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Reaching IN, Reaching OUT


Thursday, November 08, 2018 - Thursday, November 15, 2018

9 AM - 4:15 PM

Rosedale on Robson Suite Hotel ,
838 Hamilton St ,

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Learn how to model and teach resilience approaches to young children aged birth to eight years. 

In this two-part, evidence-based program, participants learn how to support children's resilience by training adults how to role model thinking and coping strategies while simultaneously enhancing adult-child relationships. Learn the 3Rs of resilience and develop skills to create a relationship-based reflective practice and a culture of resilience in programs serving young children.

Adapted from 35 years of research by Dr. Martin Seligman and colleagues at the University of Pennsylvania, the RIRO program is designed to help adults help young children steer through life’s inevitable bumps in the road and make use of opportunities for optimal growth and development. Research shows that children as young as two years begin to copy how adults in their lives respond to daily stresses, serious challenges and opportunities for growth. When adults use the RIRO skill-set in their own lives, they become role models for children by demonstrating effective thinking and coping strategies in response to both adversity and opportunity. 

Part 1:  Thursday, November 8, 2018
Introduces adults to key resiliency research and skills that enhance self-regulation skills and promote a ‘resilient’ perspective and flexible approach to handling conflict, problems and everyday challenges. 

Part 2: Thursday, November 15, 2018
Helps adults apply the resiliency skills directly with children by: 

  • Increasing their understanding of children’s thinking and behaviour
  • Supporting children’s development of seven critical abilities associated with resilience 
  • Introducing child-friendly approaches using children’s literature, puppets and resilience-building activities. 

Lunch:  On your own -- there is a restaurant in the hotel "Original Joe's" as well as plenty of other options nearby. Coffee/Tea will be provided.