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BT08 Workshop 04 - Pathways to Solutions with Self-Harming Adolescents: A Collaborative Strengths-Based Therapy Approach - Matthew Selekman, MSW, LCSW

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Workshops |  Children and Adolescent Therapy |  Brief Therapy |  Meditation, Spirituality and Yoga |  Mindfulness |  Strengths-Based
Brief Therapy Conference |  Brief Therapy Conference 2008
Matthew Selekman, MSW
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Original Program Date:
Dec 11, 2008
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Adolescent self-harming behavior is on the rise and is one of the most challenging presenting problems school professionals, healthcare providers, and therapists will face in their clinical practice settings. In this "hands-on" practice-oriented workshop, participants will learn several distress management tools and strategies to strengthen the adolescent's self-soothing and coping capacities and family connection building rituals and therapeutic experiments to foster closer and stronger parent-adolescent relationships. Parent management skills for constructively responding to their adolescents' inevitable self-harming slips will be presented.

Educational Objectives:

  1. To describe the use of mindfulness meditation, visualization and multi-sensory distress management strategies in self=soothing and coping abilities.
  2. To describe the use of family connection-building rituals to strengthen parent-adolescent relationships.

*Sessions may be edited for content and to preserve confidentiality*



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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.