Adult Resilience Curriculum (ARC) for Health Professionals

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Adult Resilience Curriculum (ARC) for Health Professionals


Activity Description

Health care workers — including but not limited to physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses, behavioral health providers, and administrators — experience exceptional levels of burnout and compassion fatigue as the result of packed schedules, emotional demand, and moral injury. The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the issue, adding high mortality, rationing of health supplies, and socio-political tensions to the mix. 

Burnout can manifest as fatigue, impaired focus, and depersonalization resulting from emotional exhaustion, symptoms that require attention so that health professionals can continue to care for our most vulnerable. While many health care workers are likely familiar with self-care strategies, these strategies are often misunderstood or underutilized. The Adult Resilience Curriculum (ARC) for Health Professionals can help these individuals and their organizations navigate these unprecedented times and overcome barriers to well-being that persist even in non-pandemic years. Through self-paced learning or institutional efforts, ARC provides the structure that is often missing from meaningful well-being programming. 

The ARC was initially developed in 2013 by Clayton Cook, PhD, and Gail Joseph, PhD, for pre- and in-service teachers1. It was later adapted for the Mid-America MHTTC by Aria Fiat, PhD and Andrew Thayer, PhD.


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Module Outline

0. Introduction to the Adult Resilience Curriculum (ARC)

1. Understanding the Psychobiology of Stress and Well-Being

2. Creating Safe and Supportive Environments

3. Clarifying, Aligning With, and Committing to One's Values

4. Cultivating Awareness Through Mindfulness-Based Practices

5. Connecting Meaningfully with Others

6. Fostering Pleasant Emotions and Experiences

7. Coping with Difficult Thoughts, Feelings, and Experiences

8. Feeling Good Physically Through Nutrition, Movement, and Sleep

9. Rejuvenating Through Relaxation, Recreation, and Routines

10. Bringing It All Together: A Wellness Plan for the Future



ARC learners are expected to engage with the "core" modules — Modules 1-5 and Module 10 — at minimum. Modules 0 and 1 introduce the ARC framework and cover foundational knowledge of stress and well-being. Modules 2-5 cover non-negotiable well-being concepts including organizational (contextual) well-being, values identification, mindfulness, and connection. In Module 10, learners reflect upon the skills they've acquired and create an individual wellness plan for the future.

Each module is equipped with corresponding activities for learners to complete. The activities are intrinsic to the curriculum package, and therefore learners are strongly encouraged to complete them.


Target Audience 

This accredited continuing education activity is intended for counselors, social workers, psychologists, physicians, nursing staff, health care office support staff, and any additional providers serving in health care.   


Educational Objectives 

At the conclusion of this enduring material, the participants should be better able to: 

  • Articulate how stress can have both detrimental and optimal effects on performance and life experiences  
  • Discuss the dimensions of well-being and resilience including what actions are necessary to enhance professional and organizational well-being from the bottom-up approach  
  • Distinguish between goals and values when monitoring progress of wellness to decrease levels of burnout and compassion fatigue amongst the team and yourself 
  • Describe how to incorporate strategies of mindfulness and social supports when creating an individualized wellness plan  


Method of Participation

Release Date: September 9, 2022 

Expiration Date: September 8, 2023 

The estimated time to complete this free enduring material is 90 minutes


In order to receive continuing education credits, you must complete these steps prior to the activity expiration date:  

  1. Complete all modules associated with this activity (Modules 0-5, 10).  
  2. Log into your MYCCE portal or create one
  3. On your dashboard, Click Evaluate an Activity 
  4. Enter Activity Code 50254 
  5. Complete the post-test with a score of 80% or better 
  6. Complete the online evaluation.  

Your certificate will be saved in your UNMC CCE Account portal under Certificates & Transcripts.  


Jointly Accredited Provider LogoIn support of improving patient care, University of Nebraska 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.|

The University of Nebraska Medical Center designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

The University of Nebraska Medical Center designates this activity for 1.5 ANCC contact hours. Nurses should only claim credit for the actual time spent participating in the activity. 


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1.5 Continuing Education (CE) credits for psychologists are provided through the co-sponsorship of the American Psychological Association (APA) Office of Continuing Education in Psychology (CEP). The APA CEP Office maintains responsibility for the content of the programs.


Disclosure Information 

As a jointly accredited provider, the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) ensures accuracy, balance, objectivity, independence, and scientific rigor in its educational activities and is committed to protecting learners from promotion, marketing, and commercial bias. Faculty (authors, presenters, speakers) are encouraged to provide a balanced view of therapeutic options by utilizing either generic names or other options available when utilizing trade names to ensure impartiality. 

All faculty, planners, and others in a position to control continuing education content participating in a UNMC accredited activity are required to disclose all financial relationships with ineligible companies. As defined by the Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education, ineligible companies are organizations whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients. The accredited provider is responsible for mitigating relevant financial relationships in accredited continuing education.  Disclosure of these commitments and/or relationships is included in these activity materials so that participants may formulate their own judgments in interpreting its content and evaluating its recommendations. 

This activity may include presentations in which faculty may discuss off-label and/or investigational use of pharmaceuticals or instruments not yet FDA-approved. Participants should note that the use of products outside currently FDA-approved labeling should be considered experimental and are advised to consult current prescribing information for FDA-approved indications. 

All materials are included with the permission of the faculty. The opinions expressed are those of the faculty and are not to be construed as those of UNMC.




The accredited provider has mitigated and is disclosing identified relevant financial relationships for the following faculty, planners, and others in control of content prior to assuming their roles:   



The following faculty have nothing to disclose:

  • Brandy Clarke, PhD, LP* 
  • Erika Franta, PhD, LP* 
  • Christian Klepper, PsyD*  
  • Brittany Liebsack, PhD, LP*
  • Andrew Thayer, PhD*
  • Hannah West, PhD, BCBA* 

*Faculty and Planning Committee Member 


Planning Committee  

The following planning committee members have nothing to disclose: 

  • Valeta Creason-Wahl, HMCC 
  • Marley Doyle, MD 
  • Michaelyn Everhart, MD 
  • Laura Holly 
  • Kristen Johnson, PLMHP, LMHP 
  • Shelbie Johnson, M.Ed 
  • Heidi Keeler, PhD, RN 
  • Renee Paulin, MSN, RN, CWOCN 
  • Bailey Wrenn, MA 

Any questions regarding credit, please contact Bailey Wrenn 402-559-5145 or [email protected]



  • Adult Resilience Curriculum (ARC) Workbook for Professionals [Interactive] - The Adult Resilience Curriculum (ARC) Workbook for Professionals is a resource for professionals experiencing stress and burnout to use in conjunction with the ARC. Learners can use the workbook whether following along with the modules individually or as part of an organization. The workbook covers the core modules and provides space for activities and note-taking. Interested in obtaining hard copies? Get in touch with us at [email protected].
  • Supporting Professional Well-Being in Health Care: An HHS Region 7 Town Hall Event - This virtual town hall event held in April 2021 provides information on the current context of professional well-being within health care and features several regional experts focusing on supporting organizational well-being within their health care systems. Panelists from various large hospital systems share strategies and lessons learned from implementing employee well-being initiatives at the organizational level.


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1Cook, C. R., Miller, F. G., Fiat, A., Renshaw, T., Frye, M., Joseph, G. E., & Decano, P. (2017). Promoting secondary teachers’ well-being and intentions to implement evidence- based practices: randomized evaluation of the achiever resilience curriculum. Psychology in the Schools, 54(1), 13-28. []


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