Dr. Michael Ungar

Canada Research Chair in Child, Family and Community Resilience
Director, Resilience Research Centre
Professor of Social Work, Dalhousie University
AAMFT Clinical Supervisor
Registered Social Worker

March 2, 2022 9:15 am
Keynote - Resilience and Transformation

Though the COVID-19 pandemic has the potential to have long-lasting effects on children’s mental health, children also have the potential to use this crisis to develop greater resilience. This personal and social transformation, however, requires both a child’s individual ruggedness and access to the many resources which support positive child development. Building on his research from around the world and clinical work with populations that have experienced the stress of social isolation, poverty, stigma and violence, Dr. Ungar will share strategies children’s caregivers can use to sustain young people’s wellbeing and even thrive during and after this pandemic.


Michael Ungar, Ph.D., is a Family Therapist and Professor of Social Work at Dalhousie University where he holds a national 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 17 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 Successa 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, 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.