Delinquency or Resiliency? How "Problem" Behavior Can Be A Child's Hidden Path to Resilience

taught by Michael Ungar, Ph.D

Course description

“We see it in our classrooms and on the evening news: an endless stream of children and teenagers who act with seemingly senseless disregard for themselves and others. But there is another side to this. Dr. Michael Ungar's work with troubled youth has shown him that the behaviours that worry us most as parents, caregivers, police, counsellors and educators, are those that are sometimes a young person's best strategy for survival—in short, what we see as negative and even dangerous behaviour is actually hiding a positive and healthy search for resilience. In this report, Dr. Ungar untangles “problem" behaviours and provides new ways for us to recognize, understand and strengthen hidden resilience".

Michael Ungar, Ph.D
Michael Ungar, Ph.D
Dalhousie University
Associate Professor, School of Social Work, Dalhousie University
Michael Ungar, Ph.D.,
is both a family therapist and a Killam Professor of Social Work at Dalhousie University. He is currently the Network Director of the Children and Youth in Challenging Contexts Network and founder and Co-Director of the Resilience Research Centre that coordinates more than five million dollars in funded research in a dozen countries. That research is focused on resilience among children, youth and families and how they together survive adversity in culturally diverse ways. 
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