Resiliency can be learned, says Western Education expert

By: Gerry Rucchin
March 31, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has closed the London Public Library, but it won’t stop the Let’s Talk Education Community Speaker Series.

Education professor Karen Bax’s talk on ‘Resilience can be learned: Helping children bounce back from stress and anxiety’ will now be online. It will still happen – as scheduled – on Thursday, April 9 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

She’ll explore why there’s been a change in youth resilience. Specifically, Bax will discuss why children are struggling with unprecedented levels of stress and anxiety and why they are struggling more than previous generations to “grow up” and become independent.

“Social media, spending less time with peers and a growing culture of ‘safety’ in our everyday lives are some of the reasons I will address during the seminar,” said Bax.

What’s more, Bax will also provide tips for parents and educators on how they can help children learn to bounce back from stress and increase their resiliency.

Bax is an expert on social-emotional learning and the self-regulation of children who have experienced adversity.

As an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Education and as a registered clinical psychologist, she trains future scholars and practitioners through teaching and as a practicum supervisor for PhD students in the School and Applied Child Psychology program. Bax is also the Director of the Mary J. Wright Research and Education Centre at Merrymount. The Centre is a unique university-community collaboration that emphasizes early child development research in real-world settings as well as knowledge sharing.

Let’s Talk Education is a free event open to the general public. Speakers share their research at Western Education to facilitate discussion around important topics in education. This family-friendly seminar is meant for a general audience, but teachers, parents and education stakeholders are encouraged to attend.

‘Resilience can be learned’
Let’s Talk Education Community Speaker Series
Thursday, April 9
7 p.m. to 8 p.m.