Books

I Still Love You (2015)

This book for parents of children with serious emotional, psychological and behavioural challenges offers nine practical and effective strategies that parents can use to make children change troubling behaviours and become more resilient. Told as the story of three families that meet together weekly with Dr. Ungar at his office, each family’s struggles and successes are proof that with a little guidance and the power of unconditional love, any child can be helped to heal and reconnect.

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Working with Children and Youth with Complex Needs (2015)

Working with Children and Youth with Complex Needs provides a detailed description of techniques and rich stories of how social workers, psychologists, counselors, and child and youth care workers can help young people become more resilient. Building on lessons learned from working in clinical, community and residential settings, Dr. Ungar discusses 20 skills that can enhance the effectiveness of frontline mental health services.

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Youth Resilience and Culture (2015)

Until researchers and theorists account for the complex relationship between resilience and culture, explanations of why some individuals prevail in the face of adversity will remain incomplete. This edited volume addresses this crucial issue by bringing together emerging discussions of the ways in which culture shapes resilience, the theory that informs these various studies, and important considerations for researchers as they continue to investigate resilience.

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The Social Ecology of Resilience (2012)

This book provides evidence for the ecological understanding of resilience across cultures and contexts by showing an ecological interpretation that acknowledges the importance of people’s interactions with their environments and how these environments make resilience more likely to occur.

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The Social Worker (2011)

Joey is not your typical social worker. He burns down houses to solve bureaucratic deadlocks, steals to get his clients bigger welfare cheques, and lies if it stops intrusion in young client’s lives. Joey’s plan for revenge against the system that failed him may have worked, except buried in old agency files are untold family secrets. Joey remembers all too well what it felt like to be a client. In and out of foster homes, his father dead, his mother an abusive emotional wreck, Joey put his talents as a juvenile delinquent to good use in secure custody.

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Counseling in Challenging Contexts (2011)

In this text, Michael Ungar introduces a new social ecological model designed to integrate the best of what we know about individual and family counseling and case management with practical applications of strengths-based interventions in clinical, community and institutional settings.

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Researching Resilience (2009)

While categorization has always been prevalent in the social sciences, recent trends have tended to label various behaviours as disorders. Researching Resilience challenges this tendency to pathologize, and marks a profound shift in research methods from the study of disorder to the study of well-being.

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We Generation (2009)

Through inspiring stories taken from Dr. Ungar’s clinical work with children, youth, and families, and research gathered from around the world he shows how the close connections kids crave and the support that adults provide can help kids realize their full potential.

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Resilience In Action (2008)

Mental health specialists and researchers contend that the development of resilience in youth is facilitated at several different levels; relational, cultural, individual and governmental. This book looks at youth interventions with a view to fostering resilience in those living in adverse situations and conditions.

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Too Safe for Their Own Good (2007)

If we think back to when we were young, didn’t risks and responsibilities help prepare us for the challenges we would face later in life? In this book, Dr. Ungar shares what he has learned from families who have found ways to provide their children with the right amount of risk and responsibility.

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Playing at Being Bad (2007)

Our most troubled youth are far more resilient and healthy than we care to admit. If we take the time to listen to our children, we hear an entirely different story about their lives than the one we adults tell. Unlike many other books about difficult kids that reflect the wisdom of adults, this one explores the truth of adolescence.

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Strengths-Based Counseling with at Risk Youth (2006)

Author and social worker Michael Ungar takes a fresh, hopeful approach to challenging youth by looking beyond the surface of “bad” behaviours to understand them as a way at-risk youth cope with life’s adversities.

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Handbook for Working with Children and Youth (2005)

This text examines lives lived well despite adversity. Calling upon some of the most progressive thinkers in the field, it presents a ground breaking collection of original writing on the theories, methods of study, and interventions that promote resilience.

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Nurturing Hidden Resilience in Troubled Youth (2004)

This is the first text in it’s field to examine resilience as a social construct; it offers a comprehensive theory of resilience and a model for the application of this theory to direct practice with high-risk youth in clinical, residential, and community settings.

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