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Existing users use the login here button for new users please read below information about the resilience program and instructions on creating a user account.

What is the resilience program?

The resilience program is designed to help participants identify and target stress, illness-related thoughts and beliefs, maladaptive illness-related coping patterns all identified in the literature as facilitating psychological distress (e.g. anxiety and/or depression) and gastrointestinal symptoms. I hope that by completing the resilience program you will develop more strategies that can be utilised to promote optimal well-being and in turn reduce the impact of Coeliac disease on your life.

The aim of the resilience program is to help individuals identify and utilise psychologically-focused strategies in order to promote optimal well-being, and in turn reduce the impact of Coeliac disease in their lives.

How much time is involved in completing the resilience program?

The resilience program is based on 5 modules, with the 5th module being optional. Each module (consisting of videos, text, handouts, and audio files e.g. relaxation tracks) is designed to be completed once a week, taking approximately 45 minutes, with associated homework-based activities taking a further 20-40 minutes per day.


What psychological strategies are taught in the resilience program?

The resilience program is based on a combination of Stress Management (SM), Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). SM strategies such as relaxed breathing will be utilised to reduce stress and the physiological impact that stress has on the body (e.g. increased muscle tension around the gastrointestinal tract). CBT strategies such as cognitive flexibility (identify and challenge unhelpful thinking patterns that promote stress and gastrointestinal symptoms e.g. ‘My Coeliac disease is getting worse’) and exposure work (a planned activity where individuals confront a situation which they currently avoid due to unwanted distress). ACT strategies (e.g. Mindfulness and Cognitive defusion) aim to change the negative cycle of distress associated with illness.

A summary of the 5 modules and their focus of target around Coeliac-related processes are provided below:

Stress management & moving towards your vision for the future – Stress management and setting goals based on your values

Targets: Hypervigilance/visceral sensitivity, perceived lack of control regarding Coeliac disease, stress and psychological distress, and identifying with illness


How you think impacts on how you feel – Mindfulness and acceptance, and cognitive defusion

Targets: Catastrophizing and ruminating about symptoms, perceived lack of control regarding Coeliac disease, hypervigilance/visceral sensitivity, and Stress and psychological distress

How you think impacts on how you feel – Cognitive flexibility

Targets: Catastrophizing and ruminating about symptoms, perceived lack of control regarding Coeliac disease, hypervigilance/visceral sensitivity, and stress and psychological distress

How you act can impact on how you think and feel – Exposure work

Targets: Avoidance and safety behaviours

Review and overcoming setbacks (OPTIONAL)

Targets: Building gains, overcoming setbacks, other resources

NOTE: Prior to accessing the optional 5th module, participants will need to complete a post-intervention questionnaire. Upon completion of the post-intervention, participants will a code which will allow them access to the locked Module 5 content.

Who can participate in the resilience program?

You are welcome to participate if you are: (1) aged over aged 18 or older, (2) have a diagnosis of Coeliac disease by a medical professional (e.g. general practitioner, gastroenterologist), (3) experience low-to-moderate levels of distress (as confirmed via the brief psychological distress assessment tool), and (4) not currently seeing a mental health professional (e.g. psychologist, psychiatrist) for mental health concerns.


This online self-help psychological treatment service is NOT appropriate for individuals who experience serious mental illness. If you are seeing things that other people do not see; or hearing voices or someone talking when no one else is around; or feel that something very odd is going on, that people are testing you or trying to hurt you so you feel that you have to be on your guard most or all of the time; or if you currently feel so unwell that you thought about hurting yourself, you should talk to your local health professional, and if urgent, see a medical doctor. If you are experiencing a crisis and need help urgently, phone Lifeline on 131 114 or Suicide Line on 1300 651 251 (Australia), or your local area emergency service.

Useful online services are also available at:

Step 1:

Ensure you have scores in the normal to moderate ranges. If you have any scores in the SEVERE range, please do not enrol in the resilience program. Instead we recommended you meet with your medical doctor to discuss the results and ensure you can attain appropriate mental health support.


Step 2:

Read over the participant information and consent form and complete the pre-intervention ( resilience program) questionnaire.

Step 3:

After completing the pre-intervention questionnaire, you will be given a username and password, which can be used to login to the resilience program here.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us, click HERE for details.

Thank you for your interest in taking part in the resilience program.

Associate Professor Simon Knowles