15th May 2021

Call for abstracts open

15th September 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

Keynote Speakers


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.

Short Biography

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).

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