Luminary Speaker Series: Dr. Michael Ungar

Submitted on Friday, 12/02/2022 - 11:14 am

Nurturing Resilience: Nine Ways Families, Mental Health Services and Communities Help Children Thrive


  February 2, 2023     |       10:00 AM – 12:00 PM     |       Online     |       $35

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Pathways to Prevention: A Centre for Childhood Trauma is excited to present our Luminary Speaker Series. We are hosting a series of talks with experts in developmental trauma, healthy families, and resiliency. 

In this fast-paced, story-filled presentation, Dr. Ungar will show that young people’s resilience is much more than their individual ability to overcome adversity. It is just as much the result of how well their families, mental health services, schools and communities work together to help young people find the supports they need, and whether those supports are made available in ways young people experience as meaningful.

In addition to exploring what resilience means to children and adolescents from many different cultures and contexts, Dr. Ungar will also provide nine practical strategies mental health care providers can use to nurture young people’s resilience, no matter a child’s emotional, psychological or behavioral challenges. Building on Dr. Ungar’s recent work, Working With Children and Youth With Complex Needs: 20 Skills to Build Resilience (2nd Edition), Dr. Ungar will show how multiple systems need to be part of case plans to help children overcome traumatic pasts and transform their lives despite mental health challenges.

Dr. Ungar’s presentation will be recorded. Those who have registered for the event will receive a link to watch the recording for 30 days after the event.  

Post Event Reflective Practice Sessions


$200 (plus GST & service fee)     |       Online     |     4 sessions

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Are you interested in participating in a reflective practice session related to Dr. Ungar’s presentation?

In our fast-paced world, dedicating time to slow down and reflect can be a challenge. Reflective practice is the process of thinking about our actions and can enable us to enhance our work in meaningful ways. We are offering a 4-month virtual process for those who attend Dr. Michael Ungar’s talk, Nurturing Resilience: Nine Ways Families, Mental Health Services and Communities Help Children Thrive. These monthly one-hour sessions (4 sessions total) will provide an opportunity for dedicated reflection, hosted by a facilitator trained in the Neurosequential Model in Reflection and Supervision. 

Dates: February 14, March 14, April 11, May 9, 2023

About Dr. Michael Ungar

Michael Ungar, Ph.D., is a Family Therapist and Professor of Social Work at Dalhousie University where he holds the Canada Research Chair in Child, Family and Community Resilience. His research on resilience around the world and across cultures has made him one of the best-known scholars in the field. He the author of 18 books for parents, educators, mental health professionals, and employers, including his most recent work Change Your World: The Science of Resilience and the True Path to Success, a book for adults experiencing stress at work and at home, Working with Children and Youth with Complex Needs: 20 Skills to Build Resilience, a book for counselors now in its second edition, and I Still Love You: Nine Things Troubled Kids Need from their Parents, an accessible guide for parents seeking to build their children’s resilience. His blog, Nurturing Resilience, can be read on Psychology Today’s website. 

To view a sample of Dr. Ungar’s work, please go to his personal website, or visit his research website