UPDATES! Collaborative Action: A National Symposium for Child Well-being in the Middle Years

How are our children doing right now, and how is this changing over time? The MDI tells us so much, but what else is there to learn? Who can we learn it from? How can we be more effective in our goals of enhancing children’s social and emotional wellbeing?

We think the time to answer these questions is now!

Register today for Collaborative Action: A National Symposium for Child Well-being in the Middle Years and help us answer them.

This special, two day HELP event – hosted at the University of British Columbia August 20 & 21, 2018 – is designed to inspire, motivate and strengthen participant’s leadership skills by focusing on child well-being through a systems-thinking lens.

We are excited to gather together leaders in the field of child well-being from across Canada including Dr. Jean Clinton, Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behaviourals Neurosciences, McMaster University, Dr. Mark T. Greenberg, Edna Peterson Bennett Endowed Chair in Prevention Research, Professor of Human Development and Psychology, Penn State, Dr. Michael Ungar, Canada Research Chair in Child, Family and Community Resilience and Professor of Social Work at Dalhousie University, and our own Dr. Kimberly Schonert-Reichl.

We are also excited to share that we have added Author, International Speaker and Consultant Monique Gray Smith, Superintendent of Schools with the Vancouver School District, Suzanne Hoffman, award-winning television producer and interviewer, and Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at UBC, Maria LeRose, Max Bell Foundation Senior Policy Fellow and Executive Director of the Comox Valley Child Development Association, Joanne Schroeder and Tracy Smyth, owner and consultant with Ready to Raise and Senior Editor for Heart-Mind Online with the Dalai Lama Centre for Peace + Education, to our incredible line up.

Day One - Monday, August 20th - focuses on Child Social and Emotional Well-being, generally, providing current research and information about initiatives to promote child well-being, with a particular focus on the middle childhood years.

Day Two - Tuesday August 21st - takes a practical focus, with an interactive workshop demonstrating strategies and tools for using data from the MDI and other sources, as a basis for local decision-making and engagement for child well-being.

• Professionals and practitioners whose focus is in whole or part on middle childhood and who are dedicated to promoting child well-being;
• Researchers interested in child development, and social-emotional well-being in middle childhood;
• Those with some interest in and/or familiarity with the MDI who may have experience of working with MDI data; or who may have an intention to start using MDI Data in cross-sectoral local decision making.
• Those from various levels of government (municipalities, school boards, provincial ministries concerned with child well-being, etc.) to familiarize themselves with the national landscape of child well-being and current initiatives; and
• Those who come from locations implementing MDI in British Columbia, The Northwest Territories, and MDI National sites, as well as those who have advised us on the MDI National Scale-out Project 2015-2018.

Information to date, including schedule overview, registration fees, registration link and location, can be found HERE.