Building resilience in Scotland’s boys
Developing resilience helps children understand and value the importance of looking after their own mental health and equips them with the skills to be able to overcome difficulties and stresses in life. However, for some this process can be particularly challenging – be that caused through trauma, emotional regulation or a lack of caring or supportive relationships.
Continuing our successful series on Supporting Boys, this one-day training conference will use a mix of speaker presentations and roundtable discussion sessions, to explore how we can build resilience amongst Scotland’s boys. It will offer those who work with boys and young men the opportunity to share ideas and experiences of how we can best support them to open up about how they are feeling and provide them with the knowledge and capacity to work through the difficulties or challenges they encounter.
The event will explore the following key themes –
- The impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) on resilience
- The link between attachment and resilience
- Mentoring boys to reach their full potential
- The importance of early intervention
- Reaching the most excluded boys in our society and the impact of street culture
- The power of community
|DR. SUZANNE ZEEDYK, Research Scientist and Developmental Psychologist
PAULINE SCOTT, Managing Director, TIGERS Ltd – co-founders of ACE-Aware Nation
PROFESSOR ROSS DEUCHAR, Professor of Criminology & Assistant Dean (Research, Enterprise & International), University of the West of Scotland
SEAN HUMPHREYS, Mental Health and Wellbeing Development Officer, Youthlink Scotland
GRAHAM GOULDEN, Director, Cultivating Minds UK (Conference Chair)
The latest figures on suicide in Scotland show that men are three times more likely than women to take their own life and, for the third consecutive year, suicide in young males aged 15-24 has increased. Our understanding of the likely risk factors and behaviours leading to suicide has increased over recent years, however experts are still uncertain as to why the complex set of social, clinical, cultural and psychological factors that increase this risk are particularly prevalent for men, especially young men.
The number of children seeking help for mental health issues has been rising over the last number of years. This is a welcome trend. It is a sign that young people understand more about their own mental health and, as the stigma around mental health issues reduces, are more confident about coming forward to seek the help and support they need.
However boys are often less likely to actively seek that help than girls. Many teachers and other professionals, report that it can be difficult to encourage boys to speak about how they are feeling – those struggling with their mental health will often try to hide it, making the problem worse. Yet our boys and young men face a range of pressures and stresses – be they caused by schoolwork and educational expectations; Adverse Childhood Experiences; negative body image or low self-esteem; bullying and peer pressure; social media and the fear of missing out; or the impact of pornography on their sexual development.
Creating a culture that encourages boys to open up about how they are feeling and provides them with the knowledge and capacity to work through the difficulties or challenges they encounter will be critical to ensuring as many boys as possible receive the help and support they need.
We are currently working on the programme for this event and will update this area of the webpage soon.
If you are interested in speaking or contributing to the discussions, contact Mark on 0131 344 4611 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Suzanne Zeedyk is a research scientist fascinated by babies’ inborn capacity to communicate. Since 1993, she has been based at the University of Dundee, within the School of Psychology. In 2011, she set up her own independent training enterprise to disseminate more widely the science of the early years. She now spends much of her time speaking to the public about our human need for emotional and physiological connection. She is able to bring to this her research expertise on topics including parent-infant relationships, family support, communicative disorders, and the socio-political contexts that frame our responses to scientific information. She works closely with organisations throughout the world to increase awareness of the decisions we take about caring for children, illuminating the way in which those decisions are integrally connected to our vision for the kind of society we wish to build.
Pauline Scott is Managing Director of TIGERS Ltd. TIGERS are a well-established Scottish Training Provider, Employment Broker and recruitment company, specialising in the training and preparation of Young Persons aged 16-24 for entry into primarily the Construction, Childcare, Business Administration and Mechanics industries as well as other sectors.
Since taking a leading role in the company, Pauline has worked to ensure relationships occupy a central role in the values, practice, policies and vision of the business. Her team’s enthusiastic embrace of the science of Adverse Childhood Experiences has led her to believe in the power of this information to transform not only the lives of young people but also the wider business community.
TIGERS are the co-founders of ACE-Aware Nation, which hosted a 2-day Conference in September 2018, attended by 2200 people. ACE-Aware Nation exists to foster the power of relationships to prevent and mitigate the impact of ACEs.
