Resilience Strategies for Success Overseas (MQ502)
This foundational course is designed to proactively meet the needs of foreign affairs community members, including employees, family members, and members of household, for foreign affairs community resilience training. This one-day workshop takes a practical approach and explores the need for resiliency, the meanings and definitions of the term, develops strategies to increase resilience to thrive in an internationally mobile lifestyle.
"I think this subject is very important to our line of work in Consular Affairs. I liked how the workshop included the video panel which included three psychologists (social, biological, and clinical) and one Buddhist monk. This was very interesting and put things into perspective for me."
"It was a good mix of practical ideas and the philosophy behind them. I really like the activities that got us to make our own plans or contribute individual ideas because different things work for different people."
Course Dates and Times
4 November 2016 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
25 May 2017 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
15 August 2017 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
This is a tuition-based course.
Tuition for non-State participants: $195
Virtual Resource Table
The following links and documents represent materials made available at the resource table during the class.
Department of State Employee and Family Services
Learn More About Resilience
- Bouncing Back: Staying Resilient Through the Challenges of Life
- How We Bounce Back: The New Science of Human Resilience (World Science Festival Panel)
- Shawn Achor: The Happy Secret to Better Work (TED Talk)
- Overseas Crisis Readiness
- Raising Resilient Children in the Foreign Service
- All About Resilience (Psychology Today)
- Resilience: Build Skills to Endure Hardship
- Promoting Resilience: Department Programs Help FS Staff Bounce Back (State Magazine)
Personal Resilience Activities for Your Daily Routine
High Stress Assignments
- High Stress Assignment Outbrief Program
- Unaccompanied Tours (Family Liaison Office)
- Speaking Out: Outbrief Participants Give Program Ringing Endorsement
- Helping Those Who Serve in Some of Our Most Challenging Posts
- Transition Center Aids Iraq, Afghanistan Returnees
- Depression, Resilience, and Overseas Life Dr. Samuel B. Thielman
- Thriving Overseas Foreign Service Journal, Douglas E. Morris.
- The Search for Meaningful Overseas Work: The University Foreign Service Journal, Douglas E. Morris.
- The Spirituality of Living Abroad Foreign Service Journal, Douglas E. Morris.
- Bryson, Debra and Hoge, Charise. A Portable Identity: A Woman's Guide to Maintaining a Sense of Self While Moving Overseas. Transition Press International, 2005.
- Seligman, Martin. Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-Being. Atria Books, 2012.
- Seligman, Martin. The Optimistic Child: A Proven Program to Safeguard Children Against Depression and Build Lifelong Resilience. Mariner Books, 2007.
- The Love Letter Every International Couple Needs to Read By Sundae Schneider- Bean.