Closing Plenary: Resilience in Action

Dr. Ginsburg ConventionDr. Kenneth Ginsburg—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—closed the 2016 convention with an energizing presentation on resilience, trauma-informed care, and adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). He hammered home an important message for all health care providers: that young people will be more resilient if the adults in their lives believe in them unconditionally and hold them to high expectations.

Dr. Ginsburg began his presentation with by defining resilience as the ability to overcome adversity, and outlined a framework called the 7 C’s of Resilience:

  • Confidence
  • Competence
  • Connection
  • Character
  • Contribution
  • Coping
  • Control

(Download Dr. Ginsburg’s slides for more information.)

He then discussed how recent studies in trauma are helping us better understand the negative effects ACEs have on individuals, families, and communities, and the vital role loving adults play in helping young people overcome trauma. He recommends that school-based health providers embrace trauma-informed care and offer “radical calmness amidst a chaotic reality” for their patients.

Throughout the presentation, Dr. Ginsburg illustrated his points with powerful personal stories from his work as a pediatrician. He showed how, by using a trauma-informed approach to care, he has helped his patients build confidence and take control over their decisions.

He also offered our attendees a discount to his Reaching Teens resource, which contains tools to help providers build resilience in adolescents. He has generously extended the discount to all school-based health providers through July 31, 2016. Click here to download the voucher and order form.


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