Building resilience in Scotland’s boys

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LATE OCTOBER 2020

CENTRAL EDINBURGH

ONE-DAY CONFERENCE

EVENT REGISTRATION NOW CLOSED

Event Outline

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

Supported by

Speakers

Dr. Suzanne Zeedyk

Research Scientist and Developmental Psychologist

Pauline Scott

Managing Director, TIGERS Ltd – co-founders of ACE-Aware Nation

Pattie Santelices

Health & Wellbeing Team, City of Edinburgh Council

Douglas Brown

Head Teacher, Boclair Academy

Professor Ross Deuchar

Professor of Criminology & Criminal Justice, University of the West of Scotland

Sean Humphreys

Mental Health and Wellbeing Development Officer, Youthlink Scotland

Graham Goulden

Director, Cultivating Minds UK

Agenda

09:00-09:30     Registration and arrival refreshments

Session One – Understanding resilience and growing up in Scotland

09:30-09:40     Chair’s Welcome and Introduction
Graham Goulden, Director, Cultivating Minds UK

09:40-10:40     “You’re a big boy now, who doesn’t need so many cuddles”: How baby boys’ fragile stress management system shapes their masculinity

  • What is a baby’s ‘stress management system’?
  • What does the latest science reveal about innate differences in boys’ and girls’ stress management systems?
  • How does this gender difference intersect with cultural norms that shape boys’ performance and experience of masculinity, emotions and relationships?

Dr. Suzanne Zeedyk, Research Scientist and Developmental Psychologist

10:40-10:50     Opportunities for Questions and Discussion

10:50-11:10     Tea and coffee break, opportunities for networking

Session Two – The importance of educators in building resilience

11:10-11:40     Start with the adults present in the lives of children and young people

  • We cannot talk about resilience without talking about shame
  • Do we really want our boys and men to show their vulnerability?
  • What happens when the adults learn to lean in to their own emotions?

Pauline Scott, Managing Director, TIGERS Ltd – co-founders of ACE-Aware Nation

11:40-11:50     Opportunities for Questions and Discussion

11:50-12:40     Navigating the River of Life

  • Why we are teaching resilience to children in primary schools
  • Introduction to Skipper and the River of Life analogy
  • 10 things identified by the research that we use to build understanding of resilience in pupils, staff and families

Pattie Santelices, Health & Wellbeing Team, City of Edinburgh Council

12:40-12:50     Opportunities for Questions and Discussion

12:50-13:40     Lunch and opportunities for networking

Session Three – The impact of society on shaping boy’s resilience

13:40-14:10     Understanding the pressures on our young men – reaching the most vulnerable and excluded in our society

  • Why are young men driven to gang violence, drug misuse and drug supply?
  • How masculinity is socially constructed and the links with vulnerability
  • The impact of social media on boys and young men
  • The real cost of exclusion and how schools / education can help

Professor Ross Deuchar, Professor of Criminology & Criminal Justice, University of the West of Scotland

14:10-14:40     Resilience – The power and importance of community

  • Community – the foundation of mental health and wellbeing
  • How can we harness the building blocks of community?
  • Working together to develop individual and collective resilience

Sean Humphreys, Mental Health and Wellbeing Development Officer, Youthlink Scotland

14:40-14:50     Opportunities for Questions and Discussion

14:50-15:20     Developing a relationship-based approach to learning

  • What does inclusion look like in a secondary school?
  • How do we change the culture of a profession?
  • Can the inclusion dream be realised?

Douglas Brown, Head Teacher, Boclair Academy

15:20-15:30     Opportunities for Questions and Discussion

15:30-15:45     Chair’s Closing Remarks

Venue

Hosted by

COSLA Conference Centre
Verity House

19 Haymarket Yards
Edinburgh
EH12 5BH

t: 0131 474 9200

www.cosla.gov.uk/conference_centre