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Pathways to Resilience III will explore the theme "Beyond Nature vs. Nurture" by considering the many ways we think about resilience around the world and across disciplines. Participants will have the opportunity to reflect on and contribute to discussions regarding a diverse range of perspectives, methodologies, tools, and strategies used by various sectors to better understand resilience and improve research, practice, and policy making accordingly. To help participants navigate the various topics to be explored during our event, we have divided the conference into the six streams described below. Please select the stream that best represents your presentation, paper, or poster.


This stream invites participants to explore a spectrum of modern approaches, methodologies and tools to investigate resilience. The stream involves both quantitative and qualitative research, with an emphasis on mixed methods designs that favour understanding resilience as a culturally and contextually embedded construct. Papers and panels in this stream should highlight the health-enhancing capacities of vulnerable individuals, who against all odds, manage to thrive in unhealthy environments.

Mental Health Interventions

Presentations in this theme will look at treating those who have experienced issues in mental health. The stream will explore a strengths-based model of intervention that draws on the potential capacity of people’s social ecologies (e.g. friends, cousins, parents, teachers, community and cultural mentors, government service providers, NGOs, etc.) as sources of resilience in contexts of significant adversity.

Community Interventions

Similar to the above stream, papers and panels will build on best practice knowledge from both clinical work and studies to understand a "community" as a setting for intervention. Various approaches will be examined including strategies focused on our education system, social networks and public policy. The stream will highlight how individuals and families with complex needs use “problem” behaviours to enhance their resilience and wellbeing when more socially acceptable solutions are not available.

Policing & Corrections

Presentations in this stream will emphasize innovative methods of policing and corrections that support individuals in challenging contexts. The stream will highlight new, innovative models that are currently being employed, while identifying the attributes that were modified from previous structures.


Practitioners and policy-makers who address specific issues are often not the same as those who generate research. This stream concentrates on the importance of developing social policies that are child and youth friendly. Beyond summarizing the benefits of advocacy initiatives, the stream will dissect government systems, identifying areas of improvement that will help shape resilience.

Knowledge Mobilization

This stream will address how knowledge mobilization works to strengthen the connection between evidence and practice. Presentations will explain how the two-way process activates existing knowledge and co-creates new knowledge, fostering change along the way. While this seems to be a simple goal, knowledge mobilization is a complex and often time consuming process. Simply put, this stream will demonstrate how to do knowledge mobilization to get the right information in the right format at the right time to the right people, to influence decision-making.

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