Nurturing Resilience: Nine Ways Families, Schools, and Communities Can Help Young People Thrive

When: Tuesday, November 30 - 10:00 AM

Duration: 1 hours

Location: Zoom

Event Details:

In this story-filled presentation, Dr. Ungar shows that the resilience of children and youth who have experienced adversity depends on much more than their individual ability to overcome challenges. It is just as much the result of how well their families, schools, service providers and communities work together to help vulnerable young people navigate their way to the resources they need for wellbeing, and whether those resources are made available to children in ways they experience as meaningful. In addition to exploring what resilience means to people from many different backgrounds, Dr. Ungar provides nine practical strategies parents, caregivers, social workers, mental health care providers and educators can use to help children heal, no matter a child’s experience of emotional, psychological or physical violence.

Specific learning objectives for this presentation are:

  1. To understand how children with complex needs use “problem” behaviours to enhance their resilience and wellbeing when more socially acceptable solutions are not available;
  2. To become familiar with how to assess resilience;
  3. To learn about nine resilience-promoting resources necessary for positive child development;
  4. To discuss ways services can be structured for children and their families that make resilience more likely to occur.

About the Presenter:

Michael Ungar, Ph.D., is a Family Therapist and registered Social Worker and Professor of Social Work at Dalhousie University where he holds the Canada Research Chair in Child, Family and Community Resilience and directs the Resilience Research Centre. His research on resilience around the world and across cultures has made him one of the best-known scholars in the field. He is the author of 17 books for parents, educators, mental health professionals, and employers, including his most recent works Working with Children and Youth with Complex Needs: 20 Skills to Build Resilience (2nd Ed.), a book for front line workers in human services, Change Your World: The Science of Resilience and the True Path to Success, a book for adults experiencing stress at work and at home, and an open access edited volume titled Multisystemic Resilience: Adaptation and Transformation in Contexts of Change. His blog, Nurturing Resilience, can be read on Psychology Today’s website.

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