Resilience During a Pandemic: From Zoom Calls to Dealing with the Economic Crisis, Strategies for Surviving & Thriving

June 11, 2020 :: Dr. Michael Ungar, Director Resilience Research Centre, Dalhousie University
Moderated by SACPA administrator

As the COVID-19 pandemic wreaks havoc on our lives, 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 populations that have experienced the stress of social isolation, poverty, stigma and violence, the speaker will share stories and strategies we can use to not only survive but thrive during this pandemic.

From overcoming the hassle of working from home and providing childcare, to preventing anxiety, the speaker will discuss ways we can make ourselves more psychologically rugged and build our social supports. This presentation will explore how this crisis can be an opportunity for us to have a forthright conversation about how we can make our families, schools, communities, and workplaces better despite the financial stress and grief that has become our new normal.

Speaker: Dr. Michael Ungar, Director Resilience Research Centre, Dalhousie University

Dr. Ungar is a Family Therapist and Professor of Social Work at Dalhousie University where he holds the Canada Research Chair in Child, Family and Community Resilience, and is Scientific Director, Child and Youth Refugee Research Coalition.

Over the past 20 years, Dr. Ungar has done hundreds of interviews for radio, television, podcasts, magazines and newspapers and delivered over 500 keynote addresses all around the world on the topic of resilience. He is among the best-known and best-selling authors in the field with 200 peer-reviewed papers and 16 books. His latest work is Change Your World: The Science of Resilience and the True Path to Success (Sutherland House, 2019).

Date and time: Thursday, June 11, 2020 at 10 am

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Resilience Resources and Information
Praise for Change Your World: The Science of Resilience and the True Path to Success

“What I love about this book is that Ungar rejects the idea that success is something that is completely within our control as individuals and highlights instead the importance of broader, more systemic factors: what’s happening in our families, our community, and our world. Improving our personal circumstances becomes less about changing ourselves and more about joining forces with other people to make things better for all of us”
Ann Douglas
Author, Happy Parents, Happy Kids

“Finally, a book explaining why fixing ourselves with self-help solutions may not be the only, or even the main ingredient, of the secret sauce of life success. Dr. Ungar's real-life stories from his research on resilience, with examples from all across the globe, offer fresh new recipes—and provide a fun and compelling as well as educative read.”
Susan Heitler, PhD,
Author, Prescriptions Without Pills: For Relief From Depression, Anger, Anxiety and More

For More Information

To learn more about Dr. Ungar’s Research study of Youth in Drayton Valley, AB & Secunda, South Africa,
“Resilient Youth in Stressed Environments (RYSE) go to:

To read Dr. Ungar’s blog on “Nurturing Resilience”, on Psychology Today website, go to:

You can read more about Dr. Ungar, and see interviews with him done previously, on his website:

To learn more about Dr. Ungar’s research, go to:

To learn more about his latest book, or to get a copy, go to:
Change Your World: The Science of Resilience and the True Path to Success
Official Book Trailer:
To order:

What Works: A Manual for Designing Programs that Build Resilience (free download)


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