George Brown College Mental Health Conference

18th Annual George Brown College Mental Health Conference

"Enhancing Resilience in the Post-Secondary Environment"

Friday, May 5, 2017
80 Cooperage Street
Toronto, ON

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An educational forum presented by George Brown College's Centre for Preparatory and Liberal Studies and Academic & Student Affairs, with sponsorship from RBC Foundation.


Resilience is not just an individual's capacity to overcome adversity. It is also the result of how well individuals, their families and communities work together to help vulnerable individuals navigate their way to the resources they need for wellbeing, and whether those resources are made available in ways that people say are meaningful to them. Despite the myth of the rugged individual, studies of resilience are showing that our ability to cope with change is not just about having the right personal qualities, but is highly dependent on the types of supports we receive from our employers, families and communities. 

In his presentation, Dr. Michael Ungar will use examples from his clinical practice and research collaborations to explore the nature of resilience. His work challenges us to think about resilience as something nurtured rather than innate. With stories from the individuals and families whom he's met around the world, Dr. Ungar will discuss the factors associated with resilience that make it more likely people will do well, and challenge us to consider these in our work and personal lives. 

Join us for an inspiring and engaging day focused on learning about resilience as it applies to the post-secondary context. Registration includes a delicious lunch, door prizes, wellness activities led by our student peer coaches, and a chance to network with colleagues and new friends. Held for the first time at George Brown College's beautiful new residence!

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General Registration Fees: $120.00 + HST
Student Registration Fees: $60.00 + HST 

Notes: Deadline for all registrations is April 26th at 5 p.m.
Walk-in registrations will only be accepted if space permits.
Fees include a delicious lunch.
Registration fees are non-refundable. 

For payments by cheque, please contact Erika Ortegon at 416.415.5000, ext.2548 or send an email to





The George
George Brown College Residence
80 Cooperage Street [east of Cherry & Front Streets] Toronto, Ontario
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8:00 A.M. Registration & Continental Breakfast 

9:00 A.M. Welcome and Opening Remarks

9:30 A.M. Morning Keynote Presentation: Dr. Michael Ungar Understanding the Socioecological Approach to Resilience 

10:30 A.M. Refreshments

11:00 A.M. Continuation of Morning Presentation

12:15 P.M. Lunch

1:00 P.M. Afternoon Keynote Presentation: Resilience at Work

2:30 P.M. Refreshments

2:45 P.M. Continuation of Afternoon Presentation

3:45 P.M. Wrap Up and Closing Remarks

There will be performances by students in GBC’s Transitions to Post-Secondary Education (TPE) program.



Dr_ Michael Unger

Dr. Michael Ungar, Ph.D., RSW

Canada Research Chair in Child, Family and Community Resilience and Professor of Social Work at Dalhousie University; Founder and Director, Resilience Research Centre; Network Director, Children and Youth in Challenging Contexts Network, AAMFT Clinical Supervisor; Former Chair of the Nova Scotia Mental Health and Addictions Strategy. 

Dr. Michael Ungar is among the best known writers and researchers in the world on the topic of resilience. His work has changed the way resilience is understood, shifting the focus from individual traits to the interactions between people and their families, schools, workplaces, and communities. He is the author of 14 books that have been translated into five languages, numerous manuals for parents, educators, and employers, as well as more than 150 scientific papers. 

To learn more about Michael Ungar and his work, see Michael Ungar and Resilience Research.

Twitter @MichaelUngarPhD