Nurturing Resilience: Nine Things Children Need from their Parents, Schools and Communities

How can we show children we love them even when they push us away? How do we make children more resilient when they are angry, self-harming, anxious, abusive or delinquent? In this story-filled presentation, Dr. Michael Ungar provides nine practical strategies parents, caregivers and educators need to help young people of all ages heal, no matter a child’s emotional, psychological or behavioral problems.

Session participants:

Renewing Our Sense of Calling: Cultivating Inner Resilience in Ourselves and Our Children

For many of us in the serving professions, our professional lives may have started out with a deep inner calling. We may have held onto a sense that our occupation was also our vocation. However, as we continued to serve and lead in a variety of roles, staying connected to this calling and sense of inner purpose may at times have become challenging.

Session participants:

Breathing and Embracing: What Does Mindfulness Have to Do With Resilience?

Mindfulness means “Paying attention in a particular way: On purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally” (Kabat-Zinn). The field of mindfulness-based interventions for adolescents is currently exploding. Emerging mindfulness-based interventions for youth are showing significant promise in helping adolescents to cope with adversity, and promote resilience and positive youth development.

Session participants:

What Does it Mean to be "At Risk"?

The concept of “risk” is frequently used when talking about children and youth. Yet many questions remain about what it means for a child and/or youth to be “at risk.” Some of the questions that will be explored in this session include:

  • What does it mean to be identified as “at risk?”
  • What are the processes and mechanisms that promote or prevent risk?
  • Session participants:

Heart-Mind 2016: Review in Pictures

Heart-Mind 2016: Cultivating Resilience took place October 21-22 at the Bell Centre for Performing Arts in Surrey, British Columbia. As a conference dedicated to helping the adults who teach and care for children, this year was focussed on one of the key positive human qualities that promotes Heart-Mind well-being: resilience. Over the two days, over 650 attendees from all over the BC and from as far away as Brazil and the Netherlands - the largest audience to ever attend a Heart-Mind conference - participated in keynote presentations, workshops, musical performances, Connect and Reflect breaks, and mindfulness activities.

Heart-Mind 2016 In Profile: Eli Puterman

Eli Puterman is a health psychologist and assistant professor at the University of British Columbia in the School of Kinesiology. He has advanced an innovative model of resiliency that suggests that physical activity and other healthy behaviours can mitigate the negative biological impacts of life course adversities. He has published extensively on how stress can affect us and the benefits of living an active life — and demonstrates how this can help us to be more resilient.

What first inspired you to focus your research on the topic of resilience?

Heart-Mind 2016 In Profile: Shelley Moore

Based in Vancouver, Canada, Shelley Moore’s research interests integrate the theory and practice of inclusive education, special education, curriculum and teacher professional development. She is particularly interested in how students of all abilities can be included meaningfully while also contributing to the learning of their peers.

Heart-Mind 2016 In Profile: Monique Gray Smith

Monique Gray Smith is a mixed heritage woman of Cree, Lakota, and Scottish descent and is the proud mother of twelve-year-old twins. She is an award winning author, international speaker and sought-after consultant who has been running her business, Little Drum Consulting, since 1996. Monique’s first children’s book, My Heart Fills with Happiness was released in early February 2016 and has been on the BC Bestsellers List since being released.

Heart-Mind 2016 In Profile: Dzung Vo

Dzung X. Vo, MD, is a pediatrician specializing in adolescent medicine at British Columbia Children’s Hospital, and clinical assistant professor at the University of British Columbia's Faculty of Medicine in Vancouver, Canada. He is the author of The Mindful Teen: Powerful Skills to Help You Handle Stress One Moment at a Time, which uses mindfulness-based techniques to help teens (and parents) to deal with stress and life's toughest situations.
At Heart-Mind 2016, Dr.