Plenaries/Gallagher Lecture

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Plenary I: Psychological Well Being: The Protective Power of Relationships
Wednesday, March 6,  8:45 - 10:15 a.m.

Featured Presenters

Ken Ginsburg, MD, MEd, FSAHM 
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Merrian Brooks, DO, MS
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Global Health

Session Moderator: Deborah Christie, PhD, FSAHM

Session Description
We stand at a moment in time where our knowledge about trauma's impact on the mind, body, behavior and genetics is potentially game changing.  It positions us to stop victim-blaming and begin healing.  It allows us to rise against the tide by protecting children.  It allows us to understand and explain the toxic effects of marginalization and discrimination.  It could change so much for the better, if done right.
This magnificent body of work also holds the potential to retraumatize people by making them believe that the worst things that have happened to them have inalterably affected their health and behavior.  Furthermore, it can create discord among youth-serving professionals between those committed to unwavering empathy and those worried that we lower standards if we are not fully committed to accountability.  

We must wisely integrate the foundational principles of positive youth development, and resilience-building strategies while being trauma-sensitive.  At the intersection of these three foundational frameworks is the power of relationships.  It is safe, secure, sustained relationships that support youth to become their best selves and that even heal them from having hard lives. 

Finally, we must not view risk without also recognizing and building on people’s abundant strengths.  This talk will focus on the application of forming healing relationships rooted in strength-based practice.  It will speak of seeing young people as they deserve to be seen, as they really are, not through the lens of the behaviors they may have displayed, labels they may have received, or diagnoses they may have been given. At its core, this talk will focus on the potential our relationships hold to offer young people the scaffolding from which they will learn to more confidently control their own journeys. 

Learning Objectives

  1. The attendee will consider the protective (or undermining!!!) power of adult relationships in the lives of young people. 
  2. The attendee will consider how a strength-based approach to young people can combat low expectations that undermine healthy identity development.
  3.  The attendee will be better prepared to eliminate shame from our interactions with youth by focusing on building their confidence by elevating their existing competencies. They will understand how active listening can uncover a young person’s behaviorally-operational strengths.
  4. The attendee will understand the imperative of communicating with youth in a way that restores control to their decision-making processes.

2019 Gallagher Lecture/Plenary II: Psychological Well-Being in Conflict, Disaster, and Flight 
Thursday, March 7,  3:30 - 5:00 p.m.

Featured Presenter

Lynne Jones, OBE, FRCPsych, PhD
Harvard FXB Center for Health and Human Rights

Session Moderator: Mychelle Farmer, MD

Dr. Lynne Jones is a child and adolescent psychiatrist, writer, researcher, and relief worker. Jones has been engaged in assessing mental health needs and establishing and running mental health services in disaster, conflict, and post-conflict settings since 1990 around the world. Outside the Asylum: A Memoir of War, Disaster and Humanitarian Psychiatry, her latest book, published by Wiedenfeld and Nicolson (US publication June 2018), explores her experience as a practicing psychiatrist in war and disaster zones for 25 years, along with the changing world of international relief. With her colleague in international development, Luke Pye, Jones has co-created Migrant Child Storytelling, a website where migrant children can tell their stories through their own drawings, videos, and writing.

Session Description
The Gallagher Lecture will discuss what contributes to resilience in children living in war and disaster situations, in order to understand ways to promote and to protect that resilience. The protective value of maintaining family connection will be described as an important factor for psychosocial well-being. In addition the lecture will explore how various therapeutic approaches can foster resilience, paying attention to the child's temperament, gender, culture and social context

Learning objectives

  • To deepen understanding of some of the key factors contributing to resilience in children living in war and disaster situations
  • To understand the protective value of maintaining family connections in war and disaster situations
  • To learn some key points about fostering resilience when doing clinical work with children in war and disaster situations

Plenary III: Psychological Well-Being: Immigrant Youth Experiences
Friday, March 8, 9:15 - 10:45 a.m.

Nilda Flores-Gonzalez, PhD
Arizona State University T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics

Maria Trent, MD, MPH, FSAHM
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Nilda Flores-González is a Professor and Associate Director of the Sociology Program at the T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics at Arizona State University.  Her current research explores the effects of racialization on the ways in which youth understand national belonging. Professor Flores-González us the author of Citizens but not Americans: Race and Belonging among Latino Millennials (NYU Press, 2017), and School Kids, Street Kids: Identity Development in Latino Students (Teachers College Press 2002), co-editor of Marcha:  Latino Chicago in the Immigrant Rights Movement (University of Illinois Press 2010) and co-editor of Immigrant Women Workers in the Neoliberal Era (University of Illinois Press 2013).  

Session Description
Current immigration policies have led to an increase in arrests and deportations of non-criminal undocumented immigrants, the separation of migrant families at the border, and a push to build a wall across the U.S.-Mexico border. Along with these policies, there is a resurgence of nativist sentiment manifested in the intensification of prejudice and discrimination against immigrants. Flores-Gonzalez examines how young Latinxs experience nativism, and how they develop a sense of belonging in this unwelcoming political context.  
Learning objectives

  • To understand how current racial ideas and practices impact the ways in which Latinx youth experience race in everyday life
  • To understand the ways in which Latinx youths make sense of their racial experiences
  • To understand how young Latinx develop a sense of belonging as Americans