Okanagan Skaha Teachers' Union
697 Martin Street, Penticton BC  V2A 5L5
Phone: 250-492-4915     Fax: 250-492-5540

Session 11
Creating Resilience in the Classroom
Lucy Stephens
This presentation focuses on evidence-based practices that foster resiliency in students. Although students come with varying academic abilities, their levels of success often depend on their ability to persevere in the face of challenge. The language and techniques that teachers and support staff use, as well as the ways we address student response to challenge, impact student's belief in their own abilities and intelligence. This is true not only for typical students, but is particularly important for at-risk students and students with special needs, as well. This presentation will focus on exploring current ideas about what resilience is for ourselves, as well as how we can foster these in a positive way to increase success of all students.
Lucy is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC) and has a Masters in Counselling Psychology from UBC. Prior to obtaining her Master in Counselling Psychology, she has been a teacher since the early 1990's. Lucy has taught all grades in the private and public sector as well as having worked in Special Education at the High School level.  As an Elementary School Counsellor she incorporates her 27 years of experience working with children and families who are experiencing anxiety, depression, grief & loss, trauma and social, emotional and behavioral stresses. In her private practice, she works with adults, families and secondary and post-secondary students with a client-centered approach to therapy.

Intended Audience:
Elementary and Middle School Teachers, Counsellors, Special Ed Teachers, EA's