Michael Ungar, Ph.D. is the author of 10 books and more than 75 articles and book chapters. His works include a novel The Social Worker and books for parents and professionals, including We Generation: Raising Socially Responsible Kids, Too Safe for Their Own Good: How Risk and Responsibility Help Teens Thrive, Counseling in Challenging Contexts, and Strengths-based Counseling with At-risk Youth. Michael’s affable style of parenting advice and expertise on the subject of resilience is sought out by news media with Michael regularly being featured in high profile publications such as USA Today, the National Post and the Globe and Mail, as well as numerous television news shows and radio programs across North America. Michael has given keynote speeches and presented at conferences in many different countries, and recently participated in a roundtable event at the European Parliament in Brussels.
He has practiced for over 25 years as a Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist with children and families in child welfare, mental health, educational and correctional settings. As the Canada Research Chair in Child, Family and Community Resilience and Professor of Social Work at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada, he leads an international team of resilience researchers that spans more than a dozen countries on six continents. In addition to his research and writing interests, Michael maintains a small family therapy practice for troubled children, youth and their families.
Michael lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia, with his two teenaged children.