David Jordan with Agape; Dr. Michael Unger; Tiffany Day with Tennessee Department of Human Services; and Dr. Kenneth Robinson with United Way of the Mid-South
Agape recently partnered with United Way of the Mid-South, The Urban Child Institute and Tennessee Department of Human Services to hold a “Resilience Seminar” for 160 providers and system/organizational leaders over two days. This training featured Dr. Michael Ungar, a family therapist and 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 and designed multisite longitudinal research and evaluation projects. Dr. Ungar’s studies span more than a dozen low, middle, and high-income countries, with many focused on the resilience of marginalized children and families, and adult populations experiencing mental health challenges on the job and in their personal lives. Dr. Ungar has published over 150 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on the subject of resilience in stressed environments and is the author of 14 books for mental health professionals, researchers and parents. Among his best known are Working with Children and Youth With Complex Needs, a book for professional counselors, and I Still Love You: Nine Things Troubled Kids Need From Their Parents, an inspiring story of family resilience written for caregivers and educators. His blog, Nurturing Resilience, can be read on Psychology Today’s website.
Seminar participants gained an understanding of resilience and how it mitigates adverse effects of trauma and toxic stress. They also learned strategies and tactics that help foster resilience in themselves and those they serve.