The Adolescent Health Lab will be presenting at the 4th annual Heart and Mind Conference on October 22, 2016 at the Bell Performing Arts Centre in Surrey, BC.
Abstract: Resilience through Relationships: Promoting Attachment Security in Adolescence
A sense of security in relationships is a profound source of resilience. This is especially true in childhood and adolescence. Adolescence is inherently a challenging developmental period that involves a wide range of neuro developmental, social and emotional changes.Although teens push for autonomy, research clearly shows that they benefit tremendously from a sense of connection and security with those who care for them, including parents, teachers and other caregivers. Attachment security is not set in stone by early childhood; indeed teens and even adults can build security through healthy relationships. Our work has focused on developing a brief, easily implemented and structured program that helps parents and other caregivers build security with their teen. In this 90-minute session, Dr Moretti and Karla Braber will discuss the importance of attachment during adolescence, challenges, and describe the foundations of the Connect program. National and international evidence and feedback from families will be presented. We will try on a few session exercises for size!