Sharing Promising Practices: Supporting Youth Mental Health & Wellbeing

Canvas Network

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Starts April 20, 2015

Based on work done by the Children and Youth in Challenging Contexts (CYCC) Network, this course will introduce promising practices for helping vulnerable children and youth. Over the course of 4 weeks, participants will explore seven knowledge syntheses identifying practices most likely to positively influence young people’s lives. Through a variety of interactive methods, this open access course will provide participants with concrete ideas for innovative programming, changes to policy, and the tools to assess the impact of the work they do. Participants who wish to complete the course requirements can register for a citation of completion for a nominal fee. The time commitment for this course is approximately 4 hours a week (16 hours to complete the course). For more information, or if you have any questions, please contact the CYCC Network (


  • Provide an overview of the most important principles for creating community-based services that improve the resilience of children and youth.
  • Provide examples of promising practices for improving the wellbeing of the world’s most vulnerable young people.
  • Introduce participants to how they can capture the success of their own programs, and share their promising practices with other providers of children’s services.


Module 1: Introduction and Overview of Knowledge Mobilization (KMb) (April 20 - 26)
Module 2: Technology, Information Seeking Behaviours, and Youth Engagement (April 27 - May 3)
Module 3: Mitigating and Preventing the Effects of Violence (May 4 - 10)
Module 4: Supportive Environments Children Need and Ethical Research with Vulnerable Children and Youth (May 11 - 17)


Dr. Michael Ungar

Professor and Scientific Director of the CYCC Network

Dr. Michael Ungar is the Killam Professor of Social Work at Dalhousie University, Scientific Director of the Children and Youth in Challenging Contexts Network, founder and Co-Director of the Resilience Research Centre. In 2012 Michael was the recipient of the Canadian Association of Social Workers National Distinguished Service Award. His ground-breaking work as a family therapist and resilience researcher is recognized around the world for the influence it has had on therapeutic approaches to children’s wellbeing. He lives in Halifax, Canada. For more information:

  • 20 April 2015, 4 weeks
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