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.
  • Want to know more? Check out a partial copy of the course syllabus here.


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

FREE informational sessions:

  • Session dates for the August 2024 course will be released in June
  • 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


Zoom info for informational sessions:

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

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

  • The next course is tentatively set to begin on Monday August 26, 2024
  • Lectures – Tentatively scheduled for Mondays at 12 pm ET (also recorded)
  • Discussion – Tentatively scheduled for Wednesdays at 12 pm ET (full students only, live attendance required)
  • Dates & Times to be finalized in June 2024.