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Getting Through to Today’s Distracted Youth

It’s harder than ever to get through to kids and teens in therapy.

The traditional approaches that are supposed to work too often don’t fit our Digital Age clients.

The time has come to rethink our standard methods!

Fortunately, there’s a new range of innovative approaches you can use to get your young clients more engaged.

In our brand new Webcast series A New Road Map for Working with Kids and Teens, you’ll find new ways to get through to even the most resistant client. You’ll learn:

  • How the latest research on brain development can inform a more effective approach with young clients
  • Powerful methods for helping kids cope with uncomfortable emotions like anger, anxiety, grief, sadness, and fear
  • A range of methods for fostering an atmosphere of play, risk-taking, and creativity in your consultation room
  • Concrete guidance on how to use mind/body methods, mindfulness practices, meditation, and imagery with even your youngest clients
  • Practical tips on how to involve parents in treatment and support a child’s changes back home

Join leading experts Ron Taffel, Charlotte Reznick, Daniel Siegel, Lynn Lyons, Martha Straus, and Janet Edgette for 6 lively conversations on what really works with today’s kids and teens. Learn how to integrate the most effective new approaches into your own practice right away.

Learn How to Engage the Kids and Teens
in Your Practice from these Leaders in the Field

Session 1:

How to Connect with Today’s Chronically Dysregulated Teens
Ron Taffel, Ph.D.

Here’s a contemporary approach to working with wary young clients allergic to anything that sounds like textbook therapy. Explore:

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  • How to find the “spark of life” that can make therapy come alive for resistant young clients
  • The importance of using drama and expressiveness to make an impression on teens and become a more meaningful presence in their lives
  • How to use banter, storytelling, and ritual to get the full attention of distracted teens
  • The most effective ways of offering advice to young clients without being disregarded

Ron Taffel is the author of eight books and the chairman of the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy.

Session 2:

Using Mindfulness and Mediation with Kids
Charlotte Reznick, Ph.D.

Learn how to use mediation, mindfulness, and imagery (MMI) to help kids and teens access their inner wisdom. You’ll learn how to:

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  • Adapt mindfulness and other “adult” practices to various stages of cognitive and emotional development in kids
  • Enhance your ability to help kids cope with uncomfortable emotions like anxiety, anger, sadness, grief, and fear
  • Increase kids’ capacity to focus their attention and better achieve peak performance in school and other areas of life
  • Involve parents in therapy and make sure they support their children’s use of mindfulness and imagery practices at home

Charlotte Reznick is the author of The Power of Your Child’s Imagination: How to Transform Stress and Anxiety into Joy and Success.

Session 3:

Busting the Myths of the Teenage Brain
Daniel Siegel, M.D.

Learn the benefits of helping both teens and their parents develop a fuller understanding of how the adolescent brain works. Discover how to:

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  • Integrate the latest research on teenage brain development into your approach
  • Challenge beliefs about “the raging hormones” driving teenage behavior and other negative misconceptions
  • Appreciate the upside of the teenaged brain, including the search for novelty, risk-taking, and creativity
  • Use specific strategies for empowering teens based on fuller knowledge of how their brains are organized to shape their thinking and behavior
  • Help parents use knowledge of their children’s brain to enrich their relationship with them

Dan Siegel is one of the pioneers in bringing brain science into clinical practice. His books include Brainstorm, Mindsight, and The Mindful Therapist.

Session 4:

The Power of Play and Humor
Lynn Lyons, L.I.C.S.W.

Discover how transforming therapy from a deadly serious business to a lighter, more creative experience can be the key to success with wary kids and teens. You’ll master:

  • How to introduce hope, energy, and a solution-orientated approach
  • Techniques like concrete goal-setting, externalization, and role-playing that can normalize problems and create more liberating ways to deal with them
  • Specific methods for bringing more of your own expressiveness and authentic personhood into your work
  • How to best use homework and what happens between sessions to make sure therapeutic gains translate outside the consulting room

Lynn Lyons specializes in working with anxiety in children. She is the coauthor of Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents.

Session 5:

Brain to Brain: Soothing the Traumatized Adolescent
Martha Straus, Ph.D.

