15th May 2021
Call for abstracts open
15th September 2021
10th October 2021
Abstract submission deadline
25th October 2021
Notification of abstract acceptance
25th November 2021
Programme of the conference
1st January 2022
Call for manuscript submission
1st March 2022
Manuscript submission deadline
Michael Ungar, Ph.D.
Canada Research Chair in Child, Family and Community Resilience Director, Resilience Research Centre, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada
Diagnosing Resilience: A Multisystemic Model for Positive Development in Stressed Environments
Using examples from his research and clinical practice around the world, Dr. Ungar will explore patterns of resilience in contexts where children and adults are affected by social marginalization, migration, violence and mental disorder. His work is demonstrating that resilience can be “diagnosed” with sensitivity to culture and context, identifying factors that are most likely to have the greatest impact on behavioral outcomes at different levels of risk exposure. Dr. Ungar’s program of research provides support for an ecological, culturally sensitive interpretation of what resilience means to those who experience extreme forms of adversity and the many ways mental health professionals can intervene to improve the wellbeing of people with histories of exposure to stress and trauma.
Michael Ungar, PhD., is the founder and Director of the Resilience Research Centre and Canada Research Chair in Child, Family and Community Resilience at Dalhousie University. He is the former Chair of the Nova Scotia Mental Health and Addictions Strategy, executive board member of the American Family Therapy Academy, and a family therapist who continues to work with mental health services for individuals and families at risk. His international series of studies spans six continents and has changed the way resilience is understood, shifting the focus from individual traits to the interactions between individuals and their social, institutional, built and natural environments, including health and social services. In addition to over 200 peer reviewed papers, Dr. Ungar has authored 16 books including his most recent, Multisystemic Resilience: Adaptation and Transformation in Contexts of Change (Oxford University Press, 2020) and Change Your World: The Science of Resilience and the True Path to Success (Sutherland House, 2018).
Professor Manfred Spitzer
Neuroscientist, psychiatrist and psychologist
Medical Director of the Psychiatric University Hospital in Ulm
The Head of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Ulm
Founder of the Ulm Transfer Centre for Neuroscience and Learning
Digital Information Technology in Times of the Pandemic: What did we learn?
Professor Manfred Spitzer, a renowned German neuroscientist, psychiatrist and psychologist, studied at the University of Freiburg. From 1990 to 1997 he worked as a senior physician at the Heidelberg Psychiatric University Hospital. Since 1997 he has been the Head of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Ulm, where he founded the Ulm Transfer Centre for Neuroscience and Learning in 2004.
He taught at some of the world’s largest universities, including Harvard, Heidelberg, Oregon, and many others.
He has authored numerous professional and scientific papers, and books in the field of neuroscience, psychiatry, psychology, learning and child development, including the book Digitale Demenz: Wie wir uns und unsere Kinder um den Verstand bringen in which, based on scientific findings, he discusses consequences which the time spent in front of digital media screens can have on a developing brain. His last book was published in 2020 under the title Pandemie: Was die Krise mit uns macht und was was daraus machen.
He has received numerous honors and awards, including the Duphar Research Award of the German Society for Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Neurology, the Cogito Award, and the Margrit Egner Award by the foundation with the same title.