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Personal Development Management System

Resilience in the face of change - part 2

Audience: Academic staff, Professional staff, Research staff, Research supervisors

Date: Thursday 4 March 2021

Times: 0930-1230

Programme: Passport to Management Excellence
Programme: Passport to Administrative Excellence
Programme: Passport to Research Futures
Programme: Dignity and Inclusion Portfolio
Programme: Passport to Health and Wellbeing
Programme: Academic Staff Development Programme

Key details: For those who have attended Resilience in the face of change - part 1 previously.

Target audience

All staff

Course information



Following a brief reminder of Resilience in the Face of Change Part 1, this course will take a deeper dive into practical skills and techniques that you can apply to be more resourceful and resilient in the face of change.


Who is it for?


Anyone who is experiencing change in the workplace and who has completed Part 1 of the Resilience in the Face of Change programme.


What you will learn:

1.    How to demonstrate flexibility in the face of change.

  • Explore how to increase your psychological and emotional flexibility as key components in building and maintaining your resilience.
  • Recognise that resilience is not steeliness or being stoic in the face of change.
  • The type of resilience we offer is flexible and personal to you, so that it supports you and helps you adapt well in the face of change.

2.    Explore acceptance of and commitment to change

  • Understand the barriers to change.
  • Learn that resistance is a natural part of the change process and that’s okay. Recognise it and know how to manage it.
  • Understand your individual response to change and learn how to support yourself as you move through the change process.

3.    Learn hands-on, immediately useful tools to support you as you experience change in the workplace.

  • The mind and body are connected.  Learn how to influence them both to feel more comfortable about the changes that are taking place at work. For example, the Mindfulness Body Scan.
  • Explore Full Catastrophe thinking and how it can drive us stir crazy. Learn what to do about it, so that fears and worries come back into perspective.
  • Compassion for self in the change process, reduces stress and will enable you to access your strengths and capabilities in the change process.



You will be able to access your resilience any time you like. You will also recognise when you are feeling less resilient and know what to do about it to get back to your best.




Eilidh Macdonald-Harte

Eilidh holds a postgraduate in psychotherapy and a second post graduate in applied coaching. She provides mental health training and support to organisations and individuals. Eilidh believes in our capacity to heal, grow and change. She is the founder and Chair of a youth mental health charity in North Edinburgh called U-evolve. Supporting vulnerable young people with adverse childhood experience and trauma to build resilience, confidence and a secure base in themselves to meet the challenges and opportunities of life.



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