Tag: A New Road Map for Working with Kids and Teens

Charlotte Reznick on tapping into Imagination to disarm young clients’ defenses

It can be hard to get around your young clients’ defense systems so that the good, therapeutic information gets through.

That’s why Charlotte Reznick, author of The Power of Your Child’s Imagination, uses “animal friends” with her young clients—imaginary creatures she helps kids invent to express their feelings, cope with problems, and even practice new behaviors in therapy and outside.

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How to Talk to Kids in a Way They Understand

It can be hard to engage your younger clients.

According to Janet Edgette, author of Adolescent Therapy That Really Works, “We already know some of the things kids don’t respond well to in therapy—excessive questioning and standardized treatment protocols included.”

So what does work? Janet says it takes authenticity, perspective, and knowing how to make kids feel like they’re being listened to and respected. Read more

How Being Calm and Collected Gets Us Connected

Young kids can’t self-soothe and regulate emotion like adults can.

So in situations when children are misbehaving, repercussions like Time Out often lead to making the behavior worse, because they feel misunderstood and alone—leading them to act out even more.

Martha Straus, author of No-Talk Therapy for Children and Adolescents, says that when these situations occur, we need to “loan” them our adult limbic brains and emotional stability to help kids feel attended to and comforted. Read more

Ron Taffel on Creating Conditions for Connection

How do you create an atmosphere that your teen clients will value rather than resist?

According to Ron Taffel, the 1-2-3 combination is to be less guarded, more spontaneous, and stop worrying that being yourself—warts and all—will weaken your credibility.

Teens are looking for authenticity and when they find the real thing, they’ll engage. Read more

Dan Siegel on the Power of the Teenage Brain

Dan Siegel knows that nobody—especially an angst-filled teenager—likes being told what to do.

That’s why he takes a more roundabout approach to connect with younger clients. He claims the first thing you should ask is, “Would you like to know more about your brain?”

By taking the emphasis off of “talking about feelings” and placing it on science, Dan creates a space that can lead to action-oriented solutions and positive growth. Read more

A New Road Map for Working with Kids and Teens:
NP0057 – Session 6

 
Tell Us What You Think | Ask Questions | Get Feedback From Your Peers
Will you use a therapeutic co-regulation based approach to help teens re-regulate their emotions? How will what you learned affect the way you practice? What did you enjoy about what Martha said?

If you ever have any technical questions or issues, please feel free to email support@psychotherapynetworker.org.

A New Road Map for Working with Kids and Teens:
NP0057 – Session 5

 
Tell Us What You Think | Ask Questions | Get Feedback From Your Peers
Will you use a therapeutic co-regulation based approach to help teens re-regulate their emotions? How will what you learned affect the way you practice? What did you enjoy about what Martha said?

If you ever have any technical questions or issues, please feel free to email support@psychotherapynetworker.org.

A New Road Map for Working with Kids and Teens:
NP0057 – Session 4

 
Tell Us What You Think | Ask Questions | Get Feedback From Your Peers
How will you change your therapy with kids and teens to a lighter, more creative experience? What did you enjoy about this session? Did Lynn teach you something that you caused you to change your practice?

If you ever have any technical questions or issues, please feel free to email support@psychotherapynetworker.org.

A New Road Map for Working with Kids and Teens:
NP0057 – Session 3

 
Tell Us What You Think | Ask Questions | Get Feedback From Your Peers
What do you think are the benefits of helping both teens develop a fuller understanding of how their brain works? How will what you learned change the way you practice? Was there something that you discovered that changed you?

If you ever have any technical questions or issues, please feel free to email support@psychotherapynetworker.org.

A New Road Map for Working with Kids and Teens:
NP0057 – Session 2

 
Tell Us What You Think | Ask Questions | Get Feedback From Your Peers
How would you incorporate meditation, mindfulness, and imagery (MMI) to help kids and teens in your practice? Was there something that made you think deeper in what Charlotte presented? What did you think of this session?

If you ever have any technical questions or issues, please feel free to email support@psychotherapynetworker.org.