Resiliency in the Helping Professions

New Resiliency in the Helping Professions - Certificate of Graduate Study (CGS) and Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS)

Resiliency is an adaptive mechanism people employ when faced with stress, challenges, crises, adversity, trauma and threats to development. Resiliency is that ability to “bounce back” with increased understanding, insight, self-efficacy and strength. Social Science research has concluded that resiliency can be cultivated; in helping professionals and with the clients, patients, consumers and students with whom helping professionals work. Resiliency development is an extensively studied approach grounded in the tenets of positive psychology and strengths-based frameworks.

Course work in this 6 course, 18 credit program will focus on resiliency cultivation strategies for helping professionals and their clients, students, patients and consumers. Emotional regulation, realistic optimism, self-compassion, mindfulness, empathy and self-efficacy are some of the areas that will be studied. Emotionally intelligent leadership will be a focus as many effective helping professionals advance to leadership and supervisory roles. The Resiliency in the Helping Professions C.G.S. and C.A.G.S. is grounded in evidence-based approaches that are valuable for career longevity and the professionals’ investment in the “self”.

In addition, the Resiliency curriculum will assist helping professionals to teach these valuable strategies to their clients, patients, students and/or consumers. The Resiliency in the Helping Professions C.G.S. and C.A.G.S. has broad professional applicability and is targeted to increase professional effectiveness for professionals such as, Rehabilitation Counselors, School Counselors, Educators, Social Workers, Mental Health Counselors, and health and wellness advocates.

Applicants only need to provide 2 letters of recommendation. Letters of recommendation are waived for Assumption College alumni.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. 

Required Courses: 

RES 800:  The Theoretical Foundations of Resiliency Building Interventions (3credits)
RES 810: Mindfulness-Based Interventions (3credits)
RES 820: The Practice of Self Compassion in Resiliency (3credits)
RES 830: Positive Psychology: A Strengths-Based Approach to Resiliency (3credits)
RES 840: Building Resilience after Traumatic Experiences (3credits)
RES 850: Resonant Leadership and Supervision (3credits)


B.A. or B.S. (with a 3.0 overall GPA) for admission in the Resiliency in the Helping Professions: Certificate of Graduate Study
M.A. or M.S. for admission in Resiliency in the Helping Professions: Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study

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For more information, please contact Lea Christo, LICSW at or 508-767-7503.