Posts Tagged: healthy development

RESOURCE: Self-Regulation Toolkit

Self-regulation is the ability to manage your own energy states, emotions, behaviours, and attention, in ways that are socially acceptable and help achieve positive goals such as learning, maintaining good relationships, and achieving well-being. Safe and Caring has partnered with The MEHRIT Centre and Dr. Stuart Shanker–one of Canada’s foremost experts in self-regulation–to develop a… Read more »

FOCUS ON: Healthy from Head to Heart to Toe

by: Susan Hopkins, Ed. D, Executive Director of Safe and Caring “Healthy mind, healthy body,” my mom would always say. I often catch myself echoing old adages my mother still sprinkles throughout her everyday conversation: “When it rains, it pours,” “a picture is worth a thousand words” and yes, “healthy mind, healthy body.” The original Latin… Read more »

FOCUS ON: How Do We Know We Are Making a Difference for Children?

Guest Contribution by: Rebecca Gokiert and Karen Edwards, Community-University Partnership (CUP) at the University of Alberta.   Every program manager has wondered “Are we really making a difference?” and “How do we prove it?” In the past decade, the Community-University Partnership for the Study of Children, Youth and Families (CUP), University of Alberta has worked collaboratively… Read more »

FOCUS ON: Early Childhood Development Research & Knowledge Mobilization

Guest Contribution by: Aimee Caster, Communications Director for the Alberta Centre for Child, Family & Community Research (The Centre). Early strong foundations result in the best possible outcomes for children. The research is clear that the most important thing children need to thrive is to live in a supportive environment. That environment must include safe and… Read more »

FOCUS ON: Laying the Foundations for Self-Regulation

Guest Contribution by: Dr. Stuart Shanker, D. Phil, CEO of the MEHRIT Centre, Distinguished Research Professor, Department of Psychology, York University. In their 1996 Report on Aboriginal Peoples, the Royal Commission spelled out how: “Children hold a special place in Aboriginal cultures. According to tradition, they are gifts from the spirit world. They carry within them… Read more »

CHAMPION PROFILE: Dr. Christina Rinaldi

by: Meaghan Trewin, Communications Coordinator Dr. Christina Rinaldi is  a Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Alberta. In addition to being a registered psychologist and respected researcher in the area of child and adolescent social emotional development, she is also a valued member of Safe and Caring’s Board of Directors. What we at… Read more »

POEM: Once and Now by Nicole Mulligan

Nicole Mulligan, of the Pride Centre of Edmonton, submitted this poem to the Society for Safe and Caring Schools & Communities, to share in her personal journey and open up conversations about the value of the support of individuals and community working together to create safe, caring and inclusive spaces for all young people. Once… Read more »

GUEST POST: Using your WITS – Creating responsive communities for the prevention of peer victimization

Guest Post by: Paweena Sukhawathanakul, University of Victoria It takes a community to prevent bullying and promote healthy relationships. The WITS Programs unites schools, families, and communities to create responsive environments that help elementary school children deal with bullying and peer victimization. The WITS acronym stands for “Walk away, Ignore, Talk it out, and Seek help.”… Read more »

GUEST POST: Supporting the Social and Emotional Development of Young People!

Guest Post by: Lana Wells, Brenda Strafford Chair & Safe and Caring Special Advisor As defined by CASEL, Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) “involves the processes through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for… Read more »