Please note that there are two different conference venues:
June 14/15 - Century City Conference Centre
June 16 - Kirstenbosch Conference Centre (transportation available)
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Thursday, June 15 • 11:30 - 12:30
Keynote by Dr. Michael Ungar and Dr. Linda Theron "Innovations in Resilience"

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Keynote by Dr. Michael Ungar and Dr. Linda Theron
Topic: Resilience of Individuals, Families, Communities and Environments: Mutually Dependent Protective Processes and Complex Systems
Dr. Michael Ungar (Dalhousie University, Canada) and Dr. Linda Theron (University of Pretoria, South Africa)
Theories of resilience across different systems (biological, psychological, social, environmental) share common ground but vary widely depending on the discipline in which they have been constructed. There has, however, been a growing convergence in systemic thinking to explain the complexity of positive growth under conditions of adversity with global efforts to make individuals, their families, communities, governments and natural environments better able to adapt and transform when facing severe stress. In this opening keynote, we will show that protective factors and dynamic processes operating at multiple levels are mutually dependent and that new ways of understanding resilience are required if we are to address major social challenges like mass migration, youth suicide, drug abuse and school violence. This presentation will provide an opportunity to explore complex connections through multi-level case studies of how people and their social and natural environments adapt, re-organize and, when necessary, transform in response to challenges.

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Linda Theron

Professor, North-West University
Linda Theron is a full professor in the Department of Educational Psychology, Faculty of Education, University of Pretoria; an associate of the Centre for the Study of Resilience, University of Pretoria; and an extraordinary professor in Optentia Research Focus Area, North-West University... Read More →
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Michael Ungar

Director, Resilience Research Centre
Michael Ungar, Ph.D., is a Family Therapist and Professor of Social Work at DalhousieUniversity where he holds a national Research Chair in Child, Family and CommunityResilience. His research on resilience around the world and across cultures has made him one ofthe best-known scholars... Read More →

Thursday June 15, 2017 11:30 - 12:30 SAST
Hall A/B Century City Conference Centre