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Your Toolkit for Resilience and Wellbeing

Professor Ilona Boniwell

28th February 2023
16.00 -17.00
Herringham Hall

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Evidence shows that our collective mental health has taken a toll during the Covid-19. According to WHO, some countries have reported a three-fold increase in the prevalence of the symptoms of depression in adults and young adults. Resilience used to be a "good to have" skill, preparing us for the unknown and preventing mental health difficulties. With the unknown now the new normal, facing a loss of meaning and the current wave of "great resignation", resilience has been upgraded to a "must have" quality, indispensable
at university and in the workplace.

This presentation will help you to develop coping strategies and decision-making skills that can be used under stressful environmental conditions, in order to thrive and prosper rather than simply survive in the face of inevitable difficulties and uncertainties.
It will also help you identify your 'resilience muscles' based on your strengths, social support networks, positive emotions, and previous resilience experiences.

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Ilona Boniwell, PhD is a professor of positive psychology at the University of East London and the original founder of the UEL’s MSc in Applied Positive Psychology, the first ever degree of this type in Europe.

She is one of the world leaders in positive psychology, working in the field for over 20 years,
originally mentored by Martin Seligman.

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wrote or edited twelve books

delivered over 200 keynotes and a TEDx

founded the European Network of Positive Psychology 

organised the first European Congress of Positive Psychology

was the first vice-chair of the International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA).

Professor Ilona Boniwell is passionate about practical applications of positive psychology to coaching,
business and education. She has developed multiple positive education programmes,
such as SPARK Resilience, Personal Well-Being Lessons and +ACTIONS.

Nowadays, as a director of Positran, a boutique consultancy specialising in
the applicationsof evidence-based methodologies to achieve lasting positive transformation,
Ilona delivers advanced professional training in positive psychology.

Ilona has developed her own approach to positive psychology applications and trained thousands of professionals around the world (in Japan, Singapore, China, Dubai, South Africa, Portugal, France and the UK).

Her clients have included ClubMed, L’Oreal, Microsoft, SNCF, EDF, Sanofi, Bull, Mars, Eric Bompard, Microsoft, BNP Paribas, Sanofi, Sodexo and many others. She further worked for the Government of Bhutan to develop a framework for happiness-based public policy at the request of the UN, as the lead member of the International Expert Working Group for the New Development Paradigm, as well as for the Prime Minister’s Office of Dubai around the development of the toolkit for workplace positivity and organisational well-being assessment.

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