What is Resilience-to-Thrive™ Coaching?

Posted by Joel Bennett on

Resilience coaching is a growing field. If you are already a life or wellness coach, you can enrich your current practice and open new possibilities. Resilience skills can be applied to individuals or groups as well as to work settings

Disclaimer and Request (see below)*

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In Resilience-to-Thrive™ (resilience) training, coaches learn how to help clients address difficult experiences and stressors. All for the purpose of learning, strengthening, and transforming the stress into a positive and beneficial outcome.

As described in “Raw Coping Power: From Stress to Thriving,” resilience is not just about bouncing back but also about learning and thriving. Resilience is not only a landing pad for stress but also a launching pad for growth and evolution. 

Increasingly, wellness coaches are finding value in working with clients beyond areas of healthy lifestyle changes (e.g., nutrition, weight loss counseling, health risk assessments). They often help clients with difficult emotions (e.g., anxiety, depression,) and may even address complex issues that include stress, addiction, and other areas of mental health.

Resilience lies in the “sweet-spot” between wellness coaching and professional mental health counseling (see video). With resilience coaching skills, coaches better discern the limits of their scope of practice. They know how to refer clients for deeper work, if necessary.


In resilience training, coaches grow in several competencies of knowledge and skill. Having a clear list of competencies makes it easy for coaches to identify areas where they can continually improve.  See this two minute presentation of results of our research at the 2021 Lifestyle Medicine conference. Download this research poster (opens in new window) showing how our coaches improve.

Our research shows that resilience training significantly improves the following competencies.

  1. Creates a safe space
  2. Taps into one’s own resilience story
  3. Shows presence
  4. Knows research on positive stress
  5. Knows stress potential
  6. Works with emotional triggers
  7. Creates thrive action plans
  8. Knows scope of practice
  9. Integrates mind-body practice
  10. Coaches into the resilience story
  11. Knows stress-to-thrive levels
  12. Identifies resources
  13. Provides positive mind-set for challenge

Disclaimer and Request: There are likely many different approaches to coaching individuals and groups in order to improve their resilience. We make no claims that the description or model below is the only one. However, we request that any use or reproduction of the phrase “Resilience-to-Thrive™” with reference to coaching or facilitation be given credit to the author. Thank you and may you thrive.

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