18th Annual Child Health Research Days

Join us for a hybrid event

Oct. 26 & 27, 2022

Public Event

The Children’s Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba, in partnership with the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Manitoba hosts a Free Public event during CHRD to share evidence based research to the general public on specific health issues. 

This year we are thrilled to welcome everyone on Tuesday, October 25th, at the Canadian Museum of Human Rights. Doors will open at 7 PM and the Presentation will promptly start at 7:30 PM.

The Risk-Taker’s Advantage: How to Make Kids More Resilient by not Over-protecting Them

As both a family therapist and a world-renowned researcher on resilience, Michael Ungar has noticed that many families and schools have become so overprotective that children never have a chance to develop the normal coping strategies children need for independent lives. Though the stats tell us that children today are safer than ever before in history, parents are failing to give them what Michael has called ‘the risk-taker’s advantage.’ The results are a generation of bubblewrapped kids with anxiety disorders, an inflated sense of entitlement, or misguided efforts to find their own rites of passage into adulthood, often with catastrophic results. Based on his best-selling book, Too Safe For Their Own Good, Michael shows us how to help families and schools stop being overprotective and provide kids with what they need to grow up well. You can expect:

  • A very amusing, and at times, shocking presentation that debunks common myths regarding the things that put children at risk.
  • Practical ways educators, life coaches and therapists can help families and schools reconsider children’s developmental needs and offer them more risk and responsibility.
  • To laugh and be inspired by stories of schools and communities that have helped parents give their children the risk-taker’s advantage.

About the Speaker:

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 one of the best-known scholars in the field. 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 stress at work and at home. His blog, Nurturing Resilience, can be read on Psychology Today’s website.

To view a sample of Dr. Ungar’s work, please go to his website www.michaelungar.com.