This session will focus on effective strategies and key resources for helping youth manage anxiety. Participants will gain a greater understanding of anxiety and youth-specific anxiety problems. Discussion will cover a range of core cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) strategies for managing anxiety, which include helping youth develop healthier self-talk, learn how to “dial down” physical symptoms of anxiety, and face feared situations.
Dr. Kristin Buhr invites you attend Empower YOUth 2020 (YouTube video)
Presented by Dr. Kristin Buhr
Dr. Kristin Buhr is a Registered Psychologist and Director at the North Shore Stress and Anxiety Clinic. She specializes in the evidence-based treatment of anxiety and mood disorders in adolescents and adults, and regularly provides workshops on mental health issues. Dr. Buhr is a lead consultant for Anxiety Canada, where she has developed numerous self-help resources for adults, parents, and teens coping with anxiety problems, including My Anxiety Plan (MAP), an on-line anxiety management course, and MindShift CBT, a comprehensive anxiety management app.
In this session, delegates will learn about the unique barriers that immigrant and refugee youth face, with the goal of improving your engagement. Walk away with 10 take-aways that can be used to connect with newcomer youths and help them to overcome their challenges.
Presented by Ibrahim Bolow
Ibrahim is the co-founder and a youth leader of EdMeCo. He designs programs and leads initiatives such as mentorship programs so that young people can finish their schooling and get a head start on their career paths. He is also a student studying criminology at Douglas College.
Join your peers in a private Zoom channel, and connect with your colleagues to share your programming challenges and successes during this pandemic. This will be a moderated discussion.
This networking session will take place in a Zoom Meeting to utilize the breakout rooms feature. If you would like information on Zoom Meetings and how to change your session view check out this information page.
Important Note: Live networking sessions are live only and will not be recorded for on-demand access.
In this session, participants will learn about the impact of trauma on an individual and community level, and about the indicators of a trauma informed practice. Learn ways to align your work with the Youth and the Experiential Unity model – a model that aligns with the principals of a Trauma informed Practice.
Presented by Alyson Quinn
Alyson has been an Adjunct Professor at UBC School of Social Work for 7 years, and has been a counselor for 30 years specializing in group therapy, trauma therapy, and conflict resolution. She is a Clinical Counselor with a Masters degree from the University of British Columbia and a Diploma in Conflict resolution from Royal Roads University. Alyson has taught students in a Trauma informed Counseling class, in a group work class and also in an integrative seminar and has a great deal of experience as an individual and couples counselor.
The world of work looks different this year. While it has always been important for young workers and those who supervise them to know how to stay safe in the workplace, COVID-19 necessitates the need for a higher level of protection and awareness. During this presentation, Robin Schooley of WorkSafeBC will look at worker and employer rights and responsibilities, the different controls that are effective in protecting worker health, and explain how everyone in the workplace can do their part to prevent the spread of the virus.
Presented by Robin Schooley
Robin Schooley is part of the Young & New Worker team in Occupational Health & Safety (OHS) Consultation & Education Services at WorkSafeBC. Robin has a background in journalism and communications and brings those skills to educate youth and their influencers. Together with her team, Robin works to reduce injuries among new and young workers by raising awareness, creating empowerment and developing resources for youth, educators, employers and parents.
Some people you serve are challenged in following directions, behave appropriately with others, cross boundaries and are unable to stay within the lines of a planned activity. By the end of the workday, staff can be found exhausted, unsure what to do next, and discouraged by their unsuccessful efforts. Taming a group full of tigers and settling down Tasmanian Devils is no circus act and definitely not an easy task. Learn and utilize a new skill that will bring more balance to a shared environment.