Find out about an approach based on therapeutic co-regulation in which the clinician “loans” young clients his or her brain to help them re-regulate emotion. You’ll learn:

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  • Alternatives to the “timeout” as a disciplinary practice for out-of-control adolescents
  • How to use modeling and mirroring techniques to help teens calm and soothe themselves
  • Specific down-regulating techniques to teach kids how to manage their volatile emotions
  • Up-regulating techniques to help emotionally suppressed teens express and embrace their feelings

Martha Straus is the author of No-Talk Therapy for Children and Adolescents and Adolescent Girls in Crisis: Intervention and Hope.

Session 6:

Engaging Kids Who Hate Therapy
Janet Edgette, Psy.D.

Increase your ability to work with resistant adolescents who find standard therapeutic approaches artificial—even infuriating. You’ll learn:

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  • How to avoid standard therapeutic pitfalls like excessive questioning, walking on egg shells, and relying on premeditated protocols
  • How to build conversations with teens that are therapeutic without sounding that way
  • Specific strategies to use with kids who burrow into silence, express their contempt for therapy, and provoke your anger
  • How to establish yourself as a trustworthy presence by introducing ways of bringing more accountability into the therapy relationship

Janette Edgette is the author of Adolescent Therapy That Works: Helping Kids Who Never Asked for Help in the First Place.

Just Added: Premium Bonus Video

Step-by-Step Guide to an Effective Approach
for Connecting with Hard-to-Manage Kids

Have you ever thrown up your hands in frustration when working with a hard-to-manage, oppositional, sometimes explosive kid? Here’s help that you can use right away.

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If this can’t be just treat as text Ross Greene is the recognized master at working effectively with “troublesome” kids. He’s perfected a simple, structured approach that’s extremely effective and in this video interview, he explains exactly how to use it. It’s refreshingly straightforward and something you can begin to begin to apply in your practice right away.

Have You Ever Wondered How to...

  • Get young, stony-faced clients to open up to you?
  • React to zoned-out kids who keep checking their mobile devices in your office?
  • Bring the benefits of mindfulness practices into your work with kids and teens of all ages?
  • Use the insights of brain science to open up new possibilities in joining with young clients?
  • Set limits with an obnoxious teen who keeps baiting you?

Get answers to your questions plus practical, up-to-date guidance about working with your reluctant younger clients in our all-new 6-session Webcast series A New Road Map for Working with Kids and Teens.

A New Way to Learn: A Note from Rich Simon

Dear Colleague,

As editor of the Psychotherapy Networker for over 30 years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to engage your curiosity, anticipate your questions, and make sure you get answers you can use. I’ve also learned that any subject, if approached in the right way, can be deeply engrossing, understandable, and entertaining.

My goal in each Webcast interview is to zero in on what you need to know to deepen your craft as a therapist. At the same time, the spontaneous, free flow of conversation makes learning far more enjoyable than stodgy workshop lectures and PowerPoint presentations. Our Webcast series are an exciting, new way to stay on the field’s cutting edge.

But enough words—to see what we mean, just click on the video below to watch a preview.

Watch Martha Straus describe her brain-to-brain approach with a traumatized teen.

Networker Webcasts offer a lively, close-up learning experience with the field’s leading teachers and innovators. You’ll discover practical approaches and methods you can use in your very next session with a client, without having to leave home or miss a day of work. It’s the best CE deal you’ll find anywhere.  


Get All 6 Webcast Sessions for
Learning that Fits Your Schedule

  • Watch each Webcast as it airs, starting July 8 and join the online chat conversation that follows each session
  • Watch them again and again for a full year. Take up to a year from purchase date to complete your CE quiz online
  • Download audios of each session so you can listen any time—in your car, at home, or while you exercise
  • Download full transcripts and bonus articles to add to your permanent library

If you're not completely satisfied, we'll refund your money in full—100%. Just let us know within 30 days. I'm that confident that you'll find this learning experience to be all that's promised and more than you expected.

Here's What Your Colleagues
Say about Networker Webcasts

quote-authors-swallow The rich, succinct content presented by
leaders in each subject area is insightful,
practical, and well worth the price.
Ellen S.
- Hermosa Beach, CA

quote-authors-harnisch Thanks for a session with immediately
applicable concepts.
Ruth Ann H. - Hampton Bays, NY
quote-authors-shwartz Whoa! That was excellent--great material!
I'll listen to this about ten times. Thank you.
Andrew S.
- Austin, TX
quote-authors-crespi Thank you, Rich Simon, for having such great
Webcasts and being an excellent interviewer.
Lee C.
- New York, NY


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The content of this course is at the introductory to intermediate level.