30th Annual Spring Institute with VFAFA & NFI 


Friday, March 31, 2017 from 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM EDT
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Sheraton Hotel & Conference Center 
870 Williston Road
Burlington, VT 05403

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VFAFA Coordinator 
Vermont Foster & Adoptive Family Association & NFI VT 

VFAFA & NFI are pleased to present:

Dr. Michael Ungar 

Friday March, 31, 2017

9:00am - 4:00pm

Registration 7:30 - 9:00am 

Cost: $130/ per person 

*includes continental breakfast & lunch 

*Please see below for group rates 

Enhancing Resilience:

Nine Things Youth at Risk Need

How can we show children we are there to help them even when they push us away? How do we make children more resilient when they are angry, self-harming, anxious, abusive or delinquent?

Drawing from his clinical practice and research from around the world, Dr. Michael Ungar will demonstrate strengths-focused, resistance-proof skills that professionals and nonprofessionals can use to nurture the resilience of those in their care. Workshop participants will learn how to identify and increase access to protective factors and promotive processes that exert a positive influence on young people's wellbeing. These include structure and consequences, relationships with adults and peers, a sense of personal self-control, agency and power, experiences of social justice and fair treatment, belonging and purpose, spirituality, and cultural rootedness.

To register a group for the $115 group rate of 5+, please contact KaitlynMoore@nafi.com

*DCF Staff, please register by contacting Suzanne.Shibley@vermont.gov

*NFI Staff, please register by contacting KaitlynMoore@nafi.com

Dr. Michael Ungar is an internationally recognized expert on resilience in at-risk youth. He is the Canada Research Chair in Child, Family and Community Resilience and a Professor of Social Work at Dalhousie University, as well as a family therapist. He was the 2012 recipient of the Canadian Association of Social Workers National Distinguished Service Award for his outstanding contribution to clinical work with families and communities. Dr. Ungar is also the founder and Director of the Resilience Research Centre where he coordinates over five million dollars in research in more than a dozen countries. Dr. Ungar regularly provides consultation and training to organizations like the World Bank, UNESCO, and the Red Cross. Dr. Ungar's 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 multiple parenting books as well as academic texts used in the fields of social work and counseling.