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The presentation, Everyday Resiliency for Mental Wellness Today and in the Days to Come, was part of a 3 day virtual event presented by the Chartered Professionals in Human Resources of Canada.  Called the HR Virtual Forum Series - Empowering Your People in a Post-Pandemic Workplace, the presentation was originally presented live on May 25, 2020. 

The events in these first few months of 2020 have been an incredible test of our resilience. Our existence has been stripped down to the essentials. We are in a global fight to protect and manage our health. This global crisis will change the world forever, and each of us will inevitably be transformed by the experience. This event will be taught in future history classes!

As with all seasons and events of challenge, how we respond is crucial. HR professionals are in a particularly difficult position of not only supporting themselves, but their teams and organisations. This is a parallel experience that requires additional skills and new tactical approaches.

In this remote learning event, I will present my work on resiliency that includes the five core competencies from a global perspective.

Here we will explore what contributes to a person’s baseline for resiliency. This information is crucial for employers and organizations to understand, as to establish health work environments that promote wellness culture.

COVID-19 has left on mark on the morale and psychological capital for our communities.

I will discuss how to best navigate personal and professional resiliency in times of uncertainty through stress performance, targeted focusing and value alignment so people can get back to working and thriving.

I will also introduce the Resiliency Trajectory Model to serve as a tool for seeing resiliency in action.

Here we will explore the grief cycle and discuss how it relates to a post-pandemic landscape. I will present research informed strategies for proactive mental wellness initiatives that are based on behavioural science. Participants will learn how to make behavioural changes that are required for this new work environment.

The information is researched informed, readily available, and is grounded in wise practices. My aim is to facilitate knowledge mobilization that is relatable, accessible, sustainable and realistic.

The information presented here may not be radical, but it is ultimately practical for the everyday resiliency we all need right now and, in the days, to come.


Dr. Robyne Hanley-Dafoe

Dr. Robyne Hanley-Dafoe is a multi-award-winning psychology and education instructor who specializes in resiliency, navigating stress and change, and personal wellness in the workplace. Described as transformational, engaging, and thought-provoking, Hanley-Dafoe’s keynotes provide practical strategies, grounded in global research and case studies, that help foster resiliency within ourselves and others.As the senior educational developer for the Centre for Teaching and Learning at Trent University, Hanley-Dafoe focuses on providing professional development for the teaching community and cultivating student engagement. She is committed to finding innovative solutions for creating positive learning relationships and environments for both students and teachers. Hanley-Dafoe has also been a psychology instructor and researcher at Trent for more than 13 years.Hanley-Dafoe’s work is inspired by her interest in resiliency and wellness including the intersections of stress, optimal challenge, navigating change, goal-setting, and personal alignment.

Session Materials

    1. Session Recording

    2. PowerPoint

About this course

  • 2 lessons
  • 1.5 hours of video content

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