Resilience Training

Thriving in the face of Change, Challenge and Stress

Resilience Training - Thriving in the face of Change, Challenge and Stress

Resilience Training

For those working with young people

3-Hour Online Workshop, 27 May 6pm - 9pm

RESILIENCE, Thriving in the Face of Change, Challenge and Stress

Resilience is the ability to bounce back – and move forward – from periods of change and adversity, stress and trauma, loss, disappointment, and perhaps most importantly, the strain and intensity of just doing the “day-to-day” in today’s world.

We know that those most at risk – many of today’s youth – need resilience more than anything. Skills for greater resilience are achievable for those who are vulnerable – they can be learned and developed – like any other skill.

Resilience Training makes the challenges we face “smaller” – simply by making us “bigger” and more capable.

We are offering a 3-hour online workshop on Wednesday 27 May. The online workshop is aimed at those working with young people.

Edmond Otis BA, MSc, MFT
Program Developer


The 3-hour online workshop will cover:

1. Make Me Resilient: Participants learn to apply cognitive concepts and skills from sport, health, and performance psychology - to everyday life. They also learn to face challenges from a positive perspective.

Anticipated learning outcomes: Students will learn to apply three specific “Think the Way Resilient People Think” strategies for when they find themselves in difficult or challenging situations. 

2. Real Stress Management Skills: A training to specifically address the types of stressors we most commonly face. We will help participants understand how stress works, and how it affects our thoughts, emotions, and behaviours (including self-destructive and addictive behaviours). Most importantly, this session focuses on providing participants actual, practical, personal and inter-personal stress management techniques and skills that they will be able to use immediately.
Anticipated learning outcomes: Students will learn 2-3 specific useful stress management techniques for the times they can’t change their situation. 

3. Making Difficult Conversations Easier: We often avoid difficult conversations – which just makes things worse. We discuss some good ways to figure out what you need to say, to who, and how to say it.
Anticipated learning outcomes: Students will learn 2-3 specific face-to-face communication techniques and strategies that will help them communicate more effectively with peers, parents, family, teachers, and strangers – specifically when they need to – but don’t know how.

Real Feedback from Real Teachers

"The most valuable aspects were the opportunity for students to reflect on managing themselves and realise that they not alone in the way they deal with situations that may arise and to realise there are strategies to deal with every situation".

"I loved hearing our students talking about the sessions in between workshops. We also had great feedback from parents when they heard about the content in the workshops".

"Being taught strategies of reducing stress. Especially the exercises!  These are so simple but effective. Our students need to know these ways".

"Very clear presentation!  Very good tools!".

"Stress strategies, breathing, tense. Love the egg/basketball.  Excellent presentations - engaging, clear and activities/videos to keep students engaged and pitched at their level and interests".

And Here Is What Students Said They Learnt

"To just carry on and always stay positive and that having plans are good to have, as well as making a change to many outcomes that come your way".

"That our brain has a GPS. That "calm down" makes someone mad. That we have to say "no" three times for it to be processed".

"Different ways to handle and talk to people in hard situations and conversations".

"That there are different ways to breathe and I have probably been breathing wrong my whole life and how to calm myself in different situations".

"I think the phrase of doom because it taught me that no matter how I say calm down, it still won't make the conversation any better. It is better to admit to your wrongs".

"Saying no is OK and having to learn when to say no. Muscle relaxation to relieve stress".

"How to start a hard conversation with my parents or how to bounce back from a bad day or game".

Who is Edmond Otis?

Edmond is a health educator, licensed psychotherapist, and speaker who works with individual clients, athletes, sport teams, businesses, and public and private organisations, in New Zealand and the US, to increase resilience, improve performance, reduce stress, and facilitate change.

Edmond and his family moved to New Zealand in 2008, and became citizens in 2015. He is a senior lecturer in Health and Sport Science at the Eastern Institute of Technology (EIT), and from 1981 – 2007, a senior lecturer in Humanities and Physical Education at the University of California, Riverside. As director of UCR’s nationally known martial-arts program, Edmond coached numerous individuals and teams to national (USA) and international karate championships.

Edmond developed ‘Lets Make Me Resilient’ with Health Hawke’s Bay – the primary health organisation in Hawke’s Bay. 

Who Should Attend

The online 3 hour training programme is ideal for teachers and others who support young people to bounce back from life’s challenges. 

The Background to Resilience Training

The program "Let's Make Me Resilient" was trialled across schools in Hawke’s Bay during 2016-17 and then presented at 14 secondary schools during the 2018-19 academic years. It is expected that a similar number of schools within Hawke’s Bay will use the program in the 2020 with many schools choosing to have Edmond present the workshop.

To spread the skills and better support young people, this ‘Teacher/Trainer Workshop’ is designed  specifically to train others to deliver the program. Our vision is to deliver this by training teachers or local coordinators within schools and then offer an ongoing coaching process where Edmond supports schools to integrate the training within their curriculum.

Date & Location:

3-hour Online Workshop

Wednesday 27 may, 6pm - 9pm

You will be sent the details to 'attend' this ZOOM meeting once you are registered.

Price & Registration

3-hour Workshop
We appreciate situations have changed, and we give you the option to pay:

  • Recommended: $100 + GST or 
  • Other: $75 + GST

Choose your option on the registration form (ticket type).

Registration process

Payment online is by Debit or Credit Card: VISA, Mastercard or American Express only and there are 3 easy steps to complete the online booking process.
Upon completion of your registration, you will receive an automated confirmation email. If you have any issues or questions about your booking, please contact Nathalie van Dort on 021 066 9811 or email:

We work hard to ensure that all workshops are cost effective by automating our systems. If you require an invoice (rather than paying by debit or credit card) there will be a $20 surcharge for this, and you will need to supply:

  • The full name and postal address required to appear on the invoice.
  • The contact name and email of the person(s) responsible for authorising this expense and approving payment.
  • Any purchase order references required on vendor invoices.

Please email  if you would like to reserve a place, as our workshops fill quickly.

What happens if you have to cancel?

Refunds are not available unless GROW cancels the workshop ahead of time. You will be sent the recording of the workshop. Training is cancellable by GROW with 3 days’ notice if a minimum number of attendees is not met.

Please note: GROW Ltd reserves the right to make any amendments that we may deem to be in the best interest of the forum – it is however very unlikely and we will notify you as soon as possible should this occur.

For more information see our full Terms of Trade.

Further Details

This workshop will be delivered using ZOOM. Please familiarise yourself with ZOOM, it is very easy and free to use.

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For further details, please contact:
Nathalie van Dort at or
Phone: 021 066 9811