The Elmbrook School District is continuing its mission to address teen suicide and depression following a pair of suicides last year.
The latest iteration of the district's efforts is a visit from renowned pediatrician and author Dr. Kenneth Ginsburg.
Ginsburg, a pediatrician specializing in adolescent medicine at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and professor of pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, will give a presentation titled "Fostering Resilience: Building Resilience in Children and Teens" Monday, March 20.
"I visit lots of communities in terms of preparing them to deal with kids who have been through challenging times," Ginsburg said. "I prepare professionals to work with young people so that they'll be able to thrive. I also work directly with parents to help them to kind of reframe raising their children into really preparing them to be the 35-year-olds who are ready to succeed in the world."
Ginsburg will speak with high school students during his visit and will also hold two additional presentations. The first will be tailored to school staff and teachers while the second, at 7 p.m., will be geared toward the general public. Both presentations will be held at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts, 19805 W. Capitol Drive, at 4:15 and 7 p.m.
"We can't use a cookie-cutter approach for youth. We have to understand what their particular challenges are and prepare them to deal with those challenges," Ginsburg said. "We have got to meet each kid where they're at and give each young person what they need to be able to thrive."
Over the last two decades, Ginsburg's research has focused on facilitating youth to develop their own solutions to social problems and to teach clinicians how to better serve them. He has received over 30 awards for his research, clinical skills and advocacy efforts and has more than 120 publications. Some of his books include "Building Resilience in Children and Teens: Giving Kids Roots and Wings" and "Raising Kids to Thrive: Balancing Love with Expectations."
Ginsburg noted that the importance of a consistent adult is a key element for teens who might be struggling with challenges.
"Adults need to look at every young person and every young person needs to have an unconditional positive presence in their life," Ginsburg said.
To register for Ginsburg's presentation for the general public, go to www.resilience-community.eventbrite.com and for more information go to www.fosteringresilience.com.