About the Presentation
Every single day, we as parents and educators continue to be the two most significant adult influences on the children and adolescents in our personal and professional lives. As their greatest supporters, we want our influence to be as positive as it can be. It should come as a relief to know that the mutually beneficial outcome we desire is not only possible but even probable when participants are able to apply their strengths throughout their regular interactions. Drawing from psychological principles for this presentation, Dr. Rawana offers specific strategies for learning to use your strengths in building competencies and encouraging positive personality development. With a little effort, these concepts can be internalized to produce greater resiliencies and to promote overall mental wellness.
About the Speaker
Child and Adolescent Psychologist Dr. Edward Rawana is a Professor in both the Department of Psychology at Lakehead University and the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, as well as Director of the Centre of Education and Research on Positive Youth Development in Thunder Bay, Ontario. His work is inspired by the strengths-based approach, an emerging field for psychological study that focuses on an individual’s strengths as the basis for positive development. His work includes foundational research on the topic of strengths and positive development coupled with the translation of this research into practice to facilitate healthy development in children and adolescents. Not only has he published extensively in this field but is also the co-author of several books that are more practice oriented. He has also co-developed a number of psychological assessment inventories that are currently used to assess strengths in children, adolescents, and adults. In 2021, Dr. Rawana was presented with the Distinguished Researcher Award by Lakehead University.