Integrating Academic and Co-Curricular Resilience Programs on Your Campus

Integrating Academic and Co-Curricular Resilience Programs on Your Campus


Build an initiative to foster resilience in your students and prepare them for academic success.


Attitudes are shifting around mental health and students are increasingly seeking out on-campus counseling services to mitigate academic and social pressures associated with college life. To ease the burden on counseling centers and help students cope with high intensity stressors, forward-thinking institutions are launching innovative, evidence-based, resilience-building initiatives to support students in acquiring the mental fortitude for success in all areas of collegial life. These resilience resources are more critical than ever as campuses learn to adapt and provide new outlets to students in light of the COVID-19 global pandemic.

Join us for a unique virtual and interactive learning experience to glean crucial considerations for successfully building and launching academic or co-curricular student resilience programs. During this two-day program, we will dive deep into the nuts and bolts of:

  • Important considerations for incorporating co-curricular resilience initiatives
  • Training and engaging faculty and staff
  • Resilience teaching strategies, including tried and tested course activities
  • Improving psychological and emotional resilience in your students
  • Assessing your current campus context and strategizing next steps

View our agenda outline for more details about the individual sessions.

Due to the interactive design of this conference, you will not only have the opportunity to gain rich knowledge and evidence-based research from our speaker panel but also have the chance to engage in activities and lesson plans used by our experts on their own campuses, in both academic and co-curricular spaces. Our speakers will provide you with the proper guidance, tools, and training resources you need to design and initiate a successful resiliency building program on your own campus.


Who Should Attend

This training will be highly valuable for:

  • Those interested in learning all about the benefits of resilience-centered programming models
  • Those who want to study and practice the steps of implementing resilience programs in their academic curriculum or in non-academic learning spaces

Directors of Counseling Centers, Health & Wellness Educators, Faculty, Academic Leaders, Student Affairs Leaders, and Athletic Directors are all strongly encouraged to attend.


Limited Attendance

In order to ensure a high-quality learning experience, we have intentionally designed this Virtual Conference to have a limited number of total attendees. To ensure access from both paying participants and also from those who have an All-Inclusive membership, when the membership cap is reached, only paying participants can register after that point (while spaces are still available). If you have questions about whether this program is right for you, please contact us.

As the coronavirus pandemic unfolds nationally, it is so important to keep connecting and networking with your peers - at a “social distance” - and to keep learning and developing as higher-ed leaders and professionals. Don’t let social distancing and quarantines prevent you from setting aside time for professional development. Everything is changing so fast; more than ever, we need to be pooling our resources and knowledge and finding the best ways to develop our capacity, connect and share with each other, and move forward during a challenging time.

*A limited number of FREE member spots are open for each virtual conference. Sign up today.

The Academic Impressions Virtual Conference Experience

Our virtual conferences go far beyond just replicating PowerPoint presentations online: these new programs are intentionally designed to give you the kind of robust and dynamic learning experience you’ve come to expect from Academic Impressions. As higher education strives to adapt rapidly to the shifting crisis, connecting with your peers who are experiencing similar challenges can be the best use of your professional development time.

What you will get:

  • A dynamic, interactive, and high-touch virtual learning experience designed to engage and set you up for growth
  • Seamless online face-time, networking, group work, and Q&A opportunities from the comfort of your own workspace
  • Practical takeaways and hands-on knowledge
  • Unlimited access to all recorded online sessions
  • Access to an online conference hub — one-stop shop for presentation materials, attendee introductions, worksheets, supplemental reading, videos, and other resources

See What Our Attendees are Saying

"At first, I was skeptical that a virtual conference was capable of being both engaging and informational - but Academic Impressions has mastered it! The 3-day online event was structured in a creative way that all participants had multiple opportunities to interact with each other and the presenters. No one's questions went unheard or unanswered. Thank you for this great experience, it has changed my view of virtual conferences and I look forward to attending more in the future."

- Desiree Ford, Digital Communications Manager, Binghamton University

“The virtual conference has been amazing. The presenters have all been great and the information they’ve provided is going to help us better use our social media. Even though this conference had to be virtualized due to COVID-19, the online format has been set up in a way that we can all collaborate and share ideas. I’m very eager to take what I’ve learned back to campus and start implementing new ideas.”

- Chris Forde, Coordinator of Marketing & Public Information, Lincoln Trail College


Day One | Monday, August 10, 2020 (Eastern Time)


Tech Check
11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.



Welcome & Introductions
12:00 – 12:15 p.m.



Framing Resilience in the Context of Student Mental Health
12:15 – 12:45 p.m.
In this opening session, you will better understand the definition of what resilience is and is not in the specific context of student mental health in higher education and adverse childhood experiences.

Share Out! In a flash round activity, you will have the opportunity to share a current resilience initiative that you’ve implemented or plan to implement on your campus.



Resilience Teaching Strategies for Faculty & Staff
12:45 – 1:30 p.m.
Through experiential learning, you will be introduced to resilience teaching strategies implemented at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. This hands-on, practical application to learning resilience strategies will help you develop a deeper awareness and appreciation for the course’s offerings.

Application! What is one new teaching strategy that you can now incorporate into your resilience program based on this model?



15-min Break
1:30 – 1:45 p.m.



Changing Minds, Changing Lives: Fostering Resilience in Students
1:45 – 2:30 p.m.
You will be introduced to U-Mass Amherst’s creation and evolution of their resilience course that was originally designed for elite student-athletes but has now expanded into academic disciplines, such as engineering, pre-medical, and management programs. Our faculty will highlight strategies that empowered their student participants to learn personal, social, and academic resilience.

