20 Skills to Build Resilience

20 Skills to Build Resilience

Working with Young People with Complex Needs

Join internationally renowned family therapist and co-director of the Resilience Research Centre – Dr Michael Ungar – to discover practical, evidence-based strategies to building resilience in young people.


Wednesday 30th September 2015

Time: 9.30am – 3.30pm

Michael Chamberlin Lecture Theatre
St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne
Aikenhead Building (Building E)
Ground Floor
27 Victoria Parade, Fitzroy

Lunch and refreshments provided


Tuesday 6th October 2015

Time: 9.30am – 4.30pm

The Education Centre,
Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital
Bowen Bridge Road, Herston

Lunch and refreshments provided

The Approach

When working with young people from emotionally turbulent and traumatic backgrounds we often focus too narrowly on the individual’s complex needs and problems, and miss the broader sources of healing and resilience in their lives.

This workshop will present a strengths-focused, resistance-proof model for working with young people that makes therapeutic interventions more effective and change more sustainable.

“Michael shows why we need to work just as hard changing the environments that surround young people as we do changing the young people themselves”

Learning Objectives

  • To understand how young people with complex needs use “problem” behaviours to enhance their resilience and wellbeing when more socially acceptable solutions are not available
  • To become familiar with 20 skills associated with a social ecological approach to individual and family intervention informed by research on resilience
  • To discuss the Child and Youth Resilience Measure, an assessment tool that can help clinicians explore the hidden resilience of children and young people
  • To learn about seven aspects of resilience necessary for positive development
  • To develop strategies for working without resistance with hard-to-reach, culturally diverse children, adolescents, and their families
  • To discuss ways services can be structured for children, young people and families that make resilience more likely to occur

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Dr Michael Ungar

Michael Ungar

Dr Michael Ungar – Professor of Social Work
Resilience Research Centre, Dalhousie University, Canada

Dr. Michael Ungar is among the best known writers and researchers on the topic of resilience in the world.

As both a family therapist and professor of Social Work at Dalhousie University, he has helped to identify the most important factors that influence the resilience of children and adults during periods of transition and stress.

He is the author of 14 books that have been translated into five languages, numerous manuals for parents, educators, and employers, as well as more than 135 scientific papers. Dr. Ungar’s books include Too Safe For Their Own Good: How Risk and Responsibility Help Teens Thrive and I Still Love You: Nine Things Troubled Kids Need from their Parents. His blog Nurturing Resilience appears on Psychology Today’s website.

Dr. Ungar is also the founder and Director of the Resilience Research Centre where he coordinates over five million dollars in research in more than a dozen countries.

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