The Fran and Elliot Kane Memorial Lecture - JFCS of Greater Philadelphia

The Fran and Elliot Kane Memorial Lecture

  • DATE: 05/26/2021
  • TIME: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • COST: $36
    Zoom link provided with registration

From Strength to Strength: Building Resilience in Youth

Childhood trauma can have long lasting adverse effects on one’s brain, body, and behavior. Join JFCS for a virtual workshop to learn how you can address these effects through strength-based trauma-sensitive care when working with children and teens. Learn practical strategies towards developing youth to have a positive sense of self through safe and sustained relationships.

Wednesday, May 26, 2021, 9:00AM-12:00PM
Zoom (link provided with registration)
$36 (3 Social Work CEUs provided)


KEYNOTE — 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’s 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. His AAP multimedia toolkit “Reaching Teens: Strength-Based, Trauma-Sensitive, Resilience-Building Communication Strategies Rooted in Positive Youth Development” offers youth-serving professionals applied strategies to optimally serve young people. Dr. Ginsburg has been honored to offer consultation in building resilience to The Boys and Girls Clubs of America, The National Congress of American Indians, and the Military Child Education Coalition, among others.

Dr. Merrian Brooks is a pediatrician and adolescent medicine specialist at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). She earned her D.O. at Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine where she was selected as a primary care teaching fellow. Dr. Brooks is a board-certified pediatrician and adolescent medicine physician. Currently, she spends most of the year in Gaborone, Botswana doing work she started as a CHOP David Pincus Pediatric Global Health fellow. She is an attending physician in adolescent medicine at CHOP and an instructor of pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Dr. Brooks also researches mental health interventions for adolescents living with HIV.

If you have any questions, please email Sarah Waxman, MSS, LCSW, at or 267.804.5888.

The Fran and Elliot Kane Memorial Lecture, generously and lovingly funded by Natalie Packel Markowitz, is established in memory of Fran Kane z”l, a longtime employee of JFCS and one of the founding care managers for Senior Horizons, and Dr. Elliot Kane z”l, a longtime dedicated volunteer to JFCS’ Hospice Program.

This event is co-sponsored by Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research (GSSWSR) for a maximum of 3 credit hours. Bryn Mawr College GSSWSR is a CSWE accredited School of Social Work and a pre-approved provider of continuing education for social workers, professional counselors, and marriage and family therapists in the state of PA. All other professions or out of state professionals should inquire with their state boards to determine continuing education eligibility for this program.

JFCS Staff register HERE