Stress Management and Resiliency Training (SMART): Session 2

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Led by Dr. Amit Sood of the Global Center for Resiliency and Wellbeing. Hosted by the MN Regional Prevention Coordinators and MPRC.

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Join MPRC and the MN ATOD Regional Prevention Coordinators for session 2 of Stress Management and Resiliency Training (SMART), a four-module immersion in the SMART program proven in over 30 clinical trials to improve resilience, stress, anxiety, happiness, wellbeing, mindfulness, and health behaviors.

The training addresses two aspects of human experience – attention and interpretation. Research shows that our brain’s attention, in its default state, incessantly wanders and instinctively focuses on threats and imperfections. This excessive ‘dwell time’ in the default mode correlates with symptoms of anxiety, depression, low engagement, and attention deficit. It also fatigues our brain.

SMART offers a way out of this human dilemma by engaging the brain’s focused mode – not only to experience more uplifting emotions, but also develop better focus, enhance creativity and productivity, improve engagement at work, deepen relationships, and to find greater purpose in life.


  • This is an interactive, two-part training. To register for session 1, click here.
  • You will need a microphone to participate in the breakout sessions via Zoom.
  • Priority will be given to people who live and work in Minnesota.



AMIT SOOD, MD - Dr. Sood is the creator of the Resilient Option program. He is one of the world's leading experts on resilience and wellbeing, and executive director of the Global Center for Resiliency and Wellbeing. He was also professor of medicine, and Chair for student life and wellness at Mayo Clinic.Dr. Sood has authored or co-authored over 70 peer-reviewed papers and is the author of several books including, The Mayo Clinic Guide to Stress-Free Living, The Mayo Clinic Handbook for Happiness, Mindfulness Redesigned, SMART with Dr. Sood, The Resilience Journal, and Build Your Immune Resilience.

Dr. Sood has presented at some of the highest impact forums like, TEDx, Lake Nona, Forbes Under 30 Forum, Conference Board, Beckers, YPO, NPR, NAMI, NBGH, NASA, keynotes for Fortune 500 companies, universities, foundations, and others.

He has received numerous awards including the 2010 Distinguished Service, 2010 Innovator of the Year, 2013 Outstanding Physician Scientist and 2016 Faculty of the Year awards, all from Mayo Clinic. He was selected as one among top 20 intelligent optimist in the world (Ode Magazine). Dr. Sood was also selected by RWJ Foundation as one of the health care pioneers.

Dr. Sood serves as the member of the Everyday Health Wellness Advisory Board.

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The Minnesota Prevention Resource Center’s mission is to reduce problems resulting from alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs by enhancing the capacity of people interested in preventing these problems. We are a project of Association for Nonsmokers-Minnesota and funded by the Minnesota Department of Human Services, Behavioral Health Division.

MPRC has provided services to the residents of Minnesota for over 30 years through the development of community campaigns, providing resources, facilitating trainings and events throughout the state, providing research assistance and library materials, and supporting people who work to promote public health and prevent the problems caused by substance abuse. This includes tobacco and drug use, underage alcohol use and the misuse of alcohol by adults.

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