CMHO Pre-Conference Workshop: Practical Strategies for Boosting Resilience

Presented by the International Network of Child and Adolescent Resilience (INCAR)
Sunday, November 23, 2014

1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

12:00 pm: Pre-Conference Registration
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm: Pre-Conference sessions

Each session is 1 hour followed by a panel Question & Answer for 30 minutes. There will be a short break after the first two speakers. At the end of the workshop, Drs. Goldstein, Mushquash and Wekerle will answer your site-specific questions on promoting resilience and locating resilience resources.

Too Much or Not Enough? Practical Strategies for Working with Parents Supporting Adolescents to Emerging Adults
Abby GoldsteinOntario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto

Over the past decade, the transition from adolescence to adulthood has received increasing attention in the clinical and research literatures. “Emerging adulthood” has been characterized as a time of identity development and independence, as well as experimentation and instability. It is also a time of increased risk, with higher rates of mental health issues, alcohol and other drug use. Increasingly, emerging adults are finding themselves at home, living with parents who are also navigating the transition from dependence to independence and struggling to find a middle path. This workshop will review current research in emerging adulthood, focusing on practical strategies for counseling parents, highlighting ways to provide support, while also promoting accountability. The focus will be on strategies that promote adaptation and healthy development during this transition from adolescent to adult.

Practical Strategies for Working with Indigenous Youth
Christopher MushquashLakehead University and Northern Ontario School of Medicine

Inclusion of Indigenous wisdom and traditional healing practices is advanced as a resilience process in supporting well-being among Indigenous youth. Providing culturally and contextually appropriate services to Indigenous clients requires the practitioner to respect cultural values in the clinical setting. This workshop will focus on evidence-based practice for Indigenous youth and will provide an overview of the evidence-based programming that has been applied to Indigenous youth groups (Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behaviour Therapy), as well as cultural adaptations to existing programs (e.g., Cognitive Behaviour Therapy canoe journey). As well, Dr. Mushquash will discuss how cultural values can inform appropriate approaches and will examine where evidence-based treatments share commonalities with our cultural values. Emerging trends in reaching rural and remote youth (use of technology) will be presented, as well as the evidence on the use of traditional healing practices with youth (e.g., Drum-assisted Recovery Therapy). Practical issues in building Indigenous practices into youth work will be discussed.

Practical Strategies for Bolstering Resilience as a Daily Practice
Christine WekerleMcMaster University

This workshop will review research on resilience programming with a special emphasis on the dayto-
day resilience activities that can form part of a “Resilience Practice.” Many effective and promising resilience interventions are brief (5 – 15 minutes) and are well suited to be offered to parents, school classes, and directly to children and youth in group or individual sessions. These include mind-body practices (e.g., breathing exercises), mindset-focused work (e.g., gratefulness, self-compassion), as well as activity-based (e.g., gaming approaches such as “SuperBetter” or “Tetris”). These practical strategies provide immediate feedback to the client group, are easy to engage in, and portable to any situation. In this workshop, we will work through these activities.

Question & Answer Panel

Drs. Goldstein, Mushquash and Wekerle will answer your site-specific questions on promoting resilience and locating resilience resources.

For conference registration, click here.

Ann WatkinsComment