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Raising Resilient Children: The Resources Young People Need Before, During and After a Pandemic
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues and many of us are sheltering in place, there is a tremendous strain placed on our young people and their relationships with family, peers and their communities. These tensions can have long-lasting effects on mental health. The good news is that resilience is possible, but it requires more than just a positive mindset. Building on his research from around the world and clinical work with child populations that have experienced the stress of social isolation, poverty, stigma and violence, Dr. Ungar will discuss 12 factors young people need to both survive and thrive during this pandemic. Throughout this fast-paced, story-filled presentation, Dr. Ungar will show that resilience is much more than a child’s personal capacity to overcome adversity. It is instead a reflection of how well families, schools, service providers and communities work together to create opportunities for children and youth to navigate their way to the resources they need for well-being while making those resources available in ways that young people experience as meaningful. Dr. Ungar’s work suggests the need for a culturally sensitive interpretation of what resilience means to children and their families from diverse backgrounds. His presentation will end with four strategies we can teach children to make them better able to cope with an ever-changing world.

Dec 3, 2020 06:30 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Dr. Michael Ungar
Family Therapist; Director, Resilience Research Centre, and Professor of Social Work @Dalhousie University
Michael Ungar, Ph.D., holds the Canada Research Chair in Child, Family and Community Resilience. Since 2002, Dr. Ungar has directed the Resilience Research Centre, leading both the development of interventions that build resilience among young people all around the world, as well as an international program of research and evaluation projects in collaboration with organizations such as The World Bank, The Red Cross, and national public health agencies. Dr. Ungar is the author of more than 200 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on the subject of resilience and has written 16 books for caregivers, educators, mental health professionals, and researchers. These include Change Your World: The Science of Resilience and the True Path to Success, a best-selling book for adults experiencing stress at work and at home, and Working with Children and Youth With Complex Needs, a book for mental health professionals, His blog, Nurturing Resilience, can be read on Psychology Today’s website.
Mary Nanavati, Moderator
Co-founder @Erin Mills Connects
Mary Nanavati co-founded the community organization, Erin Mills Connects, in 2016. Since that time, she has worked for the mental well-being of children, youth and families in the Erin Mills Community. A retired principal of John Fraser Secondary School in Erin Mills, Mary continues to contribute to education through the Ontario Principals’ Council and other organizations. Mary recently started Flourish Co. with a business partner to help individuals, groups and organizations reach and sustain their fullest potential. Over the years, Mary published a range of articles, edited a journal, presented at numerous district, provincial and international conferences, founded and led several organizations and worked with a range of teams. Mary holds a Certificate in Applied Positive Psychology granted in March 2020.