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The Center of Excellence in Foreign Affairs Resilience (CEFAR) provides resilience training, education, and support for U.S. Government foreign affairs agencies. Resilience is the ability to adapt and manage change effectively, be creative in the midst of change, and foster individual, family, community, and workplace team resilience in healthy productive ways.

CEFAR aspires to create a foreign affairs culture where resilience is modeled by senior leaders, mid-level managers, and all members of the workforce, regardless of hiring mechanism. Diplomacy in the 21st century demands effective, creative, and innovative foreign policy solutions. America needs an engaged, flexible, and durable work force to safeguard our national interests. Resilience, the ability to adapt in the face of adversity, is the key. Within the next ten years, a supportive inspired and nimble work force will formulate and implement more creative and effective diplomatic solutions. 

Through resilience training, the foreign affairs community can learn more about building personal residence, resilience leadership, pre-deployment preparation for high stress assignments, and encouraging resilience in their children.

Resilience Boosting Webinars 2.0
The Center of Excellence in Foreign Affairs Resilience (CEFAR) is pleased to announce its second round of ten-week resilience webinar series, Resilience for Transition and Transformation. The 60-minute sessions are open to the entire foreign affairs community. They explore timely topics for these uncertain and stressful times and feature collaboration, resources and experts from the many Department of State offices that support workforce resilience. CEFAR offers these free sessions twice per week at different times to accommodate as many time zones as possible. Click here to watch the recorded webinars. All recordings from the Resilience Boosting Webinars Series 1.0 are also available on the same web page.

For more information, contact CEFAR at

Week 1: Strengthening Parent Resilience for the Virtual School Year
September 23, 2020 – 4:00 PM ET
September 24, 2020 – 9:00 AM ET

Week 2: Resources for a Resilient Workforce 
September 30, 2020 – 4:00 PM ET
October 1, 2020 – 9:00 AM ET

Week 3: The Biology and Chemistry of Personal Resilience 
October 7, 2020 – 4:00 PM ET
October 8, 2020 – 9:00 AM ET

Week 4: Resilience for Champions of Change
October 14, 2020 – 4:00 PM ET
October 15, 2020 – 9:00 AM ET

Week 5: Managing Uncertainty Fatigue 
October 21, 2020 – 4:00 PM ET
October 22, 2020 – 9:00 AM ET

Week 6: Building Virtual Team Resilience 
October 28, 2020 – 4:00 PM ET
October 29, 2020 – 9:00 AM ET

Week 7: Resilience in Times of Stress and Uncertainty 2.0 
November 4, 2020 – 4:00 PM ET
November 5, 2020 – 9:00 AM ET

Week 8: Resilience for Champions of Change: Women in Leadership 
November 12, 2020 – 4:00 PM ET
November 13, 2020 – 9:00 AM ET

Week 9: Rest and Recovery for Resilience 
November 18, 2020 – 4:00 PM ET
November 19, 2020 – 9:00 AM ET

Week 10: Ask the Resilience Experts 
December 2, 2020 – 4:00 PM ET
December 3, 2020 – 9:00 AM ET


  • Encouraging Resilience in your Foreign Affairs Child (MQ500) – Email
  • Building Your Resilience in the Foreign Service (MQ502) – Email
  • Resilience Leadership (MQ503) – Email
  • Resilience Preparation for High Stress Assignments (MQ940) – Email
  • High Stress Assignment Outbrief (MQ950) – Course Details
  • Video recordings of Resilience Boosting Webinars
  • Check for other upcoming webinars

Articles of interest

U.S. Department of State

The Lessons of 1989: Freedom and Our Future