Will the COVID-19 pandemic make the next generation more resilient?

Making children’s resilience the lasting legacy of this pandemic

International Speaker Dr Carolyn FitzGerald joins us on this week’s webinar. Dr FitzGerald is an Assistant Professor and the Graduate Coordinator in the Faculty of Education at Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada.

This webinar was recorded on Thursday 16 July 2020.

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About the webinar

“Now, more than ever, our young people need to experience their family as caring, sensitive and responsive to their needs,” says Dr Carolyn FitzGerald.

Join our international guest speaker this Thursday night for an informative webinar that looks at the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our children, their hopes and fears, and the need for guidance, support and care from their parents.

  • Will this event in history make the next generation more resilient?
  • What support role do parents best play in this scenario?
  • Why are ‘Big Ideas’ important for children during this pandemic?

Find out answers to these pressing questions and more from a leading world expert on resilience.

About our speaker Dr Carolyn FitzGerald

Dr. FitzGerald received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Western University in Ontario, Canada in 2002 and her MA in Clinical Psychology in 1994. She is an Assistant Professor and the Graduate Coordinator in the Faculty of Education at Wilfrid Laurier University, and teaches courses in the graduate and undergraduate programs in the Faculty of Education, in the areas of quantitative research methodology, learning theories and child development, and equity and diversity.

Dr. FitzGerald’s main area of interest as an instructor and researcher is mental health.  She teaches courses on mental health at both the undergraduate and graduate level, and is the developer and instructor for the Mental Health Certificate, a unique 80-hour seven module non-credit course for educators wanting to improve their knowledge of and ability to support students with mental health challenges.

At present, Dr. FitzGerald is conducting research on principal mental health, pre-service teacher mental health, and the efficacy of mental health professional development for the K-12 teaching population.

Coming soon in our Resilience Series

  • Thursday 30 July: Building Resilience into your Life: Why resilience is important and how to train your brain’ with Associate Professor Justine Gatt from Neuroscience Research Australia.


July is Resilience Month at The Fathering Channel

Resilience is not something we are all born with – it is the learned response to challenges, risks, fears that confront us, and how we respond to them, get back up and move forward.

Resilience is important for several reasons; it enables us to develop mechanisms for protection against experiences which could be overwhelming, it helps us to maintain balance in our lives during difficult moments or stressful events like COVID-10, and it can also protect us from the development of some mental health issues in our lifetime.

Join us this month for a series of academic lead webinars for fathers, father figures and partners on building resilience with leaders in their field from Australia and Canada on the Fathering Channel.

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