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Many adolescent girls today are in a crisis of rage and despair. Some try to disappear through starvation. Others carve indecipherable symbols onto their arms, run away from home, or attempt suicide. This practical workshop will explore concrete strategies and methods for helping girls in crisis. You'll learn a variety of practical strategies that work, including harm reduction, inviting resistance, and developing a protective circle of adults. By the time you leave, you'll know what it takes to stay connected to these adolescents as you help them become competent, independent young women.
Martha Straus, Ph.D., is a professor in the Department of Clinical Psychology at Antioch New England Graduate School in Keene, New Hampshire, and an adjunct instructor in psychiatry at Dartmouth Medical School. She's the author of No-Talk Therapy for Children and Adolescent and the forthcoming All the Rage: Helping Adolescent Girls in Crisis.
Session 1: The secret lives of teenage girls • Adolescence: Theirs and ours • Adolescent development : The growing brain and the hostile culture • Systems in an uproar: Home, school, work, community • The protective circle of adults and Adult Deficit Disorder
Session 2: Attachment and separation in adolescence • Direct and indirect communication and aggression • Reading the subtext of adolescent girl behavior • Therapy in the storm
Session 3: Internalizing problems • Cutting and suicide attempts • Thoughts on interviewing and intervening
Session 4: Externalizing problems • Sexual acting out, ODD, girl rage • Thoughts on interviewing and intervening
1. Read the subtext of provocative, self-destructive, and confusing behaviors
2. Interview and intervene in the most stressful cases including: social aggression,
self-injury, suicidal gestures, and oppositional and defiant acting out
3. Identify a protective circle of adults around troubled girls