Stress Management and Resiliency Training (SMART)

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These times have been crushing for those on the front lines including educators, health care workers, mental health service providers and human service providers. The pandemic has brought a swell of needs while other significant traumatic needs continue to require attention. That’s why The South Southwest Mental Health Technology Training Center (MHTTC) is hosting SMART Resilience with Dr. Amit Sood. We will be offering both a SMART Resilience Webinar as well as opening up applications for a four-module structured program.

Registration is now open. See below for key dates and registration links. 

 

What is Stress Management and Resiliency Training (SMART)? 

SMART offers an innovative, modern, uplifting, and highly scalable approach to enhance individual resilience. SMART, developed by Dr. Amit Sood at Mayo Clinic, is offered as a four-module structured program. SMART has been tested and found efficacious in over 30 clinical trials for decreasing symptoms of stress, anxiety, and burnout, and increasing resilience, wellbeing, mindfulness, happiness, and positive health behaviors. Applicants for the four SMART Resilience Cohorts will be limited to front line workers including educators, health care workers, mental health service providers and human service providers within the South Southwest MHTTC (Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas).

The training addresses two aspects of human experience—attention and interpretation. Research shows that our brain’s attention, in its default state, incessantly wanders and instinctively focuses on the negative aspects of the day. This excessive ‘dwell time’ in the default mode correlates with symptoms of anxiety, depression, low engagement, and attention deficit. It also fatigues our brains.

SMART offers a way out of this dilemma by engaging the brain’s focused mode—not only to experience more uplifting emotions, but also develop better focus, enhance creativity and productivity, improve engagement, deepen relationships, and find greater purpose in life.

Each of the four modules of SMART is a combination of neuroscience and specific skills that are directly drawn from the science. The four modules will be covered in two sessions of two hours each. Prior to receipt of registration links, registrants will be vetted and approved. Participants must attend both 2-hour sessions (4 hours total) to receive CEUs

 

About Dr. Amit Sood

Dr. Amit SoodDr. Sood is the creator of the Resilient Option program. He is one of the world's leading experts on resilience and wellbeing, and executive director of the Global Center for Resiliency and Wellbeing. He was also professor of medicine, and Chair for student life and wellness at Mayo Clinic.

Dr. Sood has authored or co-authored over 70 peer-reviewed papers and is the author of several books including, The Mayo Clinic Guide to Stress-Free Living, The Mayo Clinic Handbook for Happiness, Mindfulness Redesigned, SMART with Dr. Sood, The Resilience Journal, and Build Your Immune Resilience.

Dr. Sood has presented at some of the highest impact forums like, TEDx, Lake Nona, Forbes Under 30 Forum, Conference Board, Beckers, YPO, NPR, NAMI, NBGH, NASA, keynotes for Fortune 500 companies, universities, foundations, and others.

 

 

He has received numerous awards including the 2010 Distinguished Service, 2010 Innovator of the Year, 2013 Outstanding Physician Scientist and 2016 Faculty of the Year awards, all from Mayo Clinic. He was selected as one among top 20 intelligent optimists in the world (Ode Magazine). Dr. Sood was also selected by RWJ Foundation as one of the health care pioneers, and the "Biggest Impact Maker" in healthcare in Rochester, MN (the home of Mayo Clinic).Dr. Sood serves as member of the Everyday Health Wellness Advisory Board.

 

Registration and Key Dates 

 

This webinar will provide a high level overview of the SMART Resilience content. We encourage individuals to attend this webinar and apply for one of the SMART Resilience Cohorts below
 

  • SMART Resilience Webinar
    May 28, 2021 |11:00-12:30 
    This Webinar addresses two aspects of human experience—attention and interpretation. Research shows that our brain’s attention, in its default state, incessantly wanders and instinctively focuses on the negative aspects of the day. This excessive ‘dwell time’ in the default mode correlates with symptoms of anxiety, depression, low engagement, and attention deficit. It also fatigues our brains.

    Register Here
     

 

Please select one SMART Resilience Cohort to participate in.

  • SMART Resilience Cohort 1
    May 7th, 2021 | 11am-1pm CST 
    May 21st, 2021 | 11am-1pm CST 
    Apply Here
     
  • SMART Resilience Cohort 2  
    June 4th, 2021 | 12pm-2pm CST 
    June 18th, 2021 | 12pm-2pm CST 
    Apply Here
     
  • SMART Resilience Cohort 3 
    July 8th, 2021 | 11am-1pm CST 
    July 22nd, 2021 | 11am-1pm CST
    Apply Here
     
  • SMART Resilience Cohort 4 
    July 29th, 2021 | 11am-1pm CST 
    August 12th, 2021 | 11am-1pm CST 
    Apply Here

 

Contact Us 

Want to learn more about SMART Training? Contact Natalie Fikac at natalie.fikac@austin.utexas.edu.