Application! You’ll have the opportunity to track what personal, social, and academic resilience strategies you may want to incorporate into your program. You’ll get to immerse yourself in experiential learning activities from the viewpoint of students.



30-min Break
2:30 – 3:00 p.m.



The Resilient Learner: Building Student’s Psychological and Emotional Resiliency
3:00 – 3:45 p.m.
You will learn about Dr. Aubrey’s groundbreaking academic resiliency program as outlined in his new book, The Resilient Learner: Thriving and Succeeding in College, and how this six-point program prepares students psychologically and emotionally for the demands they will face in school and their personal lives.

Reflect & Share-Out! In a guided activity, you will discuss how you might incorporate these six points into your current academic or co-curricular programming model.



Q & A/ Virtual Reception
3:45 – 4:30 p.m.
This informal reception is your chance to decompress and expand your network of connections. Our programs are intentionally designed for smaller groups, so this is a great time to catch-up with attendees and speakers whom you may not have connected with yet.


Day Two | Tuesday, August 11, 2020 (Eastern Time)


Tech Check
11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.



Refresh and Reset
12:00 – 12:15 p.m.



The Resilient Learner: Building Mental Flexibility
12:15 – 1:00 p.m.
Dr. Aubrey will introduce one of the six-point resiliency skills called mental flexibility and discuss its role in building academic resilience. We will engage in interactive exercises that will help:

  • Shift your cognitive perception about the cause of stress (cognitive restructuring)
  • Build a stronger internal locus of control
  • Explain one possible root cause of self-sabotaging behaviors
  • Rewrite the brain toward success

Activity! You will identify your own strategy for incorporating some of these exercises in creating resilient experiences for your students.



15-Min Break
1:00 – 1:15 p.m.



Considerations for Incorporating Resilience Initiatives in Co-Curricular Programs
1:15 – 2:15 p.m.
You will learn what led our faculty from the University of Toronto to incorporate resilience initiatives in their co-curricular programs. You will be introduced to their programmatic resiliency framework, results from their resilience programs, integration plans for their website focused on resilience resources, and learning outcomes that help inform their assessment initiatives.

Practical Application! You’ll use a planning guide to begin collecting your ideas that would fit into this framework and to see how you might use this framework to design or refine your resilience programs.



30-min Break
2:15 – 2:45 p.m.



Engaging Faculty and Staff: The Design Institute
2:45 – 3:15 p.m.
Our faculty will provide an overview of the education and resources that they’ve incorporated into their “Design Institute” that serves as a comprehensive training program for faculty and staff.

Activity! You will identify your own strategy for incorporating some of these exercises in creating a resilience curriculum/training program for your own faculty and staff.



Developing Your Resilience Programs
3:15 – 3:45 p.m.
Activity & Share Out! In teams, you will have the opportunity to create a skeleton outline of your new or revised academic or co-curricular program for a specific student audience in mind. You will get to ask questions from our faculty and present your next steps to the larger group.



Final Q & A & Evaluation
3:45 – 4:00 p.m.


Thomas Aubrey

Thomas Aubrey

Director of Behavioral Health Sciences, Professor, Glendale Community College (GCC)

Dr. Thomas E. Rojo Aubrey, DBH-c, MSC, LAMFT, CMHFA, CCTP, CFTP, CFTPI, is the Director of Behavioral Health Sciences and Professor at Glendale Community College (GCC) in Glendale, Arizona. He is also an adjunct professor at Northern Arizona State University (NAU). Dr. Aubrey has a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy. He attained his doctorate in behavioral health (integrated behavioral medicine) from Arizona State University (ASU) and is currently working on a second doctorate in cognitive psychology.

Read Thomas's full bio here.


Rahul Bhat

Learning Strategist, The University of Toronto

Rahul leads a team of interdisciplinary professionals who support the learning of students with disabilities in the following areas: academic skills, resilience, self-advocacy, communication, and leadership. Rahul served as the Project Lead for the University of Toronto’s Resilience Project, aimed to build a resilience framework and curricula that would inform existing student life programming and staff training with the overall goal of fostering academic and psychological resilience among students.

Read Rahul's full bio here.


Genevieve “Ginny” Chandler

Professor, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Dr. Chandler’s passion is understanding how to build resilience to interrupt the effect Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) have on health risk behaviors, hard-to-treat symptoms, and chronic disease conditions. Her resilience model is the framework for strength-based interventions to develop the capacity to bounce back from stress to promote young adult health and wellbeing.

Read Ginny's full bio here.


Jim Helling, LICSW

Senior Clinical Social Worker & Instructor, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

In addition to his current role, Jim maintains a private psychotherapy and consultation practice specializing in psychological trauma, dissociative disorders, and performance optimization. He has a background in public health approaches to psychological and behavioral health promotion and has focused on developing more inclusive and culturally-attuned approaches to college mental health.

Read Jim's full bio here.

Chad Jankowski

Chad Jankowski

Health Promoter, University of Toronto

Chad has 10 years of experience in developing, delivering, and evaluating health-promoting initiatives that support success.  His work has included consulting with campus partners on the development of health-enhancing solutions, co-creating an institution-wide online mental health training resource, and overseeing the creation and development of the health education and promotion programs at the institution’s western campus.

Read Chad's full bio here.

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