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Get ready for Convention 2021

For parents

Parents/guardians are invited to join Dr. Michael Ungar as he presents Nurturing Young People’s Resilience hosted by the District Parent Advisory Council as part of Convention 2021 next month.

Registration is underway for the hour-long talk, which takes place on Wednesday, May 12, between 7 and 8 p.m., and will be broadcast virtually on Zoom and over the DPAC YouTube page.

• While the event is free, registration is required and can be found here: https://bit.ly/3gJcQBN

• The presentations will be broadcast on the SD42 DPAC YouTube Channel: https://cutt.ly/obrsAin


For teachers

The evening presentation for parents will cap a day of virtual talks for School District 42 staff focused on resiliency and social emotional learning, featuring keynote speakers Dr. Michael Ungar and Dr. Jody Carrington.

Ungar will present Nurturing Young People’s Resilience between 8:30 and 11:15 a.m., followed by Carringon’s Building Resilience Through Relationship between noon and 2:45 p.m. A virtual vendor fair with Western Campus United Library Services starts at 11:30 a.m.

• Registration for all district staff begins today on the Staff Learning Site. Check your school district email on how to register for these events.


About the presenters

Dr. Michael Ungar — Nurturing Young People’s Resilience: How Risk and Responsibility Help Kids Thrive (8:30 to 11:15 a.m.)

As both a family therapist and a world-renowned researcher on resilience, Michael Ungar has noticed that society has become so overprotective that children never have a chance to develop the normal coping strategies children need for independent lives. Though the stats tell us that children today are safer than ever before in history, parents are failing to give them what Michael has called “the risk-taker’s advantage.” The results are a generation of bubble wrapped kids with anxiety disorders, an inflated sense of entitlement, or misguided efforts to find their own rites of passage into adulthood, often with catastrophic results.


Dr. Jody Carrington — Building Resilience Through Relationship (noon to 2:45 p.m.)

Over the past 15 years, Canadian Dr. Jody Carrington has assessed, treated, educated, and empowered some of our most vulnerable and precious souls on the planet. She is a child psychologist by trade, but Jody rarely treats kids. The answer lies, she believes, in the people who hold them. Especially when kids have experienced trauma, that’s when they need big people the most. Some of her favourites include educators, parents, first responders, and foster parents. Jody has shifted the way they think and feel about the holy work that they do.

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