For Professionals

These books and resources from Dr. Ungar provide professionals with the tools and techniques they need to better support the mental health and resilience of the young people they work with.

New Book!

Dr. Michael Ungar talks about his book Working with Children and Youth with Complex Needs in this video introduction.



James K. Luiselli of New England Psychologist reviews Michael Ungar’s book, Working with Children and Youth with Complex Needs: 20 Skills to Build Resilience.


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Books for Professionals

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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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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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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