and the child frequently has little say in determining goals, specific aspects of treatment, or educational services. However, not only are children capable of useful, imaginative, and highly relevant suggestions, but including them and their ideas in the process encourages them to take an active role in their own success. In this workshop, we’ll discuss a collaborative, solution-focused approach that uses therapeutic questions, family play, art therapy, and imaginative fantasy to elicit from both children and parents the goals they wish to pursue. You’ll learn how to help families, and particularly children, tell their own unique story, define and clarify problems so that they’re specific, behavioral, and solvable, and co-construct and follow blueprints for change. We’ll also discuss 12 easy steps that parents can take to help their children become more responsible, confident, and resilient.
Matthew Selekman, M.S.W., codirector of Partners for Collaborative Solutions, is the author of Working with Self-Harming Adolescents: A Collaborative, Strengths-Based Therapy Approach and Pathways to Change: Brief Therapy with Difficult Adolescents.