This workshop will focus on providing treatment strategies clinicians and other human services providers can use in their work with youth who are troubled by circumstances that complicate the negotiation of the "normal developmental struggles" of adolescence. A framework for understanding adolescents who are prone toward angry, aggressive and explosive behaviors will be presented. Specific strategies for enhancing effective assessment, engagement and treatment with troubled adolescents will be provided.
Many therapists dread working with adolescents because of their unpredictable high risk behavior. Although adolescents may appear disconnected and uninvolved, they are extremely sensitive to family moods, expectations and conflicts and their behavior is often a refection of what is happening in the family at any given time. This family centered approach is focused on identifying and changing the triggers both inside and outside the family that lead to destructive behavior such as substance abuse, self-mutilation, violence, depression and suicidal symptoms. Guidelines for clarifying issues, correcting distortions, opening up significant areas of communication and establishing positive interactions with family members will be demonstrated with video tapes that show the step-by-step process of change.
Between 2003 and 2006 Dr. Terr collected 48 vignettes form 34 child and adolescent psychiatrists describing turning points in young people's therapies. Before the turning point, the child patient had been making progress, at a standstill, or doing poorly. Afterward, he or she changed dramatically for the better. This keynote will present four aspects of these dramatic changes that therapists can easily keep in mind: the therapist's persona; the therapeutic atmosphere; the therapist's correct "read" of the child; and the therapeutic reaction. Many of these moments come with careful planning. But, just as many - or more - develop in a "blink."
The language a therapist uses to conceptualize and treat a problem determines whether or not that problem can be resolved effectively. Plato's story of the cave, where the inhabitants see only shadows, is a useful metaphor for how the language of therapy can generate either confusion or clarity. This workshop will teach a method of effectively treating severe problems of children and adolescents, using an invariant opening question, strategic dialogue and metaphorical techniques.
In this workshop, you will learn about brief Ericksonian and CBT solutions for children, adolescents and the troubled child in you. I have pioneered these over the last decade during which I have done this type of therapy with children and adolescents on a full-time basis, and trained other clinicians working with this population. There are essentially two methods within each session that you conduct with your child or adolescent client which you will learn to do. These can bring back and begin to use immediately in your practice following this conference.
Clinicians are seeing an increase in the number of individuals they treat that are diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome and they struggle to find effective and efficacious ways to effect change in this unique population of individuals. This Short Course focuses on practical, brief and strategic interventions that can be applied in longer term therapies with individuals diagnosed with Asperger's and other high functioning autism spectrum disorders.
This workshop will offer a guide to understanding the inter-personal pattern of violent interactions. whether they may be between couples, parents and children, friends or co-workers. Effective strategies such as using positive questions, reframing comments, tasks, rituals and hypnotic procedures will be discussed.
Ericksonian psychotherapy emphasizes the utilization of people's resources. When working with children of divorced parents, I focus on strengths and keep in mind the Ericksonian interventions should be brief because children may get tired of being in therapy for a long time. In a case with two children, techniques including the use of toys will be discussed. How to make several brief interventions quickly while utilizing "toy co-therapists" in home assignments, and the combination of conversational trance with tasks will be emphasized. There also will be references to the importance of working with the family system.
This presentation addresses the issues of teen anger and "acting out" from a brief therapy approach to treatment. Interventions psychotherapists can integrate into family therapy enhancing parent capabilities and encouraging improved relationships with their teens will be presented. An experiential exercise will be provided helping attendees integrate brief, goal-oriented approaches as well as hypnotic and strategic interventions.