The days of children being seen and not heard are long gone–a change that’s welcome in most modern families. Now, however, kids and teens are increasingly expressing themselves through extensive online social networks, which open them up to new spheres of influence that challenge parental authority in an unprecedented way.
Held hostage by the fear of pushing their children further into a family-supplanting youth culture, parents struggle to emotionally support their children while also challenging problematic behaviors with moral guidance. As therapists, we need to be able to exercise our own authority in helping parents confront their fears and step up to the plate.
Ron Taffel’s non-blaming, empowering approach to helping parents directly addresses the blurred lines of authority that are making our clients feel disempowered and anxious. In this quick clip, he discusses the therapist’s role in dealing with the lack of essential authority in today’s families:
Ron Taffel is the author of eight books about parenting, famillies, and working with young clients and teens.
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Nothing requires more of your clinical skills, attunement, and creativity than working well with children and teenagers. To complicate matters, parents are often at a loss about what they can do to help and many are unaware of how they may be contributing to their child’s challenges and distress. What’s hard to find is sound, practical advice to help you integrate today’s most effective perspectives and methods for working with kids, adolescents, and parents into your current clinical approach to improve your client outcomes. Below are some other Psychotherapy Networker resources you might find useful.
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