Building resilience in Scotland’s boys
EVENT REGISTRATION NOW CLOSED
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
Managing Director, TIGERS Ltd – co-founders of ACE-Aware Nation
Health & Wellbeing Team, City of Edinburgh Council
Head Teacher, Boclair Academy
Professor Ross Deuchar
Professor of Criminology & Criminal Justice, University of the West of Scotland
Mental Health and Wellbeing Development Officer, Youthlink Scotland
Director, Cultivating Minds UK
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
COSLA Conference Centre
19 Haymarket Yards
t: 0131 474 9200