By many reports, today’s children are struggling with record levels of anxiety, depression, and behavior disorders. According to the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, one in 10 children suffer from emotional disturbances, at any given time. Ominously, suicide has become the third leading cause of death for people in the 15-24 age range.
Therapists who work with children and adolescents are often not prepared by their grad school training to connect with tough young clients suspicious of anything that smacks of “therapy.” The focus of several of our most popular Symposium workshops is to offer a crash course in the realities of life for kids today and how to adapt traditional therapy tools to get past their resistance.
5. How to Talk with Teenagers. Anyone who has ever tried to “play therapist” with an angry teen knows that they would have better success navigating out of a den of lions. Veteran therapist Janet Sasson Edgette will offer a demonstration of a range of methods for getting through to the hostile and suspicious young client who is brought into therapy against their will.
4. Habit Change with the Self-Destructive Teen. Teens caught up in an escalating cycle of self-destructive behavior can be extremely frightening to their parents, therapists, and themselves. Mathew Selekman and Mark Beyebach will team up to show an innovative approach based on teaching teens to swap negative habits for positive ones.
3. From Adolescence to Young Adulthood. The old model of how young people grow up and leave home no longer fits the social and economic realities of our time. Ron Taffel and Martha Straus will teach 20 specific techniques to help guide teens, young adults, and their parents into this new stage of family life.
2. Helping the Bullied Child. The issue of bullying has been pushed to the forefront of society’s concerns as it has grown from schoolyard teasing to vicious, unrelenting personal attacks, leaving children, parents, and mental health professionals feeling helpless. Stan Davis will present his systematic approach to empower bullied kids by building their inner strength and resilience, while also working with their families and schools.
1. Anxious Kids and Their Parents. In this age of helicopter parents and protective child professionals, therapists can inadvertently help create a potent anxiety-reinforcing system around kids. Lynn Lyons will offer an effective program emphasizing humor and play that enables both anxious parents and children to face the inevitable uncertainties of life.
If you work with kids, teens, or families, don’t miss out on attending these workshops! Workshop space is not unlimited, so register now to get your top picks requests in ASAP!