Encore of Spring PSCSW Educational Conference “Building on the Strengths of Youth Who Have Endured Hardships”

“Building on the Strengths of Youth Who Have Endured Hardships”

Dr. Ken Ginsburg, MD, MSEd.

When: Sunday, March 20th 2022
9:00am to 12:00pm (Registration 30 mins before start time)
Where: Your Home/Virtual

This educational conference provides 3 CEs 

Workshop Summary

This presentation will cover the proven impact of childhood trauma and adverse childhood experiences on the brain, body, and behavior throughout the lifetime. It will introduce the essentials of delivering strength-based trauma-sensitive care and offer a few strategies to APPLY these principles in our work with children and youth. It will focus on the power of well-boundaried loving human connection in healing and developing youth to become their best selves. It will speak to the imperative of restoring a positive sense of self back to people who have been unjustly mislabeled as problems. It will offer examples of how to give control back to people from whom it has been taken away. Above all, this workshop will discuss the imperative of creating safe, secure, and sustained adult relationships for young people.

Invited Presenter

Dr. Ken Ginsburg practices Adolescent Medicine at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and is a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He directs Health Services at Covenant House Pennsylvania, where he serves Philadelphia’s youth enduring homelessness. Dr. Ginsburg practices social adolescent medicine, service with special attention to prevention and the recognition that social context and stressors affect both physical and emotional health. His research over the last 30 years has focused on facilitating youth to develop their own solutions to social problems and to teach adults how to better serve them.

Dr. Ginsburg is the Founding Director of The Center for Parent and Teen Communications. The Center works with key influencers to empower parents with the strategies and skill-sets that will strengthen their family connections and position them to guide their teens to become their best selves. The Center works to shift the cultural narrative about adolescence from being a time to survive to one in which development is to be optimized and celebrated. His books include, "Building Resilience in Children and Teens: Giving Kids Roots and Wings” published by The American Academy of Pediatrics. His multimedia toolkit also published through the American Academy of Pediatrics “Reaching Teens: Strength-Based, Trauma-sensitive, Resilience-building Communication Strategies Rooted in Positive Youth Development” offers youth-serving professionals in multiple settings applied strategies to optimally serve young people. He is the National Resilience Expert for The Boys and Girls Clubs of America and currently works with Covenant House International’s thirty five sites to solidify and magnify their practice model rooted in the healing power of loving and respectful adult connections with youth.

Detailed Schedule

9:00am - 9:30am         Introduction to an Integrated Trauma-Sensitive Model

9:30am - 10:15am       Trauma Sensitive practices

10:15am - 10:30am     Break

10:30am - 11:00am     Core Strengths-based Communication Strategies with Teens

11:00am - 11:15am     Core Elements of Self-Regulation

11:15am - 11:30am     Stress Management Strategies

11:30am - 11:45am     Drawing from the Parenting Literature

11:45am - 12: 00pm   Questions and discussion


  1. Participants will understand the behavioral change process and how a strength-based approach combats the demoralization that can paralyze behavioral change progress.
  2. Participants will learn to eliminate shame from interactions by focusing on building confidence in youth that is rooted in existing competencies.
  3. The participant will be prepared to 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.
  4. Participants will be able to hold discussions with youth in a way that restores control to their decision-making processes, including managing stress in healthy ways.

Registration Information

You may register for this conference by completing the registration form and mailing it with a check or credit card information to the PSCSW office; or you may register online with a credit card at www.pscsw.org.  We encourage early registration, for which there is a discount.  All conference fees include a CE certificate.  If you need to cancel after you have registered, refunds (minus a $15 administrative fee) will be issued prior to the program date.

Continuing Education

FOR PENNSYLVANIA SOCIAL WORKERS, MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPISTS, AND PROFESSIONAL COUNSELORS: This program is approved for 3 CE credits for professional workshops sponsored by the Pennsylvania Society for Clinical Social Work, a state affiliate of the Clinical Social Work Association listed in Section 47.36 of Title 49, Chapter 47 of the PA Code, State Board of Social Work Examiners. This program is also approved for 3 CE credits for professional workshops for marriage & family therapists (Section 48.36) and professional counselors (Section 49.36).

FOR NEW JERSEY SOCIAL WORKERS:  This program is approved for 3 clinical continuing education credits.  Attendance at programs or courses given at state and national social work association conferences, where the criteria for membership is an academic degree in social work, are a valid source of continuing education credit (N.J.A.C. 13:44G-6.4(c)4).

FOR DELAWARE SOCIAL WORKERS:  Presenter(s) have a minimum of 2 (two) years of practical application and/or research experience pertaining to the subject matter of this presentation.  Please consult section 7.2.5 of the rules of the Board of Clinical Social Work Examiners to determine if this course is in conformance with state regulations.

PSCSW is authorized to provide CE Credits to participants who attend programs in their entirety, in this case from 9 AM to 12 PM.

Time will be strictly enforced.

  •  March 20, 2022
     9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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