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Why attend a CBIE webinar?
  • CBIE webinars cover the hottest topics, emerging trends and latest research in the field of international education. They allow participants to access cost effective training to stay ahead of the curve and remain competitive.
  • CBIE webinars feature internationalization experts, timely topics and case studies.
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Upcoming Webinar: Integrating Resilient Mindsets into International Student Advising

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 | 1:00-2:00pm ET

In this webinar, Dr. Diana Brecher, Scholar in Residence of Ryerson Student Affairs and Arif Abu, Coordinator and DLI-R of Ryerson Student Support will present how ThriveRU seeks to encourage student excellence by fostering mental wellbeing. This webinar will also discuss how Ryerson ISS is infusing the 5 factors models of thriving in international student advising.


Ryerson International Student Support has introduced a personal development framework of advising to ensure international students have intentional, developmental interactions with their International Student Advisor (ISA). The Personal Development framework of Advising allows the advisors to get to know all new international students within the first six weeks of class. Using Bloom and Martin’s Appreciative Advising model, Martin Seligman’s PERMA- positive psychology, and Ryerson’s ThriveRU model, ISAs ask positive, open ended questions to assist students in identifying and clarifying their goals. Discussing the five core elements of psychological well-being and happiness, students are empowered to thrive, especially when they experience challenges in achieving their goals. In a recent study, 90 percent of respondents reported that they were very satisfied with their appointments with their ISAs and interested in incorporating at least some of the five factors of resilience that are central to the ThriveRU model in their lives.

About the Presenters

Dr. Diana Brecher is a clinical psychologist who has been with Ryerson’s Centre for Student Development and Counselling (CSDC) since 1991. In addition to her clinical work, Diana has been supervising interns in the CSDC Practicum and Internship Training program since its inception twenty years ago.  As adjunct faculty in the Ryerson Psychology Department she is currently teaching a graduate course CBT for Masters level students.

Diana’s long-standing interest and certification in Positive Psychology led to a year-long secondment to the ThriveRU program within Student Affairs.  Her current role is to train students, faculty, and staff in her 5 Factor Model of Resilience.  Diana’s long term goal is to infuse Ryerson University’s programming, services and curriculum with principles of resilience and flourishing and to help facilitate a cultural change within the university.

Arif Abu is the Coordinator of International Student Support office of Ryerson University. Arif oversaw the completion of the Speaking Your Language program, funded by the Ontario government, a tri-campus initiative intended to learn more about how to address the unique mental health needs of our international students

His knowledge on the experience of international students comes from firsthand experience as well as his academic studies at the University of Windsor (MA in Political Science and BA with honors in International Relations and Development Studies). In 2013, Arif was awarded North Star Emerging Leader in International Education by the Canadian Bureau of International Education (CBIE).

Arif is the Co-Chair of Internationalization of Student Affairs CoP of CACUSS and the founder of INTL a professional network of CBIE dedicated in building next generation of international educators.

Webinar Policy

CBIE webinars are open to all professionals interested in deepening their knowledge in internationalization. If you have questions about your registration, send an email to learning@cbie.ca.

Following the live session, all webinar registrants receive a recording of the webinar, as well as a pdf copy of the presentation, if used.

CBIE will assist you if you have technology problems connecting to the webinar and we encourage you to test the software on the computer you plan to use prior to the webinar. Though CBIE will do its best to identify the source of the problem, CBIE is not responsible if technology problems prevents you from attending the live session.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do CBIE webinars work?

Step 1: Check that you have the necessary technical equipment (see below).

Step 2: Register and pay the fee by completing the Registration Page and CBIE Webinar Payment Form. You will receive a confirmation email with details on accessing the webinar.

Step 3: At the time of the webinar, access the webinar by clicking on the unique link contained in your confirmation email sent to you after registering for the webinar.

Please note: The webinar details sent to you are unique to your registration. You are welcome to gather your colleagues to participate in the webinar at one device, but the link to access the webinar will not work if forwarded.

What does it cost?
  • $110 CDN per webinar for CBIE member representatives. Check if your institution is a member.
  • $155 CDN per webinar for those from non-member institutions.

No refunds are issued. A participant who is unable to attend a webinar will be offered a credit towards a future webinar (taking place within 1 year of the date of the original webinar).

What are the technology requirements and can I test my system ahead of time?

Participating in a CBIE webinar requires a device with an internet connection, and speakers or a headset. CBIE uses GoToWebinar. To avoid technical problems, please open the session a few minutes prior to the start of the webinar. If your device requires a plug-in to view the webinar, you will be prompted and this can be downloaded quickly.

Check your system compatibility here.

View the GoToWebinar system requirements here.

How do I ask questions during the webinar?

We encourage all webinar participants to raise questions and make comments during the webinar session. The chair of the webinar will notify participants at the beginning of the webinar of the presenter’s preference for taking questions and comments. Please respect that some presenters may wish that participants hold their questions until the end of the presentation.

Questions and comments should be raised by typing into the webinar questions box. If you wish to raise your question or comment orally, you will need to ask for your audio to be activated by typing this request into the question box (this option is not available for all webinars).

Will participants receive a copy of the presentation?

Yes. All registered participants will receive a copy of the webinar recording and a pdf copy of the presentation, if used.

Can I purchase a recording of a past webinar?

Yes. Purchase a past recording from the webinar archives.

Can more than one person attend the webinar using the same registration link?

Yes. You are welcome to have as many participants at your institution attend the webinar as you would like. You will simply need to arrange for all participants to meet in one location to view and listen to the webinar from one device.

Please do not share your login details with others.

Each registrant will have a unique URL. It is important to save your webinar connection details. Multiple attempts to connect to a webinar using the same login details will void the login link for the registrant, and you will therefore no longer be able to access the webinar.