Upcoming Webinar: Thrive at Home: Coping During COVID

Description: Feeling isolated at home, with a smaller social network? Wonder how others are coping with the stresses of the COVID-19 new reality? Please join us for a lively discussion on caring for yourself and others with Dr. Diana Brecher from Ryerson University, who will share her tips for resilience in these challenging times.

Join us in our Free Webinar! The session will be followed up by an informative Q&A session.


Dr. Diana Brecher: is a clinical psychologist who has been working at the Ryerson counselling centre since 1991. She was the clinical director from 1994 - 2011. She is also adjunct faculty in the Ryerson Psychology Department, teaching graduate-level courses in CBT and clinical supervision.

Four years ago, Diana started the ThriveRU program, which deeply rooted in positive psychology and is dedicated to teaching resilience. Diana's long term goal is to infuse Ryerson's programs, services and curriculum with principles of resilience and flourishing and to help facilitate a cultural change within the university. 

Dr. Deena Kara Shaffer: PhD, MEd, BEd, (Hons)BA, OCT is the Coordinator of Student Transitions and Retention at Ryerson University, and the President of the Learning Specialists Association of Canada. Whether by immersion in nature, somatic programming, digital strategies, or arts-based provocations, Deena helps students learn how to learn, and to do so from an equity-guided, research-driven, health-promoting approach. Formerly a learning strategist with Ryerson’s Disability Services Office, and a skilled OCT teacher, Deena offers a holistic, empathic, and joy-based pedagogical stance. Deena is co-initiator of the Thriving in Action resilience intervention, and oversees the Portage paddling program and Mood Routes campus st/rolling initiative. Deena holds a doctorate in nature-based pedagogy and learning strategies, and is also a trained yoga teacher (200 hour), restorative yoga teacher (60 hour), mindfulness meditation teacher, published poet (The Grey Tote, Véhicule Press, 2013), and a writer, public speaker, and consultant on learning and wellbeing.


 Please visit our website frequently for updates on new webinar topics.  And, if you have a suggestion for a topic we should feature in support of nurturing resilience in children and youth during this difficult time, please contact us.

If you have any questions, please contact: pamelasariyannis@psychologyfoundation.org

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  “What I like was that in this time of the pandemic I am still able to learn new things/refresh by online learning.” - Michael Guignard, Child and Youth Worker - Sudbury Catholic District School Board 

“I found it very applicable to our current situation and I learned things beyond my base of knowledge of how our children are being affected by it. It helped me mentally to feel I was engaged in learning something that would help my children and students. It gave me a better understanding of things from their viewpoint and thus more empathy.”

“I have been an ECE for 20+ years and most times I take some kind of PD it's similar to others I have done...but this time I truly learned something NEW! Thank you!”

“I really appreciate that there have been and continue to be so many webinars, it really helps us all connect during such uncertain times.”

“This webinar was concise and shared pertinent information in an appropriate way for the audience. I am excited to pass this along to my staff and parents of students.”



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