Resilient Leadership Retreat

Center for Innovative and Lifelong Learning - Excellence in interprofessional continuing education

Wooden blocks spelling out the word Resilience in front of a small potted succulent plant

Thriving at work is an achievable ideal. The choices, mindsets, and culture a leader cultivates impacts their team’s engagement and resiliency.

Resilient Leadership Retreat provides research-based strategies for leading and thriving in challenging times. From August 2-4, 2023, participants will develop critical skills to foster strength, resilience, and positive change. Program faculty are experts and leaders in the healthcare workforce, who bring personal examples that connect theory with real-world practices.

Here is what your colleague has to say:

“This was overall the best training I’ve received… The course was organized, designed with exactly the right amount of information. I looked forward to the sessions and learned important ways to be resilient in my personal and professional life.”
Participant Testimonial, Resilient Leadership February 2021

This course has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM, Continuing Nursing credits, APA credit for psychologists and continuing education for social work through the State of Illinois.

Program Directors
Jay M. Behel, PhD
Jay M. Behel, PhD

Associate Dean of Medical Student Affairs, Rush Medical College

Associate Professor, Division of Behavioral Sciences, Rush Medical College

Director, Section of Geriatric and Rehabilitation Psychology

Janet Shlaes, PhD, MBA, MA
Janet Shlaes, PhD, MBA, MA

Director, Center for Innovative & Lifelong Learning


Tuition: $489

Rush employees may use Educational Enhancement Funds (formerly LEAP Funds) to pay for the program.

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Intended Audience:
  • Healthcare workers and educators navigating the inherent challenges of change
  • Healthcare workers who are reevaluating their careers
  • Healthcare leaders who want to drive cultural change, engagement, and innovation
Why Take This Course Now?

Resilient Leadership Retreat provides an innovative approach to build critical skills to foster strength, resilience, and positive change.

  • Engages participants in live webinar discussions.
  • Facilitates reconnection with the work.
  • Provides a roadmap for participants to be catalysts for change—individually, as team members, and as leaders.

Space is limited to promote an intimate learning environment for participants to apply program frameworks to their personal experiences.

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Retreat Schedule:

The retreat takes place over three half-days on Rush University’s Illinois Medical District campus. Each retreat day will cover two program topics and deepen the learnings from prior topics. Experienced leaders will guide participants through research-based content and active discussion. Post retreat, participants will receive six weeks of targeted application practice, and will have access to program materials for up to one year.

Day 1
August 2, 2023 — 1:00 - 5:30 p.m.
  • Cultivating Self-Compassion
  • Thriving through Flexibility


Day 2
August 3, 2023 — 1:00 - 5:30 p.m.
  • Advanced Listening
  • Post-Traumatic Growth


Day 3
August 4, 2023 — 1:00 - 5:30 p.m.
  • Restorative Justice
  • Reflective Narratives


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Program Modules:

Module 1: Cultivating Self-Compassion
In an industry rooted in compassion for others, self-compassion is often overlooked. Extensive research indicates that the benefits of self-compassion align with several essential leadership skills: emotional intelligence, resilience, growth mindset, integrity, and compassion toward others.
Learning Objectives:
  • Apply self-compassion core elements
  • Practice deliberately detaching from your perceived failures
  • Adopt a leadership style that models self-compassion
Module 2: Thriving through Flexibility
Research shows that cognitive rigidity significantly limits our capacity for growth and creativity. This session introduces practices that allow you to make values-based choices and take actions to drive organizational outcomes.
Learning Objectives:
  • Identify practices that help stabilize amidst uncertainty
  • Practice perspective-taking as a tool for cognitive flexibility
  • Employ ACT Matrix concepts to making values-based choices
Module 3: Advanced Listening
As leaders, we often experience distractions and stressors that limit our capacity to be fully present with others. This session develops active listening skills to apply with colleagues, patients, and interprofessional teams.
Learning Objectives:
  • Identify behaviors that support active listening
  • Describe barriers to active listening
  • Practice deep listening in a diverse range of situations
Module 4: Post-Traumatic Growth 
Most of us have experienced significant disruption in this time of unprecedented change and stress. This session focuses on leveraging these experiences as opportunities for positive growth and transformation.
Learning Objectives:
  • Summarize the 5 domains of post-traumatic growth
  • Examine how opportunities and perspectives facilitate post-traumatic growth
  • Apply post-traumatic growth strategies to a personal experience
Module 5: Restorative Justice
In the face of isolation, disengagement, and conflict, this session offers a pathway to connection, engagement, understanding, and resolution via Restorative Justice principles.
Learning Objectives:
  • Identify basic principles of the Restorative Justice Model
  • Employ Restorative Justice-based questions as a tool for facilitating healing and repair
  • Practice Restorative Justice principles through participation in a Restorative Justice circle experience
Module 6: Reflective Narratives
The stories we tell ourselves shape how we experience the present and find meaning in the past. This session explores the opportunities revealed when we identify alternative ways to tell our stories.
Learning Objectives:
  • Recognize the transformational power of storytelling
  • Describe three types of wounded storyteller narratives
  • Illustrate the meaning-making opportunities revealed by your story

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Accreditation/Designation Statements

In support of improving patient care, Rush University Medical Center is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Rush University Medical Center designates this live activity for a maximum of twelve and a half (12.5) AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Rush University Medical Center designates this live activity for a maximum of twelve and a half (12.5) nursing contact hour(s).

This activity is being presented without bias and without commercial support.

Rush University is an approved provider for physical therapy (216.000272), occupational therapy, respiratory therapy, social work (159.001203), nutrition, and speech-audiology by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation.

Rush University designates this live activity for (12.5) Continuing Education credit(s).