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Tuesday, June 16


Amity Noltemeyer: Resilience in the Schools: Understanding and Fostering Positive Adaptation in At-Risk Students
Resilience in the Schools: Understanding and Fostering Positive Adaptation in At-Risk Students
Speaker: Amity Noltemeyer
Children and adolescents worldwide enter classrooms having experienced a diverse array of adversities and vulnerabilities. Considering the shared goal of school-based professionals to foster success in all students, how can resilience research be harnessed to establish nurturing school environments that buffer these risks and support positive development? This presentation will focus on school-based resilience promotion, equipping attendees with skills to support resilience processes at both a student level and systems level. Attendees will learn about mechanisms undergirding resilience in at-risk students, with a specific focus on risk and protective factors relevant within the school setting. Recommendations for school-based practice emerging from this research-based understanding of resilience will be emphasized. Specifically, a tiered model of school-based prevention and intervention – one that addresses multiple systems of influence, matches supports to students based on their unique risk and protective factors, and uses data to drive decision-making – will be highlighted. Opportunities for interaction, dialogue, case study review, and reflection will be incorporated into the presentation.

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Amity Noltemeyer

Degrees: Ph.D., Kent State UniversityEd.S., Miami UniversityM.S., Miami UniversityB.S., Xavier University

Tuesday June 16, 2015 1:30pm - 5:30pm
Archibald Room NAB 3rd Floor, King's College


Fons van de Vijver: Cross-Cultural Measurement of Protective Factors
Cross-Cultural Measurement of Protective Factors
Speaker: Fons van de Vijver
Much work on resilience is cross-cultural in nature and compares data from different countries or includes culturally heterogeneous samples. In this workshop I will deal with protective factors from three domains (Zautra, Hall, & Murray, 2010): (1) individual characteristics, such as intelligence and personality; (2) characteristics of families, such as family support; and (3) the larger social context, such as cultural norms. On the basis of examples of these measures, measurement issues are illustrated. Both qualitative and quantitative measures and their very different quality assessment procedures are described. It will be illustrated how quantitative measures have more rigorous assessment quality procedures than qualitative measures. The purpose of the workshop is to introduce a way of thinking about scientific research in which assessment of instrument quality is a crucial element.

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Fons van de Vijver

Professor at Department of Cross-Cultural Psychology, Tilburg University, The Netherlands Fons van de Vijver holds a chair in cross-cultural psychology at Tilburg University, the Netherlands and an extraordinary chair at North-West University, South Africa, and the University of... Read More →

Tuesday June 16, 2015 1:30pm - 5:30pm
KTS Lecture Hall NAB 2nd Floor, King's College


Linda Liebenberg and Linda Theron: Using Visual Methods to Study Resilience
Arts-Based Approaches to Understanding Youth Resilience in Culturally Sensitive Ways
Speakers: Linda Theron, Linda Liebenberg 
In this workshop we draw on our collective experience to showcase, and critique, a range of visual participatory methodologies (including draw-and-talk, photo elicitation, participatory video, and clay-modelling) that have supported our researching of resilience with youth from diverse cultures and contexts. We foreground the salience of participants’ and researchers’ cultural ties to the choice of methodology, as well as analyses and dissemination strategies. We include the opportunity for workshop participants to reflect, visually, on the cultural strengths, limitations, and biases they bring to the use of arts-based approaches in their own studies of resilience.

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Linda Liebenberg

Linda is a methodologist, whose research examines the use of both image-based methods and mixed method research designs. She also considers how these facilitate an understanding of young people in marginalised contexts, as well as how these data inform instrument development. She... Read More →
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Linda Theron

I explore why and how South African youth, who have been placed at risk for negative life outcomes, resile. In our social ecology many young South Africans are placed at risk by multiple challenges (think of poverty, HIV&AIDS, child-headed households, escalating divorce rates, ineffective... Read More →

Tuesday June 16, 2015 1:30pm - 5:30pm
Haliburton Room A&A Main Floor, King's College


Michael Ungar: Diagnosing, Nurturing, and Facilitating Resilience Across Cultures and Contexts
Diagnosing, Nurturing, and Facilitating Resilience Across Cultures and Contexts
Speaker: Michael Ungar
With growing interest in resilience among mental health care providers, there is a need for a simple way to think about the complex interactions that predict which children will do well despite the seriousness of the challenges they face. A focus on resilience helps us to understand children’s individual adaptive and maladaptive coping strategies, as well as the social and physical ecologies that facilitate processes associated with resilience. Using case examples of children who have been exposed to high levels of adversity such as family violence, mental illness of a child or caregiver, natural disasters, forced migration, poverty, racism and other types of social marginalization and political conflict, Michael will show how we can assess childhood resilience and use that assessment to guide practice. He will show that by “diagnosing” resilience, we are in a better position to design interventions that are sensitive to the individual, family, school and community factors that influence a child’s wellbeing. Nine factors common to children who cope well under adversity and avoid problems like depression, PTSD, and delinquency will be discussed. This presentation will also explore ways we can intervene to help children cope by changing the social and physical environments that surround them.

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Michael Ungar

Dr. Michael Ungar wears many professional hats. He is equally well known as the author of books for parents and caregivers as he is for his world-renowned research on the topic of resilience. As a writer he has adapted ideas from his research and clinical practice into best selling... Read More →

Tuesday June 16, 2015 1:30pm - 5:30pm
Alumni Hall NAB 1st Floor, King's College


Robyn Munford: Resilience and People with Disabilities
People with Disabilities – Creating Opportunities for Resilience
Speaker: Robyn Munford
This workshop will explore how we can work alongside people with disabilities to create opportunities for resilience. Central to this approach is learning how to build meaningful and enduring partnerships that enable a sense of belonging and that achieve full inclusion and participation in communities. A key focus is on understanding the significant role of support networks including family members, support workers, friends, and community resources. Strengths and citizenship approaches are explored in this workshop. Such approaches accentuate the need to understand the diversity of experience and maintain a focus on how support systems and services can strive to uphold the rights and wellbeing of people with disabilities. The workshop will present a framework that has been used in communities to create respectful and authentic partnerships between people with disabilities and their support networks. This framework takes account of meaning systems, context and experience. Taking an ecological approach to resilience, it focuses on the interaction between the person and their environment and the factors that promote inclusion and full participation of people with disabilities in community life.

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Robyn Munford

Professor of Social Work. Key areas of interest are: social and community work practice, theory and research; community development; disability; strengths and citizenship approaches; reflective practice; children, youth and families; family support and wellbeing; bicultural frameworks... Read More →

Tuesday June 16, 2015 1:30pm - 5:30pm
Seminar Room NAB 2nd Floor, King's College