For more information, visit – www.tigersltd.co.uk
Professor Ross Deuchar is a Scottish criminologist, known primarily for his work on gangs, masculinity, street culture, violence and gang desistance and also on policing, procedural justice and focused deterrence strategies.
Ross constantly strives to include the excluded, and regularly produces research insights which prioritise the voices of the most disadvantaged and hard-to-reach in our society. His work has spanned across three Continents of the world, having worked with the most marginalised and hard-to-reach gang members on the streets and in youth clubs, secure accommodation and prisons and conducted ethnographic research on gang intervention programmes in Scotland, Denmark, the United States of America and Hong Kong. Ross has also engaged in participant observation of frontline police practice, street advocacy and youth work in both the United States of America and Scotland.
In March 2010, Ross was runner-up for the Economic and Social Research Council’s prestigious Michael Young Prize in recognition of his research into gang culture in the West of Scotland. In 2016-17, he was the recipient of a prestigious Fulbright scholarship award and spent a semester as Fulbright scholar-in-residence within the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Florida Atlantic University, USA.
Ross is the author of the pioneering new book ‘Gangs and Spirituality: Global Perspectives’ (2018, Palgrave MacMillan), which was featured on the BBC Radio 4 ‘Thinking Allowed’ programme in the summer of 2018.
He has also authored the highly acclaimed book, ‘Gangs, Marginalised Youth and Social Capital’ (2009, Trentham); its sequel ‘Policing Youth Violence: Transatlantic Connections’ (2013, Trentham, IOE Press); co-editor of ‘Researching Marginalized Groups’ (2016, Routledge) and co-author of ‘Young People and Social Control: Problems and Prospects from the Margins’ (2017, Palgrave MacMillan).
You can find out more about Ross and his work on his website – https://rossdeuchar.me.uk/
Sean Humphreys is Mental Health and Wellbeing Development Officer for Youthlink Scotland (the national agency for Youth Work). Sean is a counsellor, therapist, practice supervisor, coach and training consultant with experience of working in the field of psychology and its applications to therapeutic settings, leadership and educational environments.
He has presented at conferences in other areas of Europe as well as in Britain in recent years and has over two decades of experience of building relationships and working with young people, both in one to one and group settings in communities across Scotland.
Graham Goulden, BA, is an experienced and committed violence prevention trainer. For thirty year’s he was a Scottish police officer and Chief Investigator specialising in criminal investigation, drug investigation, training and crime prevention. For the last eight years of his policing career he was a key member of the Scottish Violence Reduction Unit (www.actiononviolence.org.uk).
In 2010 Graham introduced The Mentors in Violence Prevention Programme (MVP) into high schools across Scotland, successfully handing over the overall lead to Education Scotland in 2017. MVP is a leader in bystander education in the United States (www.mvpstrat.com). Graham continues to support MVP development in Scotland as well as being a trainer for the US MVP organisation.
In addition, he has conducted numerous trainings and keynote speeches in Scotland, England, Wales, Sweden, and in the United States. In addition to conducting bystander trainings, Graham has expert knowledge and experience in embedding violence prevention programmes within local government, and has been able to build sustainable models for the longer term.
Graham has delivered prevention trainings in many different settings including high schools, colleges, universities, in work places, in prisons, with military and police and with professional and amateur sports in the UK and United States. Graham has worked with many different individuals and groups using bystander activities to engage audiences in the prevention of violence. Graham has worked with hairdressers, dentists, vets, fire officers, police & prison officers, bar & security staff, the military as well as in local communities.
Graham is a passionate advocate of the MVP Programme and the bystander approach. He is committed to engaging individuals making it clear that we all have a role in the prevention of violence in our communities. Since retiring from the police service he has set up the organisation ‘Cultivating Minds UK’ with the primary aim of starting conversations in many different settings and communities to promote healthy relationships and successful outcomes. He continues to work with the violence reduction unit in prevention work across Scotland and the UK.
Graham holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice Studies and a Certificate in Training from Napier University, Edinburgh. He lives with his family near Edinburgh.
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COSLA Conference Centre,
19 Haymarket Yards,
Tel: +44 (0)131 474 9200
By Rail, Haymarket Station.
Approximately 5 minutes walk.
By Air, Edinburgh Airport.
Approximately 15 minutes away.