By Andrea Zeelie-Varga, Parent Action on Drugs
What does a resilient family mean to you?
Participants on our January 29th webinar told us:
A resilient family is...
- a family that communicates in a healthy manner
- a family who is able to support each other in healthy development
- supportive; connected; able to share feelings; able to try new things and take risks
- respectful of each other
- having healthy coping skills in difficult situations
- ability to adapt and cope with hurdles
- connected and supported
- having positive behaviours that help to resist "risky" behaviours
- ability to adapt to changes
The webinar was the first in our online series Family-based Approaches for Building Resiliency in Children and Youth.
Barbara Steep, an equity and engagement lead in the GTA Region Office at CAMH, kicked off the webinar with an introduction and definition of family-based/ family skills programming. Monica Nunes, a research analyst at the Center for Addiction and Mental Health within the MOHLTC-funded CAMH, provided an overview of the evidence base for this type of work and reviewed best practices and guidelines. Learn more about what Monica had to say in the resource list below. Diane Buhler, executive director of Parent Action on Drugs, gave an introduction to best practices guidelines for family skills programs, peppered with program examples.
We also held a discussion with participants to hear about their experiences with family-based programs.
To learn more about the webinar, check out the resources below:
The series continues with two more events!
- An interactive twitter chat (#resilientfamilies) will be hosted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. to facilitate continued discussion. Follow @HC_Link and @PAD_Ontario for more information.
- Part 2 of the series Learning from the Field will take place Wednesday, February 19, 2014 from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. This last webinar of the series will feature community partners who currently deliver family-based programming. A panel of practitioners will identify successes as well as lessons learned, while reflecting on the evidence in this area of practice. The session will provide substantial opportunities for discussion with webinar participants.