Preliminary Data from Stoic Mindfulness and Resilience Training (SMRT) 2018

Stoic Mindfulness and Resilience Training (SMRT) 2018 is underway.  Just over 3,000 people have enrolled to take part this year.  Tim LeBon has already got some initial data from the questionnaires.  This word cloud shows the main reasons people gave for taking part:

SMRT 2018 Word Cloud68.5% of participants are male and 30.5% female.

SMRT 2018 Gender

Most participants were aged 26-55.

SMRT 2018 Ages

When asked where they live the top five responses from participants were:

  1. United States 37.2%
  2. United Kingdom 22.5%
  3. Canada 7.8%
  4. Australia 3.5%
  5. Germany 3.1%

31.8% said they had no knowledge of Stoicism or would describe themselves as novices.  58.8% had never taken part in SMRT or Stoic Week before.  However, 26.9% had taken part in SMRT or Stoic Week “more than five” times already.  So there’s both a lot of newcomers and a lot of people who repeat these courses more or less every year.  45.7% of participants said that they didn’t consider themselves Stoics or weren’t sure, whereas the rest identified themselves as being Stoics to some degree.

We have a lot of other data from responses to the SPANE and Satisfaction with Life questionnaires, and Stoic Attitudes and Behaviours Scale (SABS) but I’ll leave that for another article.

Now Enrolling: Stoic Mindfulness and Resilience Training (SMRT) 2018

We’re pleased to announce that Stoic Mindfulness and Resilience Training (SMRT) will be running this year starting on Sunday 25th November.   This is a free course, open to everyone.

The course lasts four weeks and enrollment has just opened but will close shortly.  So don’t miss out if you’re hoping to take part.

About SMRT

SMRT is a four-week intensive training course in core Stoic psychological skills.  It requires about twenty minutes of commitment daily for 28 days.  We therefore advise people not to enroll unless they’re sure they can commit the time and effort to complete the program.

SMRT was designed in 2014 by cognitive therapist, Donald Robertson.  Over 500 people took part in the initial program, and thousands more have completed SMRT since then.  It runs once or twice per year.

We collected data and analysed it, which showed fairly impressive improvements in established psychological measures of mood and quality of life.  Recent follow-up data show these improvements were maintained at three months.

SMRT was deliberately designed not as a general introduction to Stoicism but as focused skills training, modelled on the type of protocols used in clinical trials on CBT.  Stoic Week, our seven-day course provides more of a general introduction to Stoicism, if that’s what you want.  SMRT is for people who really want to focus on developing basic Stoic psychological skills through daily practice, over a sufficient period of time to show significant changes.

Stoic Mindfulness and Resilience Training 2017

Just a quick note to say that Stoic Mindfulness and Resilience Training SMRT will be starting around the middle of July, and you can enrol in advance now.  It’s completely free and thousands of people have done it since 2014.  Click the link below to visit the site.  More details to follow shortly…

Completing SMRT 2014

SMRT 2016 has now finished – thanks for taking part!

If you haven’t already done so, please read the final Postscript section.  We’d also be very grateful if you just took a minute to complete our (very) brief course evaluation form online.  (Many thanks to those of you who have already submitted your feedback!)

Course Evaluation Form

Some donations have already been received from participants via the PayPal button that’s been added to the site. We’re extremely grateful for even the smallest donations because they help to fund continual development of the site and cover ongoing expenses like our web-hosting costs. You can contribute an amount of your own choosing right now by using this PayPal link.  Thanks for your support!

Some quick facts and figures: Over 2,500 people registered to take part in SMRT 2016.  Over 930 comments were posted in the discussion areas by participants during the course.  Over 970 people submitted SABS questionnaire forms, allowing us to analyse their data.  75% of participants in this course were male, which is higher than some of our previous online courses.

As always, if you need any help, please feel free to contact me.

Regards,

Donald Robertson
Course Facilitator

SMRT Week Four: Stoic Resilience

Welcome to Week Four of SMRT 2016: Stoic Resilience

Week Four: Stoic Resilience

The big question for this week is:

What would be the pros and cons of continually remembering, when starting to feel distressed about a situation or event, that it’s not things that upset us but our judgements about things?

Please take a moment to post your thoughts about this question in the Comment section of the final page in Week Four, after doing reading for this week.

Some donations have already been received from participants via the PayPal button that’s been added to the site. We’re extremely grateful for even the smallest donations because they help to fund continual development of the site and cover ongoing expenses like our web-hosting costs. You can contribute an amount of your own choosing right now by using this PayPal link.  Thanks for your support!

As always, if you need any help, please feel free to contact me.

Regards,

Donald Robertson
Course Facilitator