Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

2019 Edition
| Editors: Jay L. Lebow, Anthony L. Chambers, Douglas C. Breunlin

Ungar, Michael Terence

  • Robert AllanEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49425-8_1127


Michael Terence Ungar, Ph.D. (b. 1963)


Micahel Terrence Ungar is a significant contributor to the fields of family therapy and social work through his research on resilience among children, youth, and families and how they together survive adversity in culturally diverse ways. Ungar has authored the book Working with Children and Youth with Complex Needs: 20 Skills to Build Resilience (Routledge, 2015) as well as more than 150 articles and chapters on resilience, family therapy, and social work. He has been the principal investigator for multiple longitudinal researches of resilience and evaluation projects in collaboration with organizations as diverse as The Human Development and Education Branch of the World Bank, The Red Cross, and Canadian public health agencies.


After completing undergraduate and master’s level studies at McGill University, Ungar received his Ph.D. from Wilfrid Laurier University in 1995. His first position, at Katimavik Youth Program,...

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  1. Ungar, M. (2008). Resilience across cultures. British Journal of Social Work, 38(2), 218–235.  https://doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bcl343.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. Ungar, M. (2011). The social ecology of resilience. Addressing contextual and cultural ambiguity of a nascent construct. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 81, 1–17.  https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1939-0025.2010.01067.x.CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  3. Ungar, M. (2015a). Practitioner review: Diagnosing childhood resilience: A systemic approach to the diagnosis of adaptation in adverse social ecologies. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 56(1), 4–17.  https://doi.org/10.1111/jcpp.12306.CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  4. Ungar, M. (2015b). Varied patterns of family resilience in challenging contexts. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 42(1), 19–31.  https://doi.org/10.1111/jmft.12124.CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  5. Ungar, M. (2015c). Working with children and youth with complex needs: 20 skills to build resilience. New York: Routledge.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Education and Human DevelopmentUniversity of Colorado DenverDenverUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Kristina S. Brown
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  1. 1.Couple and Family Therapy DepartmentAdler UniversityChicagoUSA