Stand Together 2017 Featuring Dr. Michael Ungar
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Stand Together 2017 Featuring Dr. Michael Ungar

Stand Together 2017 Featuring Dr. Michael Ungar

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Executive Plaza Hotel & Conference Centre Coquitlam

405 North Road

Coquitlam, BC V3K 3V9


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Stand Together 2017, Featuring Dr. Michael Ungar

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8 - 9am: Registration, light breakfast and refreshments provided (see menu below)

9 - 9:25am: Opening Prayer by April Bennett and Special Guest Performance (details coming soon!)

9:25 - 9:45am: Dr. Deborah MacNamara, PhD: Clinical Counsellor, Educator and Writer

9:45 - Noon: Dr. Ungar, "I Still Love You: Nine Things Troubled Kids Need from their Parents, Caregivers, and Schools"

Noon - 12:45pm: Buffet lunch provided (see menu below)

12:45 - 1pm: Special Guest Performance (details coming soon!)

1 - 4pm: Dr. Ungar (continued)

4 - 6pm: Wellness Room (provided for all CAREGIVERS and ADOPTIVE parents)

"I Still Love You: Nine Things Troubled Kids Need from their Parents, Caregivers, and Schools"

How can we show children we love them even when they push us away? How do we make children more resilient when they are angry, self-harming, anxious, abusive, or delinquent? In this story-filled presentation, Dr. Ungar provides nine practical strategies parents, caregivers, and educators need to help young people of all ages heal, no matter a child’s emotional, psychological, or behavioral problems. Based on material from his new book, I Still Love You, his clinical practice, and his research around the world, Dr. Ungar will share what families and schools have taught him about the power of unconditional love. Be prepared for an inspiring presentation. Dr. Ungar’s words will help you understand the importance of the everyday heroics that change children’s lives, even when children’s parents, caregivers, and educators are frustrated and unsure what to do next.

Dr. Michael Ungar Biography

Dr. Ungar is both a family therapist and the Izaak Walton Killam Professor of Social Work at Dalhousie University where he founded and now co-directs the Resilience Research Centre that coordinates more than five million dollars in funded research in over a dozen countries.

He has designed multisite longitudinal research and evaluation projects in collaboration with organizations as diverse as The Human Development and Education Branch of the World Bank, The Red Cross, and national public health agencies. Those projects are focused on resilience among children, youth, and families and how, together, they survive adversity in culturally diverse ways.

Dr. Ungar has published over 135 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on this topic and is the author of 14 books for mental health professionals, researchers and parents. Among his most recent works are Working with Children and Youth with Complex Needs: 20 Skills to Build Resilience (2015), a book for mental health professionals, The Social Ecology of Resilience: A Handbook of Theory and Practice (2012), for researchers, and I Still Love You: Nine Things Troubled Kids Need from their Parents (2015), a book for caregivers and educators. He is also a prize-winning short-story writer and in 2011 published his first novel, The Social Worker.

Since 2003, Dr. Ungar has made more than 500 presentations, many of them keynotes for academic congresses and professional meetings in Canada and more than 30 other countries. Among the organizations that have hosted him are the International Family Therapy Association, The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, The International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect, and the European Parliament’s Roundtable on Strengthening Families.

In 2012 Dr. Ungar was the recipient of the Canadian Association of Social Workers National Distinguished Service Award. Among his many contributions to his community have been his role as Co-Chair of the Nova Scotia Mental Health and Addictions Strategy, executive board member of the American Family Therapy Academy, and clinical supervisor for staff at Phoenix Youth Programs, a multiservice centre for homeless youth. His blog, Nurturing Resilience, can be read on Psychology Today’s website.

Odin Books will be on-site with an assortment of resources for purchase, including Dr. Ungar's book, I Still Love You: Nine Things Troubled Kids Need from their Parents.

Opening Speaker: Dr. Deborah MacNamara, Details coming soon!

Morning Special Guest Performance: Details coming soon!

Afternoon Special Guest Performance: Details coming soon!

Wellness Room

All caregivers and adoptive parents are encouraged to enjoy some delicious treats and well-deserved pampering in the Wellness Room after Dr. Ungar's presentation. The room will be open from 4pm - 6pm and will offer resfreshments and treats, as well as massage, nail care, makeup application, reflexology, Elders, and more. Be sure to look for the sign up sheets at morning registration and the lunch break so you can reserve your spot.


Light Breakfast: Bakery fresh croissants, assorted muffins and danish; Greek yogurt with dried Okanagan fruit and nut granola; chocolate hazelnut, cranberry walnut and banana bread; sweet butter and assorted preserves; seasonal fruit; gourmet coffee and tea.

Buffet Lunch: Hearty and healthy vegetarian soup; Fraser Valley garden salad, caeser salad; chicken salad pockets; pasta salad; tuna salad kaiser roll; grilled vegetable flatbread; egg salad bites; olives, cocktail onions and pickled peppers; dessert squares, bars and assorted mousse; gourmet coffee and tea.

Afternoon: Selection of sweet treats, seasonal fruit, gourmet coffee and tea.

(* Please notify us of any food allergies or dietary restrictions during registration)


Executive Plaza Hotel & Conference Centre

405 North Road, Coquitlam, B.C.

Call: 604-936-9399 or 1-888-433-3932 (Toll Free) Email:

To get the best rate when booking, quote Booking ID: 20013

Deluxe Double or King: $125

Corner Club King: $135

One Bedroom Suite: $145

(13% additional tax will apply. Rates include parking, internet and local shuttle)

Please Note:

The Stand Together Committee is not responsible for accomodation or parking costs.

This is an ADULT ONLY event. Please speak to your Resource Worker in regards to childcare reimbursement.

Tickets for this event are limited. Should you need to cancel your registration please notify us or cancel your registration online ASAP to ensure your spot goes to the next person on the waitlist. We understand that sometimes things happen at the last minute that prevent you from being able to attend an event and we thank you for the courtesy of sending us an email notifying us of that. Registration lists, attendance lists, cancellation lists and "no show" lists are recorded and submitted to Resource Workers upon their request.


Are children allowed at this event?

No. Absolutely no children are allowed at the event, regardless of their age. The content of the material and the learning environment are not conducive to children of any age being present.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Parking is available in the hotel parking garage for a small fee. The sky train is also within a very short walking distance and buses run frequently

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please email us at

What's the refund policy?

"Free" tickets can be refunded at any time prior to the event. Tickets that have been paid for will be reimbursed up until one week prior to the event.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No. Registration lists will be present on the morning of the event and you will sign in using the name you registered with.

Can I update my registration information?

Yes, you can update your registration information.

Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable?

Yes. Please contact should you need assistance

Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends?

Yes, but it is best if you make the changes to your registration information ahead of time. If not, please notify us at the registration desk so we can make the appropriate changes to our records.

Will lunch be provided?

Yes! A buffet lunch is being provided. Please see the "Menu" above for a list of what is being served.

Why don't I see any "breaks" being listed in the timeline for the day?

We feel that scheduled breaks often interupt the natural flow and momentum of the learning environment. Instead, we encourage everyone to take small breaks as they are needed throughout the day at their own pace and prefered time.

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