Penn Resilience Program and PERMA™ Workshops


The Penn Resilience Program (PRP) and PERMA™ Workshops are evidence-based training programs that have been demonstrated to build resilience, well-being, and optimism. These strengths-based prevention programs equip individuals with a set of practical skills that can be applied in everyday life to strengthen an individual's ability to overcome adversity and challenges, manage stress, and thrive in their personal and professional life. We use the names Penn Resilience Program and PERMA™ Workshops interchangeably.

To request a program or workshop, please use the Contact Us link in the left column.

Decades of empirical studies indicate that the program:

  • Increases well-being and optimism
  • Reduces and prevents depression, anxiety, and conduct problems
  • Results in fewer substance abuse and mental health diagnoses
  • Improves physical health


Over a million people around the world have attended the Penn Resilience Program and PERMA™ Workshops. Penn has worked with individuals, teams, and leadership from a variety of organizations, including:

  • Health care
  • Law enforcement
  • Military
  • Primary and secondary schools
  • Colleges and universities
  • Corporations
  • First responders
  • Government
  • Professional sports

Penn customizes the program to fit the needs, goals, and culture of your organization, via meetings, online surveys, and focus groups.

Read testimonials from military personnel and educators who participated in the Penn Resilience Program.


The Penn Positive Psychology Center is widely recognized as a leading organization for state-of-the-art, evidence-based resilience and Positive Psychology programs. Penn has a team of curriculum developers, instructors, and subject matter experts with the expertise and experience to customize and deliver resilience programs to a wide-variety of audiences. Penn’s mobile training teams deliver programs anywhere around the world.

Learn about Dr. Karen Reivich, the lead instructor and curriculum developer of the programs.