HELP Talks: Attachment, Play and the Importance of Taking Risks

The Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP) is pleased to announce our November HELP Talks will take place on Tuesday, November 15th (9:30am-12:00pm) in the Clyde Hertzman Boardroom. Please join us for a series of presentations led by Dr. Eva Oberle, Dr. Marlene Moretti and Dr. Mariana Brussoni entitled Building Resilience in Children and Youth: Attachment, Play and the Importance of Taking Risks. A detailed agenda is included below. Please RSVP to if you plan to attend.


Tuesday, November 15th, 2016 at 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
Clyde Hertzman Boardroom, 4th Floor
HELP Office, SPPH Bldg 2206 East Mall
University of British Columbia, Vancouver

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9:30 – 10:00 am: Introduction: Fostering Resilience in Children
Dr. Eva Oberle, Assistant Professor, HELP, SPPH, UBC
A brief intro introduction to resilience; the role of attachment and other developmental systems connected with resilience; and the connection between attachment and risk play as a central factor that promotes “safe” risk0taking and responsible decision making.

10:00 – 10:45 am: Reducing Risk - Promoting Resilience: An Attachment Based Intervention for Caregivers of At-Risk Youth
Dr. Marlene Moretti, Professor, Psychology, SFU and Canada Research Chair in Youth Clinic Psychological Science
An overview of attachment and teen mental health; interventions for families to promote teen mental health; discussion of work with Aboriginal communities, foster families, and “at-risk” teens; translation of research into practice in BC

10:45 – 11:00 am: Break

11:00 – 11:45 am: Rethinking risk: The importance of risky play for children
Dr. Mariana Brussoni, Associate Professor, SPPH, UBC and lead of the CHILDS Play Research and the Injury Research programs
Many of us have memories of childhoods spent outdoors and away from watchful adults. The childhood of today looks very different, with more time spent indoors, supervised, in structured activities, and in front of screens; and with little allowance for outdoor play time and risk taking. This presentation will explore the pressures limiting children's outdoor play time, the research examining the influence of risky play on children's health and development, and strategies to restore balance.

11:45 – 12:00 pm: Questions and Wrap-Up