211/311 Talking with Teenagers

Janet EdgetteJanet Sasson Edgette • Friday All Day
Most teens are only in therapy because their parents, their teachers, the juvenile court judge, or some other authority has told them they must see a therapist—or else. Consequently, they often find standard therapeutic bromides and shrink-wrapped attempts to “engage” them artificial, even infuriating. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to build conversations with your adolescent clients that are therapeutic without sounding therapeutic. We’ll address the challenges of working with teens who burrow into silence, regularly express their contempt for therapy, provoke your anger or frustration, and accept your help only if they don’t have to admit they need it. You’ll walk away with a new awareness of the possibilities for working with this tough patient population. (This session will continue with Workshop 311.)

Janet Sasson Edgette, Psy.D., is the author of Adolescent Therapy That Really Works and Stop Negotiating with Your Teen. Her latest book is The Last Boys Picked: Helping Boys Who Don’t Play Sports Survive Bullies and Boyhood.

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