

UMBC students and alumni, as well as students who have previously taken a public training course with UMBC Training Centers are eligible for a 10% discount, capped at $250. Please provide a copy of your UMBC student ID or an unofficial transcript or the name of the UMBC Training Centers course you have completed. Asynchronous courses are excluded from this offer.

What is the cancellation and refund policy?

Student will receive a refund of paid registration fees only if UMBC Training Centers receives a notice of cancellation at least 10 business days prior to the class start date for classes or the exam date for exams.

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