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Please note that there are two different conference venues:
June 14/15 - Century City Conference Centre
June 16 - Kirstenbosch Conference Centre (transportation available)
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Invited Symposia Presentation Schedule


June 14th, 2017

Century City Conference Centre


Concurrent Sessions 1
Time: 1:00 - 2:30pm

Psycho-educational Risk and Resilience Factors of Children At-Risk
Room Number: 11
Presenters: Jace Pillay, Nontsikelelo Rajuili-Masilo, Trishana Devi Soni, Charnee Beddy
This symposium presents the findings of mixed methods research conducted with children experiencing various forms of vulnerabilities, such as, children orphaned because of the HIV/AIDS epidemic and young teenage mothers. The psycho-educational and social experiences of the children and youth are explored clearly indicating factors that put them at risk. More importantly, the resilience of some of them to survive against all odds are emphasised. Based on the findings recommendations are made on support interventions.


Concurrent Sessions 2

Time: 2:40 - 4:10pm

Co-producing resilience research
Room Number: 11
Presenters: Angie Hart, Simon Duncan, Naydene de Lange, Mosna Khaile
This symposium gives an overview of three exciting projects that are being coproduced by teams of young people with lived experience of adversity, academics, students and practitioners. We will share research findings and discuss some of the key approaches to co-productive resilience research that we have taken.


Concurrent Sessions 3

Time: 4:30 - 6:00pm

Family resilience in theory and practice

Room Number: 10
Presenters: Kristin Hadfield, Awie Greeff, Louise Yorke, Tapologo Maundeni, Gilles Tremblay
This symposium will focus on how individuals and families adjust to challenging life events and structural adversity. We will outline new understandings of family resilience theory and provide a number of applied examples of how this concept can be used to inform research and practice. 


June 15th, 2017
Century City Conference Centre

Concurrent Sessions 4
Time: 8:00 - 9:30am

Resilience expressed in contexts of vulnerability in the Global South 
Room Number: 11
Presenters: Silvia H. Koller, Clarissa Pinto Pizarro de Freitas, Maria Angela Mattar Yunes, Charnee Beddy
This symposium will emphasize the innovative knowledge in positive psychology produced in the Global South, related to the research about resilience and vulnerability. It gathers a clear agenda that takes cultural perspectives and diverse contexts into account to understand variables such as well being, coping, and resilience among vulnerable populations. 


Concurrent Sessions 5

Time: 9:30 - 11:00am

Young people’s transition out of care towards young adulthood: Locating youth resiliencies within community contexts in Africa and Europe
Room Number: 10
Presenters: Adrian D. van Breda, Robbie Gilligan, Kwabena Frimpong-Manso, Sue Bond
Young people in care are frequently removed from their communities of origin, making the transition out of care into young adulthood particularly challenging. This symposium explores the personal environmental resiliencies that facilitate successful care-leaving transitions, showcasing the importance of a network of possible selves, in-care, community and workplace resources.

Supporting Resilience Among Youth in Communities facing Ecological Challenges in the United States, Canada, and South Africa
Room Number: 11
Presenters: Joy D. Osofsky, Howard J. Osofsky, Michael Ungar, Mark Tomlinson
A multidisciplinary group of researchers and community and industry partners are studying the resilience of young people and the systems with which they interact to sustain and nurture resilience. The collaborative project includes six communities, two in Canada, two in South Africa, and two in the United States. With its international representation, the collaborative will deepen the understanding of resilience in contexts where there have been catastrophic climatic events. The challenges experienced in the three regions impact significantly on ecological systems, with social, economic, and environmental components and affect the health and well-being of youth. It is crucial to identify and enable processes that protect young people’s health and foster resilience while moderating or eliminating those that have a negative influence.  The overall goal of the symposium is to share knowledge on how young people adapt and develop their patterns of resilience to support positive outcomes.  The symposium will enhance a broader understanding of the social and environmental determinants of healthy development and interdependent systems that influence resilience in mitigating the negative impacts of disaster and climate change.

Concurrent Sessions 6

Time: 1:30 - 3:00pm

Researching Resilience in Brazil and Portugal - Adolescents, Families and Communities
Room Number: 9
Presenters: Renata Maria Coimbra, Ana Almeida, Maria Angela Mattar Yunes, Normanda Araujo de Morais
The symposium will present four studies carried out by Brazilian and portugueses researchers, focusing on the methodological procedures used to analyse resilience processes and promotion  on adolescentes involved in drug trafficking, in at-risk families, different educational contexts and at-risk communities.    

Male youth health matters: Trauma and resilience
Room Number: 10
Presenters: Christine Wekerle, Jones Adjei, Sarah Brown, Jennifer Fraser
Understanding health risks and promoting resilience in male youth with sexual violence experience: A Canadian initiative. This Symposium will be co-chaired by Dr. Christine Wekerle, McMaster University and Joan van Niekerk, MSW, Past-President, ISPCAN : Advocacy and resilience: From legislation to professional practice. 


Concurrent Sessions 7

Time: 3:00 - 4:30pm

Southern African Indigenous Pathways to Resilience
Room Number: 10
Presenters: Liesel Ebersöhn, Funke Omidire
Southern African indigenous pathways to resilience findings are shared. Lenses for non-western knowledge generation is presented given largely western knowledge in psychology. Age-old care and support interventions in seven high adversity, predominant non-western Southern African settings continue to buffer against structural disparity in the absence of policy-regulated services.

The neurobiology of resilience and gene-environment mechanisms
Room Number: 11
Presenters: Justine Gatt, Michael Pluess, Alan Emond, Robert Paul
The neuroscience of resilience is a burgeoning field. This symposium will present leading edge theory and research in resilience from human studies. The role of environment versus genetics will be specifically discussed, and their modulating role on brain function drawing on examples from neuropsychological and brain imaging techniques.