Adolescent self-harming behavior is on the rise and one of the most challenging presenting problems therapists will face today in their clinical practice settings. Therapists referred these clients are often intimidated by their cutting and burning behaviors, the DSM IV labels they have been given, and the army of helping professionals involved with them and their families. many of these adolescents have experienced multiple treatment failures, feel emotionally disconnected from their parents, and come from families where there may be difficulties with marital or post-divorce conflicts, invalidating family interactions, gender power imbalance issues, or family secrets. In this hands-on, practice-oriented workshop, participants will learn a collaborative, strengths-based therapy approach that capitalizes on the strengths and resources of the adolescent, family members, concerned peers, adult inspirational others, and involved helpers from larger systems to rapidly co-construct solutions. videotape examples of major therapeutic techniques and strategies will be provided.
*Sessions may be edited for content and to preserve confidentiality*
Family therapist in private practice and the co-director of Partners for Collaborative Solutions, an international family therapy training and consulting practice in Evanston, Illinois. Selekman received the Walter S. Rosenberry Award in 2006, 2000 and 1999 from The Children’s Hospital in Denver, Colorado, for having made significant contributions to the fields of psychology and behavioral sciences.
Author of four professional practice-oriented books: Working with Self- Harming Adolescents: A Collaborative, Strengths-Based Therapy Approach; Pathways to Change: Brief Therapy with Difficult Adolescents (Second Edition); Solution-Focused Therapy with Children: Harnessing Family Strengths for Systemic Change; and Family Therapy Approaches with Adolescent Substance Abusers. Selekman has presented workshops on his collaborative strengths-based therapy approach with challenging children and adoles- cents extensively throughout the US, Canada, Mexico, South America, Europe and Australia. He is an AAMFT Approved Supervisor and Clinical Member.