Resiliency with Dr. Michael Ungar

Dr. Michael Ungar is regarded internationally as a vital resource in the field of resiliency - including how to understand and enhance it. This workshop is valuable for Mental Health, Education, or Social Service Professionals or anyone looking to learn more about resilience and the role it plays in our lives.

Summary and Objectives of the Workshop:

When working with children and adolescents from emotionally turbulent or physically dangerous backgrounds, we often focus too narrowly on the individual’s complex needs and problems - like delinquency, anxiety or conflict with caregivers - and miss the broader sources of healing and resilience in young people’s lives. This workshop will present a strengths-focused, resistance-proof model for clinical and community work that makes therapeutic interventions more effective and change more sustainable. It focuses on skills that professional helpers can use to nurture the resilience of those with whom they work. With ample case studies and fascinating explanations of research, Michael shows why we need to work just as hard changing the environments that surround children as we do changing children themselves.

Specifically, the learning objectives for this workshop are:

1. To understand how individuals and families with complex needs use “problem” behaviours to enhance their resilience and wellbeing when more socially acceptable solutions are not available;

2. To discuss the Child and Youth Resilience Measure, an assessment tool that can help clinicians explore the hidden resilience of children and youth;

3. To learn about nine aspects of resilience necessary for positive development;

4. To develop strategies for working without resistance with hard-to-reach, culturally diverse children, adolescents, and their families;

5. To discuss ways services can be structured for children, youth and families that make resilience more likely to occur.


Eastglen School
11430 68 Street Northwest
Edmonton, AB T5B 1P1

Date & Time:

August 29, 2019 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

For more information and to register, go here.


Event Date: 
Thursday, August 29, 2019 - 09:00 to 12:00