Vanessa Bruce Little, Dalhousie University

Vanessa Bruce Little, Dalhousie University

How Not To Bubble Wrap Kids

Too often, we think of stress as bad and something to be avoided. This isn’t entirely our fault – society has trained us to believe these things. Stress is vilified constantly in the media and even our doctors have told us for years to “reduce our stress”. Recent research, however, has helped us understand  that stress is not all bad. In fact, most stress is actually GOOD for you and not experiencing that stress can lead to a host of later problems. This workshop will help you understand the different types of stressors a student might experience and how the stress response activates in the body, as well as how we should be reacting to those stressors and the healthy coping strategies that we can help foster in students.

ABOUT Vanessa Bruce Little

Vanessa Bruce Little is the Knowledge Translation Lead at TeenMentalHealth.Org, a role for which she heavily relies on her background in Clinical Psychology, clinical training and experience working with youth and families with behavioural, emotional and social issues. In addition to developing the content of many of TeenMentalHealth.Org’s resources, Ms. Bruce Little also coordinates large-scale projects and supervises students from a variety of disciplines. She strongly believes that you have to communicate in a way people will “hear” and that the quality of the content is irrelevant if your audience can’t understand it. She obtained her MA Clinical Psychology from the University of Windsor, and BA Honours, Psychology from Dalhousie University.