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FSI training status update:  FSI will be in contact with students enrolled in upcoming training to provide specific details. Please visit this link to view courses that are being offered virtually.


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.

Spring 2021 Resilience Webinar Series

Join CEFAR as we welcome resilience experts, practitioners and leaders from academia, the Department of State and across the foreign affairs community for our next resilience boosting webinar series. A Light at the End of the Tunnel: Resilience in Times of Hopes and Uncertainty is a five-week free series, open to all members of the U.S. foreign community. Send email for registration details. The new series builds on our three previous series offerings that attracted more than 12,000 participants during the first year of the pandemic. Reflecting this time of hope and uncertainty, this series provides timely explorations of the research-based, resilience habits that can keep you strong and help build caring, supportive, and productive teams.

Week 2: Self-Compassion — The New Superpower 
Wednesday, May 5, 2021, 4pm ET / Thursday, May 6, 2021, 9am ET

Week 3: Stronger Than We Knew: Lessons Learned from the Pandemic 
Wednesday, May 12, 2021, 4pm ET / Thursday, May 13, 2021, 9am ET

Week 4: Trust and Team Resilience 
Thursday, May 20, 2021, 4pm ET / Friday, May 21, 2021, 9am ET

Week 5: Team Resilience in the Next Normal 
Wednesday, May 26, 4pm ET / Thursday, May 27, 9am ET

Resilience Webinar Series for Singles

The four-week Living Single in the Foreign Affairs Community series examined the unique challenges singles face in the foreign affairs community.  The webinars introduced resilient mindsets for singles, outlined foreign affairs realities and lessons learned, shared Department resources for singles, and explored opportunities for the Department to engage with single employees.  Not tailored solely for the traditionally single employees, the series also included single parents, those who are geographically single, and managers and supervisors.

Resilience Boosting Webinars (Series I and II)

View recorded webinars on the FSI Internet website.

Nineteen webinars covered topics in resilience concepts, strategies, and tools to help manage stress and uncertainty, brain fitness, family and personal resilience, resilience through transition, resilience leaderships, resilience for couples, fostering resilience in children, available resources, and featured experts from the many Department of State offices that support workforce resilience.


  • 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

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