Caregiving & Resilience: Supporting youth in adversity, in transition, and in community

Last modified by Ann Watkins on 2016/04/07 17:19


Youth are facing new opportunities and challenges from an environment that is socially wired together, tackling complexities such as cyber-bullying and sexting, a pressured landscape for achieving developmental milestones in education, career and health. Likewise, caregivers and communities, recognizing the increasing rates of distress, are looking for resilience models. This webinar will tackle the everyday realities that may challenge youth and young adult mental health. We will look at resilience aspects in parenting approaches that fit well with youth resilience. Together, we are looking to help youth to identify as connected contributors to family and community, developing competency and mastery, as persons with options and opportunities. We invite participants to check out our youth suicide prevention and resilience mindset video based on research findings at:


Dr. Wekerle Slides:  Adolescent resilience: Focus on Practical Strategies

Dr. Mushquash's Slides:  Practical Strategies for Working with Indigenous Yout

Dr. Goldstein's Slides:  Supporting Transitional Age Youth 



Dr. Christopher Mushquash is Ojibway and a member of Pays Plat First Nation. He is a Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Mental Health and Addiction. He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at Lakehead University and the Division of Human Sciences at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM). Dr. Mushquash is a member of the Advisory Board for the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Institute of Aboriginal Peoples’ Health. In addition to his academic appointments, Dr. Mushquash is a clinical psychologist at Dilico Anishinabek Family Care, providing assessment and treatment to First Nation children, adolescents, and adults.

Dr. Abby L. Goldstein is a clinical psychologist and Associate Professor of Counselling and Clinical Psychology at OISE, University of Toronto. She conducts research and teaches courses on etiology and treatment of addictions. In particular, Dr. Goldstein utilizes a developmental framework for understanding factors that contribute to risk and resilience for substance use and gambling in emerging adulthood. In addition, Dr. Goldstein teaches courses and provides training on Motivational Interviewing and is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT). She has a small private practice in Toronto.

Dr. Christine Wekerle

Dr. Wekerle is an Associate Professor in Pediatrics and an Associate Member of the Offord Centre for Child Studies at McMaster University. She obtained her Ph.D. (Clinical Psychology) in 1995 from the University of Western Ontario, an American and Canadian Psychological Association accredited program, and conducted her accredited internship at McMaster in Pediatrics. Dr. Wekerle's research areas are broadly in the areas of parenting and the prevention of family violence. She has edited a book on the overlap among child maltreatment, dating and courtship violence, partner violence, and substance abuse ("The Violence and Addiction Equation;" Wekerle & Wall, 2002; Taylor Francis), written a book for a broad audience on maltreatment ("Child Maltreatment;" Wekerle, Wolfe, Miller & Spindel, 2006; Hogrefe, translated into Japanese and Spanish), as well as a book and treatment manual on a dating violence prevention program ("The Youth Relationships Project") which remains one of the few programs evaluated in a randomized control trial with at-risk youth. Dr. Wekerle is Co-editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Child and Adolescent Resilience and Editor for special issues of the International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction. She has also been an active scientist, publishing in peer-reviewed journals since 1987. Dr. Wekerle's current research focuses on child welfare populations, particularly adolescents who are receiving child protection services and their outcome across physical, mental, and financial health domains. She is invested in supporting health and resilience within maltreated populations, and disseminates actively to policy and practice. In 2012, she co-founded the International Society of Child and Adolescent Resilience (

Dion et al. (2014). Relationships between stressful life events, psychological distress and resilience among Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal adolescents.

Tanaka & Wekerle (2014). Dating violence among child welfare-involved youth: Results from the Maltreatment and Adolescent Pathway (MAP) Longitudinal Study.