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Theme: Fostering Resilience: Creating a culture of well-being in schools

Date: August 5 -6, 2019

Hosted by: The Student Support Services Division of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth & Sport, St. Maarten in collaboration with St. John’s University, New York & The St. Maarten Youth Council Association.

Audience: Educators, School Administrators, Social Workers, Counselors, Psychologists, Therapists, community leaders, practitioners, parents


The Caribbean Well-Being conference (CWBC) is a biennial conference held on the island of St. Maarten.

The CWBC seeks to promote the positive development and well-being of children, parents, families, schools and communities. The CWBC aims to inform and educate on best practices to promote children’s well-being by looking at the important role that parents, families, teachers, schools, and communities play in the promotion of well-adjusted, socially and emotionally competent youth.

The CWBC accomplishes our goal by sharing knowledge through education, professional training, and advocacy activities. We aspire to serve as a resource and partner in promoting the positive development of children and families throughout the Caribbean.

The CWBC will offer workshops, and conferences that bring academics, practitioners and families together to discuss best practices in addressing the current needs of youth and families in the Caribbean and those of Caribbean decent.

The CWBC will offer parents and the community access to programs for child and family well-being through public lectures, web resources, workshops, and professional programs.


Full conference registration includes: Paricipation in concurrent sessions, conference material, opening ceremony & keynote presentation, access to the exhibit area

Please contact the St. Maarten Youth Council Assocation at 5485022 or 5485020 in order to register or you may purchase a ticket via this website.


Are you interested in presenting at the CWBC?

Please follow the instructions below before submitting a conference proposal. All Conference proposals must be submitted online via terjesem@stjohns.edu . Please put CWBC 2019 proposal in the subject line of your email. The deadline is March 9, 2019.

The conference is acccepting:

Workshops: 75 minute sessions based on teaching direct skills and application of theory to attendees.

Strands &Topics Index

When submitting you will be asked to indicate which strand of the conference your submission most aligns with:

Strand A: Student Well-being

Strand B: Teacher Well-being

Strand C: Family Well-being

In addition to choosing a strand and discussing relevance (if applicable) to resilience, submissions should be a minimum of 250 and no more than 750 words.

St. Maarten and many other islands in the Caribbean were greatly affected by two major hurricanes in 2017. The CWBC 2019 endeavors to focus on teaching skills/techniques that cater to fostering resilience and self-care. We hope that CWBC contributes to the recovery process for our islands.


The CWBC provides an opportunity to bring attendees and exhibitors together for two event-filled days of exhibit displays and educational workshops. Attendees will have the opportunity to network with exhibitors and discuss products, services, and technologies that will help advance their educational and clinical work. Exhibitors will have the opportunity to have a display at the conference, an insert into the conference bag, and gain exposure to and expand their market reach. If you are interested in more information about being an exhibitor, please contact cwbcsxm@gmail.com


The 37-square-mile island of St. Maarten was first settled by the Arawaks and was discovered by Christopher Columbus on behalf of Spain in 1493. Columbus sighted the island on November 11th, the holy day of St. Martin of Tours, and so named the island after him. For the next 150 years the island was passed between Holland, England, France and Spain. The old stone forts that guard many of the island's inlets are proof of the island's turbulent past. In 1648 St. Maarten was peacefully divided between Holland and France, and today is the smallest landmass in the world to be shared by two sovereign nations.



How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Email: cwbcsxm@gmail.com

What's the refund policy?

No refund

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

Yes, it is your proof of registration



Supporting children's social-emotional development at the building, classroom and student levels.

Presenters: Michelle Collison M.Ed, Dr. Emma Hettrich, Gabriela Duke

Student learning and achievement is enhanced when there is support both for academic development as well as social-emotional development. In this presentation, participants will learn about specific behavior intervention programs that can be implemented at the school wide level, classroom wide level and individual student level to foster and teach appropriate behavior. This presentation is appropriate for all school personnel.

Strand A: Student Behavior

Teaching Boys

Presenter: Dr. Hixwell Douglas

It has been recognized that there exists significant underachievement among boys in many national, regional and international examinations. Research shows that boys are struggling in school, with lower grades, more discipline problems, more learning disabilities, and more behavior disorders when compared to girls (Gurian & Stevens, 2005). Many teachers lament about the difficulties they experience in trying to fully engage boys from diverse backgrounds and with various learning difficulties, in the teaching learning process. Educators now argue that the lack of motivation and poor levels of performance among boys contribute to various acts of classroom in-discipline and poor school outcomes.

To address the learning challenges of boys, some schools have conducted staff development workshops on the use of boy-friendly teaching strategies, to build teacher capacity. Other schools have embarked on the use of single gender learning environments, to give focused attention to the use of approaches that target the structural brain differences, interests and learning styles of boys. In some staff development seminars and workshops, teachers are being exposed to the unique brain characteristics of boys, and a range of fun-filled, hands-on, practical, kinesthetic approaches that can be engaged, to spark the magic to facilitate learning in boys.

Transforming Classrooms through Social-Emotional Learning

Presenters: Dr. Mark Terjesen, Ashley Hicks, Victoria Nicosia

This workshop will present educators with knowledge as to how to promote, develop, and maintain healthy student behaviors in the classroom through integrating Social-Emotional learning. Strategies for engaging families and monitoring effectiveness will be offered as well.

Strand D. Student Well-Being

Breaking the Social Structure of Bullying

Presenter: Dr. Eric Landers

Conflict is almost certain whenever people from different backgrounds are placed in the same setting. In order to lessen the impact of bullying behaviors, interventions must target both the victims and the bullies. This workshop will address the social structure of bullying and action steps for professionals to follow when bullies and victims are identified.

