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Individuals who earn a Facilitator Certificate through NWI will be able to use the tools, resources, and techniques provided in the certificate course to train students, employees, and clients in various settings in the topic presented.

We offer two facilitator certificate courses in partnership with OWLS:

Resilience & Thriving: The Secret Power of Stress
Empowered Health Consciousness

Health Consciousness and Resilience Training is More Than "Check the Box"

A course in resilience and stress management will not help your staff if they return to a toxic work environment. Empowered Health Consciousness is a route to addressing resiliency work in a conscious, mindful way to stimulate growth and health in the work culture, the work climate, and the work environment. Health consciousness and resilience work together.

The Roles of Resilience and Empowered Health Consciousness

Resilience is operable in a window of time; it is the “bounce back” from adversity. Health consciousness is an ongoing process. It comes before resilience, is at play during resilience, and continues after the resilience. If you are not conscious of what’s happening during the stress-inducing event, you are not going to be resilient. Being present and aware during an adverse experience enables you to learn from the difficulty, promoting a resilient response.

Resilience and health consciousness work together to create a culture of awareness and learning in which people respond more positively to adversity.

Resilience vs. Empowered Health Consciousness

An increasing number of wellness practitioners are being asked to deliver training or coaching in various health and wellness topics. To meet this need, the National Wellness Institute (NWI), in collaboration with Organizational Wellness Learning Systems (OWLS), is offering new facilitator certificate courses featuring evidence-informed tools and competency-based training. Courses are offered online quarterly. Onsite courses may also be scheduled throughout the year at various locations.


Resilience & Thriving: The Secret Power of Stress Course >>

Participants gain access to valuable training tools and earn a Certificate as a Resilience & Thriving Facilitator, allowing them to offer the “Resilience & Thriving: The Secret Power of Stress” training to others.
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Empowered Health Consciousness: The Wellness Alternative Course >>

Participants gain access to valuable training tools and earn a Certificate as an Empowered Health Consciousness Facilitator, allowing them to offer the “Empowered Health Consciousness: The Wellness Alternative” training to others.
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Resilience and Thriving
Who should attend?
  • Wellness coaches & coordinators
  • Worksite wellness professionals
  • Health educators
  • Human resource & employee benefits professionals
  • Employee assistance professionals
  • Wellness brokers
  • Motivational speakers
  • Teachers/Instructors
  • Anyone wishing to offer training in the wellness topic presented
Resilience and Thriving

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Technical Requirements

Participants must have a reliable internet connection. A free download of Zoom web conferencing software is required for the online course. Audio may be accessed via phone, or via computer microphone and speakers (webcam optional).

Registration Information & Rates

Click here for upcoming Resilience & Thriving: The Secret Power of Stress trainings >>

Click here for upcoming Empowered Health Consciousness: The Wellness Alternative trainings >>

ONLINE Trainings:
Current NWI Members: $599 | Non-members: $649 (Join now to save!)

Sign up early: Space is limited to 20 participants per training for these online programs. Once full, you can register for placement on our waitlist to be notified if an opening becomes available. Online courses will be offered quarterly.

NWI Event Cancellation Policy: Should you be unable to attend, a substitute delegate is welcome at no extra charge. A charge of 10% of the registration fee will be made for cancellations received in writing (or e-mailed with confirmation received) more than 15 business days prior to the start of the event. A charge of 50% of the registration fee will be assessed for cancellations received 15 or less business days prior to the start of the event. If you have any questions regarding your registration, contact NWI.

Additional Course Information
  • Students will take the multiple choice final exam within 10 days of course completion
  • Students may take the final exam up to three times. Students who do not pass the final exam after their third attempt will be required to retake the course and pass the final exam to attain their facilitator certificate.

Questions about this course? Email
or call NWI at 715-342-2969.

Continuing Education Credit

Individuals who complete the training and associated exam may earn 5 continuing education credits (CECs) for the online training or 7 CECs for the onsite training toward certifications held at the time of the training (see below for organizations that have pre-approved this program for credit). A CEC certificate will be e-mailed to individuals who select their desired CEC certificate(s) on the post-training evaluation form.

ACSM: The American College of Sports Medicine’s Professional Education Committee certifies that “National Wellness Institute, Inc.” meets the criteria for official ACSM Approved Provider status from (December 2015 – December 2018). Providership # 661228

EACC: The online training for the "Resilience & Thriving: The Secret Power of Stress" course is eligible for five (5) PDHs (Professional Development Hours) in Domains II, III, and the online training for the "Empowered Health Consciousness: The Wellness Alternative" course is eligible for five (5) PDHs in Domain III from the Employee Assistance Certification Commission. These programs are co-sponsored by Organizational Wellness Learning Systems (OWLS) and the National Wellness Institute (NWI).

HRCIHRCI®: The use of this seal confirms that this activity has met HR Certification Institute’s® (HRCI®) criteria for recertification credit pre-approval.

NCHEC (CHES/MCHES): National Wellness Institute is designated a provider of Category I continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. The Train-the-Trainer certificate programs are designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive 5 Category I (advanced) CECH for the online training and 7 Category I (advanced) CECH for the online training.

NWI (CWP): The Train-the-Trainer certificate programs have been approved by the National Wellness Institute for NWI Certified Wellness Practitioners (CWP) to receive for 5 Category 1 continuing education credits for the online training and 7 Category 1 CECs for the onsite training.

SHRM: National Wellness Institute is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CPSM or SHRM-SCPSM. The NWI Train-the-Trainer certificate programs are valid for 5 PDCs for the online training or 7 PDCs for the onsite training for the SHRM-CPSM or SHRM-SCPSM. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit

General Attendance Continuing Education Certificate: National Wellness Institute-verified contact hours for continuing education credit/certificate of participation.

An NWI Education Partnership
About the Presenter

Joel Bennett, PhD, is President of Organizational Wellness & Learning Systems (OWLS), a consulting firm that specializes in evidence-based wellness and e-learning technologies to promote organizational health and employee well-being. Dr. Bennett first delivered stress management programming in 1985 and OWLS programs have since reached close to 100,000 workers across the United States and abroad. He is primary developer of “Team Awareness” and “Team Resilience,” evidence-based, culture of health programs recognized by the U.S. Dept. of Health and the Surgeon General as effective in reducing employee behavioral risks.

Clients who have used OWLS tools or consulting services include Southwest Airlines, Caterpillar Corporation, Carlson Restaurants (TGIF), National Electrical Contractors Association, Owens Corning, Wyndham International Hotels, Wellness Councils of America (WELCOA), American Council of Engineering Companies, and various health and non-profit community agencies.

Dr. Bennett has authored over 20 peer-reviewed scientific articles as well as five books, including Raw Coping Power, Well-Being Champions, Time & Intimacy, Heart-Centered Leadership, and Preventing Workplace Substance Abuse.

Click here to read Dr. Bennett's article, "The Opioid Epidemic, A Team-Based Approach to Prevention", published in Workspan Magazine in January, 2018.