The Clinical Division is excited to share that Strengths-Based Resilience (SBR), a University of Toronto Scarborough program led by Division President Tayyab Rashid, was a recent recipient of the Canadian Association of College and University Student Services (CACUSS)’ Innovation Award. The award recognizes an innovative program or service that exemplifies excellence and serves as a model for other CACUSS member institutions.


Authored by Tayyab Rashid, Ph.D., Afroze Anjum, Psy.D., Jane Gilliam, Ph.D., and Ruth Louden (Editor) M.Ed., M.E.S., SBR teaches students evidence-based skills to boost their resilience and enhance their overall well-being. The topics covered include resilience, fixed and growth mindset, cognitive accuracy and flexibility, character strengths and signature strengths, problem-solving, grudge and gratitude, empathy, slowness and savoring, positive relationships and communication, altruism, and meaning and purpose. The program equips students with the skills to navigate stressors and challenges, and serves as a non-clinical version of positive psychotherapy. Evaluation of SBR showed that students who completed the program reported significantly less stress than those who received treatment as usual.


SBR has also been selected for a 60-minute presentation at Harvard’s Symposium on Academic Resilience in Higher Education, to be held on November 19-20, 2018 at the University of Pennsylvania. For more details about the symposium and registration information, click here.