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Almost all our assumptions and expectations about teens today are outdated--from our ideas about the age of the onset of adolescence and how peer pressure works to our understanding of how kids experience anxiety and the role parents should play in providing effective guidance. It's not surprising, then, that our therapy models for treating teens are also outdated. This course will present a coherent, contemporary model for therapy that blends insight and action, based on the reality of what teens are actually like today. You will learn how to establish a connection with adult-dismissive teens, challenge kids to develop passion and empathy, empower overwhelmed parents, share information with parents without breaking kids' confidentiality, and conduct family sessions that protect both sides of the generational divide. The emphasis will be on the importance of not being neutral in therapy and not sounding like a therapist if you wish to have any credibility whatsoever with today's teen.
Ron Taffel, Ph.D., is chairman of the board of the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy in New York City. He's author of Getting Through to Difficult Kids and Parents; Nurturing Good Children Now; and The Second Family: How Adolescent Power Is Challenging the American Family. His latest book, Breaking Through to Teens, has just been published
Session 1: The Core: Healing the divided self of 21st century teens
Session 2: First meetings • Getting adult dismissive teens to talk through interests not problems
Session 3: Therapeutic foundations • What's necessary to build a helping relationship • How to give direction
Session 4: Advice as essential to helping teens change behavior and attitudes • The dangerous grey-zone • 10 childrearing guidelines essential to helping parents change behavior
Session 5: What to do when you're stuck • How to conduct a "focused-family" session
Session 6: The village: Benefits and risks of bringing friends into treatment
1. Critique this perspective for understanding 21st century teens.
2. Review concrete tools for building powerful relationships with adult dismissive teens.
3. Identify concrete tools for promoting change in kids' behavior and attitudes.