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PHO Grand Rounds: Pathways to Resilience: Nine Ways Families, Schools, and Communities Nurture a Child’s Well-being

Resilience represents more than a child’s capacity to overcome adversity. It is also the result of how well children, their families and communities work together to help vulnerable young people navigate their way to  resources they need for wellbeing and if those resources are available in ways young people see as culturally and contextually meaningful. In this presentation, Dr. Michael Ungar uses examples from his clinical practice and research collaborations to explore the nature of children’s resilience. His work challenges us to think about resilience as something nurtured rather than something innate. In this presentation, Dr. Ungar will provide nine practical strategies that parents, caregivers, health professionals and educators need to help children heal, regardless of emotional, psychological or behavioral problems. Based on material from his two most recent books, Change Your World: The Science of Resilience and the True Path to Success and I Still Love You: Nine Things Troubled Kids Need From Their Parents, as well as case examples from his clinical practice and his research, Dr. Ungar shares what parents and professionals have taught him about why a supportive environment is essential to improving young people’s resilience. 

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Explain how individuals and families with complex needs use “problem” behaviours to enhance their resilience and wellbeing.
  2. Identify how to assess resilience.
  3. List nine resilience-promoting resources necessary for positive child development.
  4. Describe how services can be structured for children, youth and families that make resilience more likely to occur.

Présentateur(s): Dr. Michael Ungar

Dr. Michael Ungar is a Professor of Social Work at Dalhousie University where he holds the Canada Research Chair in Child, Family and Community Resilience. Since 2002, Dr. Ungar has directed the Resilience Research Centre. His clinical work and research spans more than a dozen low, middle and high-income countries, with much of that work focused on the resilience of marginalized children and families, in addition to adult populations experiencing mental health challenges. Dr. Ungar has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on the subject of resilience. He is the author of several books for mental health professionals, researchers and parents. His blog, Nurturing Resilience, is featured on Psychology Today’s website.

Avis de non-responsabilité

The opinions expressed by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies or views of Public Health Ontario, nor does the mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by Public Health Ontario.


Public Health Ontario Grand Rounds are a self-approved group learning activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC). In order to receive written documentation for Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits, please check “Yes” beside the question “Do you require CME credits?” on the registration form.

College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) Affiliate Members may count RCPSC credits toward their Mainpro+ credit requirements. All other CFPC members may claim up to 50 Certified credits per cycle for participation in RCPSC MOC Section 1 accredited activities.

PHO Grand Rounds are also approved by the Council of Professional Experience for professional development hours (PDHs) for members of the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors (CIPHI).

For more information or for a record of registration for other Continuing Education purposes, please contact events@oahpp.ca


Public Health Ontario is committed to complying with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). If you require accommodations to participate in this event, please contact 647-260-7100 or events@oahpp.ca.

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Mis à jour le 18 juin 2019