Mattering researcher Dr. Gordon Flett will delve into what it means to matter to others, and the benefits that result from personal and community efforts to grow a sense of mattering among children and adolescents. The overarching theme is how and why mattering is powerful and foundational in building resilience, adaptability, and civic engagement among young people.
A panel will respond to the presentation with examples of community youth mattering in Maine, primary prevention in Maine, how we start the conversation in our communities.
About the presenter: Gordon Flett is a Professor in the Department of Psychology at York University in Toronto where he has served as the Director of the LaMarsh Centre for Child and Youth Research. Dr. Flett holds a Canada Research Chair in Personality & Health and he is a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science (APS).
Dr. Flett is most known for his influential research on personality in health and mental health. Recently, Dr. Flett has worked on the promotion of resilience in collaboration with school boards in Ontario with an emphasis on the psychology of mattering as a positive force in the lives of children and adolescents. He is the author or co-author of over 250 journal articles and 10 books including his 2018 book on the psychology of mattering and an edited volume on the promotion of mental health in schools.