Strategies for Knowledge Mobilization in Community NGOs Working with Youth at Risk

by David Phipps on November 7, 2013

A Toronto KTECOP presentation by Michael Ungar, Scientific Director of the Children and Youth in Challenging Contexts Network.

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Monday, December 2, 2013
4:00-6:00 pm
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
Nexus Lounge, room 12-130 (12th floor)
252 Bloor Street West
Toronto, ON M5S 1V6

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Strategies for Knowledge Mobilization in Community NGOs Working with Youth at Risk

While knowledge mobilization is becoming more common among service providers in formal service settings like hospitals, providers of services to children and youth in less formal settings (e.g., NGOs and community-based organizations) are far less engaged in KMb activities. In this presentation, Dr. Ungar will explore strategies for identifying, sharing and adapting best practice knowledge in less formal service contexts. Based on the work of the Children and Youth in Challenging Contexts Network (cyccnetwork.org), this presentation will discuss the challenges we face as service providers when there are a lack of resources to do KMb, or we are hampered by an organizational culture that emphasizes local knowledge rather than approaches to practice that are well researched. While both types of knowledge are important to best practices with young people, this workshop will explore ways to resolve this tension between local wisdom and evidence-based practice. It will discuss ways we can look for models of KMb that are sensitive to contextual differences among populations of young people who need service. The workshop will also be an opportunity to discuss the innovative approaches participants themselves are experimenting with doing KMb in less formal settings.

About the Presenter

Michael UngarMichael Ungar, Ph.D., is both a family therapist and a Professor of Social Work at Dalhousie University where holds the position of Scientific Director of the Children and Youth in Challenging Contexts Network, a national Network of Centres of Excellence. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on the topic of child and adolescent wellbeing and is the author of 11 books including The Social Worker, his first novel. Among his most recent works for professionals are The Social Ecology of Resilience: A Handbook for Theory and Practice and Strengths-based Counseling with At-risk Youth. His works for parents include We Generation: Raising Socially Responsible Children and Teens and Too Safe for Their Own Good: How Risk and Responsibility Help Teens Thrive.

In addition to his research and writing, Dr. Ungar maintains a small family therapy practice in association with Phoenix Youth Programs, a prevention program for street youth and their families, and was the recipient of the 2012 Canadian Association of Social Workers National Distinguished Service Award. Among his many contributions to his community has been his role as Co-Chair of the Nova Scotia Mental Health and Addictions Strategy Advisory Committee, executive board member of the American Family Therapy Academy, and he sits on several editorial boards including Family Process and the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy. His blog, Nurturing Resilience, can be read on Psychology Today’s website.

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