Strand A: Student Behavior

Data analysis and progress monitoring: Evaluating interventions in the classroom

Presenter: Dr. Stacy Williams

This workshop is designed to extend the problem solving acumen of educators implementing and documenting social-emotional and academic interventions in the classroom. Topics to be covered includes an overview of single case research design and baseline logic. Attendees will learn how to use excel and chartdog (i.e. an online program) to manage and analyze data.

Strand A: Student Behavior and Strand C: Academic Achievement

Creating a Caring Learning Community Through Fostering Student Connectedness, Enhancing Parent Communication, and Supporting Faculty

Presenter: Michelle Collison, M.Ed

The goal of this workshop will be to provide attendees with practical and useful strategies/programs that may be easily implemented to create a Caring Learning Environment. Topics and objectives include, but are not limited to, The Peaceful School Bus Program, Leader in Me conceps, and a variety of motivational ideas for school communities.

Strand E: Home-School-Community Partnerships

Missing Dad - Healing Grief in Adolescents with Nonresident fathers

Presenter: Dr. Andrea Francis

Fathers living away from home is keenly felt by their adolecent children. Adolescent grief is manifested in social and emotional problems such as, self injury, suicide ideation, anxiety, and poor academic performance. In this workshop, Dr. Francis will draw from her many years as a school counselor and therapist to examine adolescent grief, at risk behaviors, and father absence. Dr. Francis will present interventions useful to clinicians, counselors and youth workers.

Strand B: Social-Emotional Skills and Strand D: Student Well-being

Identifying, Understanding & Managing Student Behavior: Practical Behavioral Strategies for the Classroom

Presenter: Dr. Magdalena Buczek

Understanding and managing problem behaviors can be really challenging. This workshop will help educators become more confident in managing behaviors in the classroom including disruptive and avoidance behaviors. Behavioral strategies will be demonstrated using case examples, and participants will be encouraged to share personal examples and participate in experiential activities. This workshop is at the beginner to intermediate level.

Strand A: Student Behavior

Working with Children with ADHD in the classroom: Behavioral and Educational Considerations

Presenters: Dr. Emma Hettrich, Dr. Jennifer Flatley-Graham

Children with ADHD can show high levels of hyperactivity, inattention, problems working independently, poor organization and poor emotion regulation. In this presentation, participants will learn about the symptoms of ADHD and commonly co-occurring conditions. Participants will be provided with specific techniques that can be implemented at home and school to support children with ADHD.

Strand A: Student Behavior

Bullding positive social interactions and increasing academic progress through Morning Meeting

Presenters: Courtney Huguenin M.S. , Ryan Hugguenin M.S.

Social emotional skill instruction fosters a positive classroom community and support academic gains. The utility of Morning Meeting as part of the Responsive Classroom approach will be discussed. Attendees will learn the components of Morning Meeting and strategies for implementing these techniques. This presentation may be of interest to elementary and secondary school teachers, school psychologists, and social workers

Strand B: Social-Emotional Skills

A Unique train-the-trainer model for students' community intervention for well-being and resilience post-disaster

Presenter: Dr. Judy Kuriansky

Co-Authors: Dr. Wismick Jean-Charles, Alexandra Margevich, Russell Daisey

A unique multi-dimensional model of interest to health professionals in the Caribbean region was applied in Haiti with students to address the resilience of their communities post-disaster. Results of surveys of the students show increases in their sense of personal well-being and professional competence. Attendees can learn to adapt and apply the techniques easily into their cultural context.

Strand A. Student Behavior Strand B: Social-Emotional Skills Strand C: Academic Achievement Strand D: Student Well-being

Healthy You, Healthy Teaching: How to be a more Mindful Teacher

Presenters: Nora Gerardi, M.S., Dr. Mark Terjesen

Teaching may be a rewarding profession but like any profession that is worthwhile it also comes with some challenges. Among these challenges may be the stress that teachers experience. Helping teachers manage stress and enjoy the role of teaching is key to student learning. Becoming aware of the mind and your body connection is important as we may be in two different places at one given moment. Our minds are generally full, and our bodies may engage in automatic, habitual, or rote behavior. This stands in contrast to mindfulness, which is the act of consciously focusing the mind in the present moment. Being in the present without judgment or attachment can increase our awareness of pleasant events and decrease our struggles and stress. Research has shown that mindfulness decreases anxiety, depressive symptoms, and feelings of stress. Mindfulness skills can also increase attention and work-based or academic-related performance. As such, mindfulness skills have a natural fit in environments with children, including the child's classroom and home. This workshop will teach more about what mindfulness is, including its application in the classroom to help teachers learn how to be here, now.


These sessions are open to all parents and guardians.

6:30 p.m. Parent Workshop

Parenting Through Mindfulness: An Introductory Workshop.

Presenter: Nora Gerardi, M.S.

The greatest gift you can give your child is yourself (Kabat-Zinn). That is, as parents we want to support our children’s growth and can do so through being better “in the moment” parents. The advent of technology and the busy pace many of us engage in may challenge us to be grounded and in the present moment. By learning to be in the moment and experiencing all the joys of parenting, we can become “better” parents to our children. This workshop will help us break out of old parenting behaviors and allowing us to be in the moment with our children and enjoy our most important role…as parents. This workshop will teach mindful parenting practices such as mindful meditations, use of wisdom, promotion of joy and insight, making space for connections and compassion, through the lens and experience of mindful parenting.

7:45 p.m. Panel Discussion

During this panel discussion, attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions pertaining to the well-being of their children to the panelists. Do you have a concern or is there a question you always wanted to ask but did not have the opportunity to? This is your opportunity to get assistance/feedback from our distinguished panelists some of whom are our conference speakers and local Family doctor and BPW Vice President Memberrship, Dr. Tasika Bell. Moderator: Connie Gumbs-Francis, Director St. Maarten Youth Council Association.

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