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Building Your Resilience

DATE: Thursday, July 18th 2019

TIME: 1.00 PM - 4:00 PM




Resilience in the Age of Burnout: Becoming a Big Wave Surfer

This session applies the science of resilience to a pernicious 21st century problem. Burnout affects those most deeply invested in their careers, for whom work is a calling and source of meaning -  including teachers, physicians, and even wellbeing researchers and practitioners.

While burnout can appear to strike suddenly, we will explain how to identify early warning signs and implement evidence-based strategies to manage them. The individual cannot avoid burnout by managing personal wellbeing alone, however. “Burnout is the  individual’s response to a systemic problem”1. Organisational drivers include long hours, high responsibility with low autonomy and flexibility, and a perceived lack of institutional support.

This workshop provides a framework for identifying individual and organisational factors affecting wellbeing, covering the warning signs of burnout (e.g., interrupted sleep, frustration, cynicism, work/home conflict and difficulty “unplugging” from work) and sharing the resilience strategies for prioritising and addressing these challenges. Many of us live very committed lives, with little or no slack in the system. As one school principal commented, “We are all one rogue Board member, one rogue staff member, or one traumatic student incident away from not coping”. If we want to ride big waves, we need to protect our wellbeing.

Workshop Leaders

  Dr Lucy Hone   New Zealand Institute of Wellbeing & Resilience | AUT University

Dr Lucy Hone
New Zealand Institute of Wellbeing & Resilience | AUT University

Dr Lucy Hone is a research associate at AUT University, a best-selling author and blogger for Psychology Today on the topic of resilience. Having both trained on the Masters of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) programme at the University of Pennsylvania, and developed NZ-focused wellbeing research for their PhDs, their pragmatic approach to the topic has been substantially influenced by their real life experiences, including earthquakes and personal loss. Their presentations are respected for being evidence-based, but remembered for their entertaining, engaging and most of all “real” delivery style.


  Denise Quinlan   New Zealand Institute of Wellbeing & Resilience

Denise Quinlan
New Zealand Institute of Wellbeing & Resilience

Dr Denise Quinlan is one of the directors of the New Zealand Institute of Wellbeing & Resilience (NZIWR), are acknowledged internationally as leading authorities and outstanding trainers of resilience programmes. A research fellow at the University of Otago and an adjunct Professor at the IE University, Madrid, Denise was part of the team that brought the University of Pennsylvania’s Penn Resiliency Programme to Australia back in 2009, and has trained executives and educators throughout the world ever since.