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APRIL 18-20, 2017
Toronto Marriott Downtown
Eaton Centre Hotel

Fostering Resilience and Building Skill—New Frontiers in Youth-Oriented Prevention

Wednesday, April 19, 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Ballroom A&B

Initiatives to reduce problem gambling and other high-risk behaviours among youth have become increasingly sophisticated. This session explores some leading-edge programs for high-risk youth that go beyond providing information to fostering skill development and resilience, specifically targeting early signs of risk that are often ignored.

What evidence is there that they work? What is the right age to start? Are there risks to starting too early? And, what can be learned from these programs for the development of prevention initiatives for adults?

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Patricia Conrod, Ph.D.

Department of Psychiatry, Université de Montréal

Patricia Conrod is a registered clinical psychologist with the Ordre des Psychologues du Québec, professor of psychiatry, Université de Montréal and visiting fellow in the Addictions Department, King’s College London. Her research team is based at the CHU Sainte-Justine Mother and Child Hospital Centre in Montreal.

Her experimental research focuses on factors that make people more susceptible to seek out behavioral reinforcement from drugs of abuse. More recently, her research findings have led to the development of new approaches to substance abuse treatment and prevention.

Dan Reist

Centre for Addictions Research of BC
Dan Reist is Assistant Director at the Centre for Addictions Research of BC at the University of Victoria. Dan actively helps schools, families and communities effectively address substance use from a health promotion perspective. His knowledge mobilization team is involved in assessing evidence, supporting health literacy and healthy public policy and facilitating collaboration.

Ian Wybron


Ian Wybron is Head of Social Policy at the UK think-tank Demos. He is currently leading a gambling-harm prevention pilot in secondary schools across England. His primary research interests are in education and skills, risky behaviours, and public health.


Jeff Derevensky, Ph.D.

International Centre for Youth Gambling problems and High-Risk Behaviors, McGill University

Jeffrey L. Derevensky is Professor, and Director of Clinical Training in School/Applied Child Psychology, Chair of the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology; and Professor, Department of Psychiatry at McGill University where he is the Director of the McGill University Youth Gambling Research and Treatment Clinic and the International Centre for Youth Gambling Problems and High-Risk Behaviors.