Building on the Strengths of Youth Who Have Endured Hardship

When: Wednesday, March 30 - 12:00 PM

Duration: 1 hours 30 minutes

Location: Zoom

Event Details:

Although there’s an extensive history of research and scholarship on resilience and youth, our understanding of the term can sometimes be unclear and challenging to translate into practice.  What can seem like a sign of strength and resilience to one practitioner can seem the opposite to another.  The word itself can sometimes provoke intense debate when confused with “bootstrap” thinking.  However, resilience is relatively well-defined, generally, as the ability to adapt in the face of extreme adversity.  Rather than an individual trait, it is a dynamic process that involves individual strengths that develop through relationships with others.  In this webinar Dr. Ken Ginsburg shared his thoughts on resilience in youth. Dr. Ginsburg has used his practice experience to create evidence-informed interventions and resources to help providers foster resilience in teens and families. He focused on three areas: (1) the power of relationships, (2) trauma sensitive practice, and (3) strength-based communication. 


Dr. Ken Ginsburg is a pediatrician specializing in Adolescent Medicine at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He practices social adolescent medicine -- medicine with special attention to prevention and the recognition that social context and stressors affect all aspects of our health.  He is the author of Building Resilience in Children and Teens: Giving Kids Roots and Wings, Reaching Teens Strength-Based Communication Strategies To Build Resilience and Support Healthy Adolescent Development and Raising Kids to Thrive: Balancing Love with Expectations and Protection with Trust.