Protective Resilience for Kids and Teens: The Link Between Child and Youth Vulnerability and Adult Addiction

This workshop will focus on the following:

  • Developing protective skills and behaviours for kids and youth 
  • The role of mentors (teachers) as one of the most crucial protective measures 
  • The changing role of teachers (toward mentorship)
  • Pathways to promote holistic youth development in teaching environments
  • Facilitation skills for the classroom
  • Strategies for reducing the risks of mental health and addictions challenges for kids/youth and as protective measures for later adulthood
  • The role of technologies and their addictive capacities
  • Creating a supportive educational community

Participants will get answers to the following questions:

  • What role can mentors play in helping kids and youth navigate positive pathways?
  • What are the best interventions to redirect vulnerable kids and youth toward health?
  • How do we identify the best moments of intervention and support?
  • How should we talk about cannabis, alcohol, vaping, gaming, and related issues?
  • How do we best deal with technology and its impacts on child and youth vulnerability?
  • How can we support ALL kids and youth who have situational vulnerabilities?
  • How are teaching and learning being modified by broader social changes, and how might we best consider the expanded roles of teachers as mentors?


A08 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Room 1/2 Gym

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B08 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
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  • Dr. Ross Laird