Developmental Resilience

Tuesday, April 30, 2024

pear logo transparent10:00am-4:30pm (includes a 30-minute lunch break)
$165 (includes lunch and all materials)

Presenters: Gil Noam, Ph.D, Ed.D, Founder and Chair; Jamaal Williams, Assistant Director of Training, Partnerships in Education and Resilience (PEAR), Cambridge, MA

Hardship and adversity are unavoidable parts of life. However, youth can emerge from challenging situations stronger than before, able to navigate future hardships. PEAR's Pre- Conference Academy features up-to-date research on youth mental health and resilience from experts at Harvard and McLean Hospital, where PEAR began.

Developmental Resilience is the building block of DEI. It recognizes everyone's challenges and ability to be resilient in challenging environments.

Learning Outcomes

  • Build an understanding of key terminology related to mental health and resilience.
  • Use storytelling to help you and your students face new challenges.
  • Practice identifying and meeting students’ mental health needs by naming de-escalation and support practices within their spheres of influence and control.

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Gil Noam PhD EdD roundGil Noam, Ph.D., Ed.D.

Dr. Noam is an associate professor at Harvard Medical School focusing on prevention and resilience, serves as the Chair of Partnerships in Education and Resilience (PEAR), and leads the Institute for the Study of Resilience in Youth (ISRY) at McLean Hospital. He has published over 200 papers, articles, and books in the areas of child and adolescent development as well as risk and resiliency in clinical, school, and afterschool settings. Dr. Noam is trained as a clinical and developmental psychologist and psychoanalyst in both Europe and the United States.

Jamaal Williams roundJamaal Williams

Jamaal Williams is committed to building youth and educators to affect social change. A graduate of Cornell University by way of Queens, NY, he has used his talents in service- learning programming, group facilitation, and talent development throughout his career. He currently works at Partnerships in Education and Resilience (PEAR) as the Assistant Director of Training where he leads the development and delivery of PEAR workshops and trainings and supports schools and youth-serving programs as they build their capacity for social-emotional learning and development.

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