Who will be at the conference?
The range of applied, clinical, scientific, legal, social and policy issues that will be addressed in the conference program make it directly relevant to psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, rehabilitation consultants, counselors and psychotherapists, GP’s and medical specialists; cultural anthropologists, youth workers, NGO activists, community and humanitarian workers; spiritual leaders; emergency service and disaster workers, defense, police; justice and legal professionals, human rights advocates and policy makers; researchers, academics, Senior Managers in Business and Industry and educators.
Given a variety of approaches to study coping and resilience and hope building and reviewing practicing skills to enhance in each of these areas, this conference is an opportunity for addressing them from a number of perspectives. Viewed from a Strengths based practicesSbPs) presentations at the conference need to concentrate on the inherent strengths of individuals, families groups and organizations. Deploying peoples' personal strengths to aid their recovery and empowerment- this is the crux of this conference. We are looking for empowering alternatives to traditional methods with individuals, group or organizational work. We wish to see strategies that facilitate change by assisting to look at / what has worked? What does not work? and what might work presently making it important for those who facilitate and those desiring change to be integral to this process of change.
Some of the illustrative topics are listed bellow:
Cross-cultural patterns of coping with hardships; Coping patterns and resilience factors in migration and acculturation; Personal and developmental factors in coping and resilience
Interventions for children and youth to enhance resilience in adverse circumstances
Strengths based Interventions in the field of education, from early schooling to tertiary initiatives; child protection and safety
Resilience after loss and grief; Poverty, structural inequalities and human resilience: implications for policy making
Challenges of coping with disability and mental health issues; Gender issues in coping and resilience.
Strengths based refugee acceptance policy development; Humanitarian Policing; Resilience mechanisms in recovery from individual and collective trauma; Posttraumatic growth after extreme suffering; Challenges of reconciliation in multi-ethnic and post-conflict societies
Best practices in helping individuals in crisis; in empowering communities facing crisis and disasters; Asset-based community development
Spirituality as a coping resource; Spirituality, healing systems, alternative therapies and meditation in enhancing resilience
Remote rural communities, indigenous people and coping with life challenges; Strengthening resilience through e-communities and use of information technology
Resilience development and hope building in urban communities.
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