Contributed by Martha Straus
Practice Tools - May/June 2022
"Own Your Hooks and How They Affect You" and "Understand Your Role in the Cycle of Escalation"
VIDEO: The Power of Predictability
The Cornerstone of a Strong Therapeutic Alliance
Providing familiarity and predictability is one of our greatest tools in therapy, and can provide much-needed comfort to clients who aren't used to it. According to Martha Straus, an expert in working with kids and teens, young people need this familiarity the most, especially when they've survived trauma. Here, she explains how to model it in your work. Read More
My Nightmare Client, My Greatest Gift
Sometimes Our "Worst" Clients Are Our Best Teachers
Craving Device-Free Attention
Technoconflicts in Families Today
Therapists are used to adolescent girls grumbling about their hovering, overinvolved parents. But these days, many have a new complaint—technoference in the home. Even as they’re tethered to their own screens, teens are wanting more, not less, of their digitally distracted parents’ attention. Read More
Listening to the Next Generation
Are We Hearing What They Have to Say?
Are You a "Permaparent"?
Your Adult Child Just Moved Back Home. But Is It Normal?
Today, about 25 million young adults between between 18 and 34 are currently residing with their parents. In its basic form, this story holds that most emerging adults still living at home are wretched, entitled, or manipulative. But the new bungee family offers emerging adults and our fragmented social fabric a healing alternative, one that's injecting the best social capital available into the human mix. Read More
Martha Straus, PhD, a professor in the Department of Clinical Psychology at Antioch University New England, is the author of No-Talk Therapy for Children and Adolescents, Adolescent Girls in Crisis, and Treating Traumatized Adolescents: Development, Attachment, and the Therapeutic Relationship.