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Lyle S. Hallman Faculty of Social Work

Easton-McCarney Lecture

Too Safe for Their Own Good: How Risk and Responsibility Help Children and Teens Thrive
Jul 9/14

Date: Jul 9/14 - Sep 25/14
Time: 7:00 - 22:00
Location: CIGI Campus Auditorium, 67 Erb Street West, Waterloo
Cost: Free (registration is required as space is limited)


Date: Thursday, September 25, 2014

Time: 7 to 9 p.m.

Location: CIGI Campus Auditorium, 67 Erb Street West, Waterloo

Free Parking: Available after 5:30 p.m. at the rear of the CIGI campus, accessible from Father David Bauer Drive. 

Cost: This is a free event, but registration is required as space is limited. 

TO REGISTER CALL LAUREN AT 519-884-0710 ext. 5234.

Too Safe for Their Own Good: How Risk and Responsibility Help Children and Teens Thrive

As a social worker and family therapist, Dr. Michael Ungar has become concerned that we may be keeping our children too safe for their own good. If we adults think back to when we were young, didn't the risks we took and the responsibilities we had help prepare us for the challenges we would face later in our lives? Over his years of practice, Michael has seen a disturbing trend: a connection between all the security we offer children and troubling behaviours like anxiety, a lack of responsibility for one’s self and others, drug abuse, early sexual activity and a lack of respect for adults. In this presentation Michael will discuss ways to offer our children and teenagers the right amount of risk and responsibility. He will share what he has learned from families who have found ways to provide their children with the "risk-takers advantage," helping them to grow up to be competent, caring contributors to their families, schools and communities.

A number of Michael's books will be available for sale at the event. Cash only. 

Dr. Michael Ungar

Michael Ungar, PhD, is both a family therapist and a Professor of Social Work at Dalhousie University where he co-directs the Resilience Research Centre that coordinates more than five million dollars in funded research in over a dozen countries. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on the topic of resilience and is the author of 11 books including The Social Worker, his first novel. Among his most recent works are We Generation: Raising Socially Responsible Children and Teens and Too Safe For Their Own Good: How Risk and Responsibility Help Teens Thrive

In addition to his research and writing, Michael maintains a small family therapy practice in association with Phoenix Youth Programs, a prevention program for street youth and their families, and was the recipient of the 2012 Canadian Association of Social Workers National Distinguished Service Award. Michael has made many community contributions which include co-chair of the Nova Scotia Mental Health and Addictions Strategy Advisory Committee, executive board member of the American Family Therapy Academy, and Scientific Director of the Children and Youth in Challenging Contexts Network. 

In the past 10 years Michael has made over 350 invited and peer-reviewed presentations to mental health professionals, parents and policymakers across North America, Europe, Africa, South America and Asia. He sits on several editorial boards as well, including Family Process and the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy. His blog, Nurturing Resilience, can be read on Psychology Today’s website.

Michael received his PhD in Social Work from Wilfrid Laurier University in 1995.

Contact: Lynne Jordan
Phone: 519-884-0710 ext. 5265

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