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Building on the Strengths of Young People Who Have Endured Hardships

May 15, 2024 - 8:30 am to 12:30 pm
Maryland Theatre
21 S Potomac St
Hagerstown, MD 21740
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301-733-0331 x1228
$49.00 (3.5 CEUs)

Potomac Community Services is offering this seminar in honor of their 25th Anniversary.  Brook Lane is pleased to be a Community Sponsor.

The presentation will first summarize the three foundational frameworks that prepare us to develop young people capable of thriving through good and difficult times – positive youth   development, resilience, and trYoung male student resting head on deskauma-sensitive care. The program will cover the proven effects of childhood trauma and adverse childhood experiences on the brain, body, and behavior   throughout the lifetime.    

This program will then introduce the essentials of delivering   trauma care and offer a few strategies to APPLY these principles in our work with children and youth. The program will focus on the power of well-boundaried human connection in healing as well as the imperative of restoring a sense of control back to people who have been traumatized. 

Finally, we will discuss the type of open, trusting communication that positions clinicians to reach teenagers and young adults. Then the resilience model will be discussed in the context of adolescent  behavioral change. All youth possess strengths and their behavior is changed only when those strengths are recognized and built upon.  

Participant Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the behavioral change process and how a  strength-based approach combats the demoralization that can paralyze behavioral change progress. 
  • Be better prepared to eliminate shame from interactions by focusing on building confidence in youth rooted in their existing competencies. 
  • Communicate with youth in a way that builds on their existing strengths rather than undermines their forward movement. This objective focuses on shifting away from approaching youth with lectures and giving control back to people from whom it has been taken away. 
  • Communicate with youth and young adults in a way that restores control to their decision-making processes.  
  • Understand a stress management strategy that is designed to move youth away from self-destructive quick fixes and towards positive behaviors. 
  • Understand the critical importance of well-boundaried connection to trauma-informed care.

Featuring:  Kenneth Ginsburg, MD, MSEd 

Dr. Ginsburg is a pediatrician specializing in Adolescent Medicine at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and Co-Founder and Director of Programs at Center for Parent and Teen Communication.  

His research over the last 30 years has focused on facilitating youth to develop their own solutions to social problems and to teach clinicians how to better serve them. He co-developed the Teen-Centered Method, a mixed qualitative/quantitative methodology that enables youth to generate, prioritize, and explain their own ideas. Dr. Ginsburg has more than 200 publications, including 44 original research articles, clinical practice articles, nine parenting books, and a multimedia toolkit for professionals.  

He also serves Philadelphia's Youth Enduring Homelessness as Director of Health Services at Covenant House Pennsylvania. The theme that ties together his clinical practice, teaching, research and advocacy efforts is that of building on the strength of teenagers by fostering their internal resilience. His goal is to translate the best of what is known from research and practice into practical approaches parents, professionals and communities can use to prepare children and teens to thrive.  

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