SGPS9106: Promoting Resilience During Graduate School and Beyond

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COVID-19 has disrupted many aspects of our personal and professional lives and in a time of isolation and distraction, it is especially challenging to remain resilient, focused, and optimistic about achieving our goals. 

This course introduces participants to a motivational coaching approach to mentoring others that has been associated with improvements in resilience, self-esteem, and other positive indicators in graduate students. 

Participants in the course will: 

  1. Receive training and a formal certificate in motivational coaching (complimentary of the Monarch System™)
  2. Participate as both the provider practicing the motivational coaching tools and as the recipient of the approach
  3. Receive booster training sessions and feedback on their coaching skills 


It is anticipated that participation in this course will improve the resilience, mental health, quality of life, compassion, and social support of participants. In addition, participants will develop a unique transferable skillset that can be applied to leadership positions in a variety of settings. 

Participants in this course will also be invited, but not required, to participate in a research study that the instructor, Dr. Jennifer Irwin, is conducting to evaluate the impact of the course. If you consent to participate in the study, you will be asked to complete an online survey at four time points: baseline, immediate, 3-months, and 6-months post program. 

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Hosted by: 

  • Dr. Jennifer Irwin, School of Health Studies

Dates Offered:

  • September 16 - December 9, 2021
  • Asynchronous and synchronous online components

What to expect:

  • This 0.5 credit course will appear on the transcripts of enrolled students with a Pass/Fail notation but will not affect the student's academic average
  • The course may count towards degree program course requirements with permission from the student's department


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