The Importance of Youth Resilience in Overcoming Adversity


Kenneth Ginsburg, MD, MS, Ed

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Center for Parent and Teen Communication

Young people who have endured adverse childhood experiences may have lifelong effects on their brain, health, and behaviors.  However, they are also equipped with a different kind of credential – deep sensitivity and compassion.  The power of caring adults in their lives cannot be exaggerated.  Caring adults can work with youth in a way that nurtures their strengths rather than triggers their earned reactivity.  This session will focus on the importance of healthy, healing connections and strategies that restore control to young people from whom it may have been taken away.

Learning objectives:

  • Introduce the behavioral change process and understand how a respectful strengths-based interaction addresses demoralization that serves as the impediment to initiating positive actions.

  • Be better prepared to eliminate shame from interactions by focusing on building confidence in youth. They will understand that confidence has to be rooted in existing competencies.

  • Understand the importance of restoring a sense of control to young people from whom it may have been taken away in their childhood.