As part of our efforts to innovate and even “disrupt” the usual conference formats, we have turned the conventional keynotes into “Keynote Conversations.” We are thrilled to announce that Dr. Dorothy Espelage and Dr. Isaac Prilleltensky have agreed to give the first Keynote Conversations. They are both not only distinguished researchers, but also engaging speakers.
In each Keynote Conversation, the speaker will give a 15-minute talk and the rest of the hour-long session will be conducted as an interview. The interview format will allow speakers to share some of their professional story and “lessons learned” from long and successful careers. The interview will also focus on ways that audience members can incorporate the speakers’ work into their own research, prevention, and intervention. Keynote Conversations will set the tone for keeping the focus on meaningful future possibilities throughout the conference.
Building Protective School Communities through Social-Emotional Learning
Dr. Dorothy Espelage
Increasingly, schools are being charged with the task of creating safe spaces for youth, teachers, staff, and families. Social-emotional learning (SEL) approaches promote protective factors that can deter violence and encourage all school members to work toward caring and inclusive communities. For the first 15 minutes of this keynote session, Professor Espelage will present promising SEL approaches to violence prevention that adults and youth can use every day in classrooms and other settings. These strategies and skills will be situated within a discussion of how the larger school environment can support youth and adults in a constant school improvement process.
The presentation will be followed by an interview with Professor Espelage. Topics will include how Professor Espelage became convinced of the value of social-emotional learning for youth, and ways that researchers, teachers, and providers can incorporate the tools of SEL into their own work and help promote well-being in all children.
Dorothy L. Espelage, Ph.D., is Professor of Psychology at the University of Florida. She is the recipient of the APA Lifetime Achievement Award in Prevention Science and the 2016 APA Award for Distinguished Contributions to Research in Public Policy, and is a Fellow of APS, APA, and AERA. Dr. Espelage is best known for influential work on bullying and numerous randomized control trials of violence prevention programs, leading to more than 175 publications. Her work is particularly notable for her focus on translating empirical findings into prevention and intervention programming. This work has been funded by the CDC, the U.S. Department of Justice, and numerous other agencies. She has served as an advisor to the White House, members of Congress, and the Department of Health and Human Services on bullying and bully prevention. Her quest to end bullying, homophobic teasing and other forms of peer violence has led her to strengths-based approaches, including SEL and programs such as Sources of Strength, which emphasize positive peer norms, generosity, and other strengths. Dr. Espelage is a dynamic speaker who has appeared on many television news and talk shows, including The Today Show; CNN; CBS Evening News; The Oprah Winfrey Show, Anderson, Anderson 360 and has been quoted many times in the national print press, including Time Magazine, USA Today, People, Boston Globe, and the Wall Street Journal.
ResilienceCon is truly delighted to welcome one of the most influential and prolific researchers working today.
Mattering: The Role of Wellness and Fairness in Building Resilience and Strengths
Dr. Isaac Prilleltensky
Mattering is about feeling valued and adding value. This concept refers to the phenomenological experience that one matters, that one is important, and that one’s life has meaning. There are two essential components to the experience of mattering: feeling valued and adding value. There are three sources to the experience of feeling valued: self, relationships, and community. These three sources also act as recipients of the value we want to add to life. In other words, we derive value from, and add value to, self, relationships, and community. There are two kinds of value that we derive from, and add to, these three pillars of mattering: wellness and fairness. We derive wellness from self, relationships and community, and we add value by contributing to wellness in self, relationships and community. The same can be said for fairness. We feel valued by experiencing fairness in self, relationships, and community, and we add value by promoting fairness in these three pillars of mattering as well. Feeling valued and adding valued are essential to build strengths and resilience in life. For the first 15 minutes of the presentation, Dr. Prilleltensky will present theory and research to promote mattering and well-being with online tools using humor and interactivity.
The presentation will be followed by an interview with Dr. Prilleltensky, hosted by ResilienceCon co-chair Dr. Victoria Banyard. Topics will include Dr. Prilleltensky’s path to a focus on mattering, lessons learned in his work, and ways that all of us can promote feeling valued and adding value, whether this be in our own lives, in our work, or in our communities.
Dr. Isaac Prilleltensky, Ph.D., was born in Argentina and has lived and worked in Israel, Canada, Australia, and the United States. He is Dean of Education and Human Development at the University of Miami, the inaugural Erwin and Barbara Mautner Chair in Community Well-Being, and the Vice Provost for Institutional Culture. He has published eight books and over 120 articles and chapters, and is best known for his work in the promotion of well-being in individuals, organizations, and communities; and in the integration of wellness and fairness. He is the recipient of the 2014 “Lifetime Achievement Award in Prevention” by the Society for Counseling Psychology, Division 17 of the American Psychological Association. He is also the recipient of the 2011 “Distinguished Contribution to Theory and Research Award” of the Community Psychology Division of APA. In addition, he received the John Kalafat Award for the Practice of Community Psychology from the same division of APA. Isaac is also a fellow of the American Psychological Association and of the American Educational Research Association. He is leading an interdisciplinary team developing assessments and online interventions to promote interpersonal, community, occupational, psychological, physical, and economic (I COPPE) well-being. Isaac is a vegan and fitness aficionado. A memorable presenter, he speaks several languages and has given keynote addresses in 26 countries. His humor columns have been published in the Miami Herald and Miami Today. His latest book is The Laughing Guide to Well-Being: Using Humor and Science to become Happier and Healthier (2016).
ResilienceCon is honored to welcome a trailblazing community psychologist who has made significant contributions to the discipline.