Presented by Jeff Willis
As a skilled energetic facilitator, storyteller, youth worker and speaker, Jeff has spent nearly 30 years working with a variety of organizations using supportive, innovative and experiential techniques to improve team collaboration and community connections. His passion is derived from his breadth of understanding of experiential education, his various senior roles within the outdoor recreation industry, entrepreneurial endeavors and a committed community advocate
We all need a constant reality check about the importance of the characters we play in our communities as we inspire and teach children and youth. Children and youth are seen, heard and believed within our communities. Come and be playful with Jeff Willis as we take a journey of the never ending story of youth work and community change making
Jeff Willis invites you to attend Empower YOUth 2020 (YouTube video)
This session will provide an overview of SAFE's innovative, data-driven approach to diverting youth from the gang landscape. Insights from the first 18 months of the five year project will be shared with the express purpose of offering tangible ways that service providers can enhance collaboration in their communities in order to identify and support vulnerable youth and families. Warning signs for gang recruitment and involvement as well as resources for intervention will also be covered.For those at a policy/decision-making level, there will be follow-up opportunities to connect about considerations such as funding and Privacy Impact Assessments; however, this session is designed to provide takeaways for front line workers supporting youth and families.
Presented by Brian Assebo
Brian Aasebo is the City of Surrey's Community Safety Manager. He provides oversight for a few initiatives, most notably the Surrey Anti-Gang Family Empowerment Program. Prior to his current role, he managed operations of the Youth Intervention Program, Restorative Justice Program, and Victim Services Unit with the Surrey RCMP. Before a career in management, Brian enjoyed a rewarding 10 years as a youth and family counsellor.
Join your peers in a private Zoom channel, and connect with your colleagues to share how you're doing during this pandemic. This will be a moderated discussion.
Join Aisha Kausar, Anmol Parhar, Neil Imada and Simar Vashish, members of the Surrey Leadership Youth Council for some important dialogue. Hear about what motivates youth, explore how to engage youth meaningfully, and discuss how to connect with youth during the pandemic. Get ready to be inspired by a panel of empowering youth.
Presented by Surrey Leadership Youth Council
SLYC is an awesome youth leadership group that helps youth speak up and have their voices heard, with the support of the City of Surrey. Members of SLYC are motivated to empower young people to share their thoughts, opinions, and ideas about their community.
This session will look at a variety of age appropriate, fun and meaningful coping strategies to use with youth, and even for ourselves as care-givers. We will be using the Dialectical Behavior Therapeutic model known as “ACCEPTS” to dive deep into some very practical and proven coping tools.
Presented by Sheldon Franken
Sheldon Franken (B.Ed, M.A.) is a school counsellor for the Vancouver School Board and the workshop facilitator and owner of Inquiry Adventures. Sheldon has presented workshops and Keynotes on active and experiential social-emotional learning to educational and wellness organizations across North America.
In this presentation you will be able to see samples of how technology in being used to foster belonging, build relationship, as well as provide space for the voices of children and youth. We will be exploring the question "How do we connect with children and youth through a variety of apps, and platforms?" The presentation will be prerecorded and you will received a Nearpod code to review the presentation in a self-paced module. Our intension is to showcase various activities and APPS while allowing practitioners an opportunity to explore new ways of interacting with technology that shifts us from consuming to producing! The goal is to break down the barrier of not being a ‘tech whiz’ and confidently experiment wherever our skillset is at! Podcasting, Nearpod, Puppetpals, Animoto, and Chatterpix, Strava, Kahoot, RoundMe…the possibilities are endless.
Yvonne Gomez invites you to Empower YOUth 2020 (YouTube video)
Presented by Yvonne Gomez and Tamara Sykes-Yarwood
Yvonne Gomez, M.SW, is Faculty at Douglas College in the Child and Youth Care program. She describes herself as both tech-curious and phobic! Yvonne sees the value of developing practitioner's understanding of digital citizenship - particular with the children and youth we work and support.
Tamara Sykes-Yarwood, Dipl. CYCC, is a student at Douglas college and an activity leader for the Boys and Girls Club of South Coast BC. Tamara actively looks for new ways to engage with and support the young people she works with while trying to incorporate digital platforms into her practice.
JJ Johnson, City of Port Coquitlam
Kristine Lewis, City of Burnaby
Melanie Clark, District of West Vancouver
Omar Rajan, City of Richmond
Silisha Ali, City of New Westminster