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In Consultation

Truths and Consequences: Helping Teens Make Good Decisions

May/June 2019
When it comes to high-risk behaviors, therapists can find themselves caught between boundary-testing teens and their concerned parents.

In Consultation

Speak Easy: Keeping It Real with Your Teen Clients

March/April 2017
How to keep it real with teenage clients.
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Shaking & Dancing in Dharamsala

A Group of Tibetan Refugees Find their Inner Guides

November/December 2013
How do you help 200 teenagers who’ve had to flee their country find a path to peace in a new place? A psychiatrist who’s traveled across the world to help traumatized refugees from Tibet guides them to a source of wisdom and hope within themselves.

Why Teens Hate Therapy

Mistakes Therapists Should Avoid

September/October 2012
It’s probably fair to say that most teens loathe the very idea of therapy. Yet, with confused and troubled adolescents needing our help more than ever, the gap between our grad school training and what works in real-life practice continues to widen.
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In Consultation

Mission Possible: The Art of Engaging Tough Teens

January/February 2008
What to do when your teen clients give you the silent treatment.

Case Studies

The Teenager Who Was a Liar: Helping a family redefine its story

March/April 2007
Facing the challenge of working with a dissembling adolescent in a blended family means changing the "official story" of the problem.

Confronting the New Anxiety

How Therapists can Help Today's Fearful Kids

November/December 2003
Teens and preteens today pulsate with anxiety in a pressure-cooker youth culture and an explosive world, ever at the edge. Not that you'd know it when you first meet them. For the most part, they don't act particularly scared. But for all their apparent bravado, kids need the felt presence of adults—the undeniable evidence that we can be emotionally there for them, keeping them safe and providing them with the structure and guidance they crave in a frighteningly chaotic world. Nothing less seems to hold their anxiety, or capture their digital-speed, supersaturated attention.

The Four Most Common Mistakes in Treating Teeens

And What You Can Do About It

July/August 2000
Any therapist treating domestic violence takes one look at a husband who is dominating and abusing his wife and recognizes that he exercises power over her. Yet, when a teenager threatens, dominates by shouting and imposing guilt and controls her parents by threatening to run away, too many therapists fail to realize that abuse is going on.

Getting Real

Candor and Connection with Adolescents

September/October 1999
Carl was a 17-year-old client of mine whom I always hoped would stand me up. Ten or twelve minutes into a scheduled therapy session, when it seemed clear that he had given me the slip, I could actually feel the knot in my stomach begin to uncoil, my shoulders soften, my jaw unclench. Ahhhh, I'd sigh inwardly. Safe for another week.

The Second Family

A Teen's Peer Group Is a Rich Resource for Family Therapists

May/June 1996
When family therapist Ron Taffel wrote this article in 1996, an explosive upsurge of youth pop culture called into question the very idea that parents must reestablish firm authority over teens. With the advent of smartphones and instant, constant access to peers, this cornerstone of family systems theory has crumbled even further. The central question Taffel asks is even more urgent now: if pop culture reigns, and teens are firmly embedded in a peer-driven “second family,” what role, if any, can parents play in providing guidance to troubled adolescents?
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