Unlocking Resilience: The Big Course


Unlocking Resiliency: The Big Course

It’s all in one place.

Everything is connected. It’s difficult to truly understand how the many different aspects of behavior fit together without spending a lot of time with the material. That’s why this course exists – to take all the different pieces of information related to stress and resilience and put them all into one cohesive, in-depth narrative. This one course will cover everything you need to know about the impacts of stress and how we can cultivate the development of resilience in our animals. I am SO excited to teach this course – and I know you’ll love it too!

Take a deep dive into the following topics:

  • Welfare and well-being – what do animals need to thrive?
  • The biology of behavior – evolution, neurobiology, genetics
  • The physiology of stress 
  • The impacts of stress
  • Emotion
  • Cognition
  • Why some animals are more affected by stress than others
  • Preventing and mitigating stress
  • Building resilience and stress coping
  • Emotional/mental health disorders in animals

This course includes:

  • 16+ hours of live lecture (it will also be recorded)
  • 16 hours of live discussion and applied activities with Dr. Spaulding  (full students only)
  •  Homework assignments (full students only)
  • Access to the Science Matters Facebook group
  • Certificate of Completion and logo for your marketing materials (for full students, upon succesful course completion)
  • 21 CEUs from CCPDT and 25 CEUs from IAABC  for full students
  • 16 CEUs from CCPDT and IAABC for auditors
  • Course access for 18 months as an auditor. If you would like to retake the course as a full student within 18 months, you just need to pay the difference between the full student and auditor price. The course is updated every six months.

Get the full picture and completely change your approach to training and behavior modification. You’ll be glad you did! 

FREE informational sessions:

  • 30 minutes – drop in sessions. Come for the whole thing or only part of the session. There will be a short presentation about the course and the content at the start of each session.
  • No registration necessary
  • Ask questions about the course – content, set up, coursework or any other questions you have!
  • Ask questions about stress, resiliency, emotion
  • Thursday, February 2nd at 7:30 pm ET
  • Thursday, February 16th at 7:30 pm ET
  •  Thursday, March 9th at 7:30 pm ET

Zoom info for informational sessions:

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 835 9165 0395
Passcode: 894693

Curriculum excerpt: 

Short syllabus Unlocking Resiliency October 22

Course details

How long we’ll hang out

16 weeks

What we’ll do
  • Weekly live sessions
  • Lecture, discussion, interactive application activities & short in-class assignments
  • Additional assignments to cement your knowledge & gain your CEUs

CCPDT – 21 for full students, 16 for auditors; IAABC  – 25 for full students, 16 for auditors

Your tuition

$1260* for full students; payment plans available, 6 monthly payments of $210

$780 for auditors

*Discounts available for Research Bites members.

Course schedule

Course schedule:

Next course begins on Thursday, March 16th, 2023.

Optional live lectures on Thursdays at 6:30 pm ET. (A pre-recorded  version will also be posted every Monday for those who cannot attend live or prefer more time to digest the material.)

Discussion sessions on Thursdays at 7:30 pm ET (full students only, must attend live, discussions are not recorded.)

The course runs for 16 weeks.