MART - Building Resilience for both Students and Staff: Strategies for Thriving When Facing Stress a

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Manitoba Association of Resource Teachers (MART)

Conference Title: Building Resilience for both Students and Staff: Strategies for Thriving When Facing Stress and Adversity

Location: Westdale School, 6720 Betsworth Avenue, Winnipeg, MB

Date: October 20, 2023

08:20 am - Doors Open
08:15 - 09:00 am - Registration
09:00 - 09:10 am - Opening Remarks
09:10 - 10:30 am - Keynote
10:30 - 10:45 am - Break
10:45 - 12:00 pm - Keynote
12:00 - 01:00 pm - Lunch (provided, on site)
01:00 - 01:10 pm - AGM
01:10 - 02:00 pm - Keynote
02:00 - 02:15 pm - Break
02:15 - 03:15 pm - Keynote
03:15 - 03:30 pm - Q & A

Summary and Objectives
When educating children who have experienced many threats to their healthy mental and physical development, whether because of problems like stigma and exclusion, violence, learning difficulties, or mental health problems, schools can have a profound and positive influence on young people, their families, and their communities, when they focus less on problems and more on the factors that promote resilience. In this story-filled, fast-paced presentation, Dr. Michael Ungar will focus on how to nurture the resilience of both students and the staff on whom they depend. Participants will first learn how to identify and encourage nine factors associated with children’s resilience and find ways to help students who are difficult to engage. Next, Dr. Ungar will shift the focus to the resilience of staff working with children with complex needs. He’ll review the many strategies educators use to maintain wellbeing and a sense of purpose as they do the hard work of educating children. Dr. Ungar will show that the factors that matter most to our resilience always depend on the type of stress we experience and the quality of the physical and social environments we experience at work, home and in our community. A number of innovative strategies to improve our individual and collective resilience will also be shared in ways that the audience can use immediately.

Dr. Michael Ungar's Biography
Michael Ungar, Ph.D., is a Family Therapist and Professor of Social Work at Dalhousie University where he holds the Canada Research Chair in Child, Family and Community Resilience. His research on resilience around the world and across cultures has made him the number one ranked Social Work scholar in the world, with numerous school boards, government agencies, not-for-profits and businesses relying on his research and clinical work to guide their approaches to nurturing child, adult, organizational and community wellbeing under stress. He the author of 17 books for parents, educators, mental health professionals, and employers, including his most recent work Change Your World: The Science of Resilience and the True Path to Success, a book for adults experiencing challenges at work and at home, Working with Children and Youth with Complex Needs: 20 Skills to Build Resilience, a book for mental health professionals and educators, and I Still Love You: Nine Things Troubled Kids Need from their Parents, an accessible guide for parents seeking to build their children’s resilience. As well as having received numerous awards for his work, including the Canadian Association of Social Workers National Distinguished Service Award, Dr. Ungar also maintains a blog titled ‘Nurturing Resilience’ which can be read on Psychology Today’s website.

To view a sample of Dr. Ungar's work, please go to his website

Membership and Conference Fees
MART Conference Fee ......................................$100
MART Membership Fee ....................................$30
MART Membership & Conference Fee ...........$100
Early Bird Rate (until September 30th, 2023) $90

Registration will not be accepted without payment.

Cancellation Policy: No refunds will be issued after 11:00 pm on October 13th, 2023.

Food and Refreshments: Lunch will be provided (lunch cost included with conference fee). If you have any food allergies or restrictions and did not enter them into your member profile previously, please do so immediately.

Coffee and tea will be available, please bring a refillable mug. Water refill stations will be available, please bring a refillable bottle.

Seats are standard plastic chairs, please plan for your own comfort needs.

If you need Conference or Registration Information, please send a message to Amanda Asham: or reach her by telephone at (204) 573-3184