AVERT (Addressing Violent Extremism and Radicalisation to Terrorism) Research Seminar
Building on Dr. Ungar’s research in more than a dozen countries, this presentation explores how an emerging systemic understanding of resilience can account for how young people cope with experiences of exclusion without engaging in acts of violence. Resilience will be shown to be the result of how well individuals, their families and communities work together to help those who are vulnerable navigate their way to the resources they need for wellbeing, and whether those resources are available in ways that young people experience as meaningful.
Specifically, Dr. Ungar will discuss seven factors that contribute to the resilience of refugee and immigrant youth as well as young people who have experienced historical oppression. His work suggests the need for an ecological, culturally sensitive interpretation of what resilience means to youth and young adults who must cope with social and political unrest, marginalization and racism. Dr. Ungar will discuss each of the seven factors associated with resilience along with strategies individuals and social institutions have used to make resilience-promoting resources more available and accessible, including an innovative measure (the YRVE) developed in collaboration with Dr. Michele Grossman that assesses youth resilience to violent extremism.
Dr. Michael Ungar is the founder and Director of the Resilience Research Centre and Canada Research Chair in Child, Family and Community Resilience at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada. He received his PhD in Social Work from Wilfrid Laurier University in 1995 and 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 works with mental health services for individuals and families at risk. With over ten million dollars in funding over the past decade, Dr. Ungar’s international program of research has changed the way resilience is understood, shifting the focus from individual traits to the interactions between young people and their families, schools, workplaces, and communities. He is the author of 15 books that have been translated into five languages, numerous manuals for parents, educators, and employers, as well as more than 170 scientific papers and book chapters. His blog Nurturing Resilience appears on Psychology Today’s website.
Light refreshments provided