Excessive anxiety in childhood is a significant predictor of eventual comorbid depression and other conditions. This presentation will identify the cognitive processes and coping strategies that help create a cycle of anxiety, psychosocial isolation, and depression in anxious children and families. Attention will be given to the development of specific, empirically supported Ericksonian strategies which can help shift the anxious individual and family toward malleability, creativity and adaptability.
Whether brief or long-term, the treatment of childhood trauma should include an opportunity for the youngster to abreact (express strong emotion), correct (find individual, community or even fantasized solutions), and to discover contexts (perspectives and understandings of the events that occurred). Dr. Terr will thoroughly discuss and exemplify these three modes of treatment, selecting brief therapies as the clinical examples.
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.
In this "hands-on" practice-oriented workshop, participants will learn effective engagement strategies with children, empirically-based parent management skills, and several family play and art therapy strategies that tap the inventiveness of the child and his/her family members to generate new ideas and co-construct solutions.
What are the differential impacts of divorce on children? This workshop will consider the thoughts, feelings, behavior, issues, concerns and needs of children in different age groups, from birth to 50 years, within the framework of the stages of the divorce process and for years afterwards. Lecture, discussion, clinical examples and role plays will be interspersed as efficacious interventions are considered.
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. The workshop will teach a method of effectively treating severe problems of children and adolescents, using an invariant opening question, strategic dialogue and metaphorical techniques.
For centuries, clinicians have been baffled as to how to achieve healthy outcomes in the treatment of anorexia nervosa. In this workshop, the presenter will describe how she assisted a nine-year-old female soccer player, who experienced disordered eating. The techniques used to facilitate performance, such as goal-setting, mental rehearsal, and positive selftalk, will be explained, as well as unique approaches with Ericksonian hypnosis and imagery. The use of puppetry, which was an adjunct to Parts Therapy, will be demonstrated. With Christine Silverstein.
A Strengths-Based Therapy approach provides practitioners with essential principles and practices for improving effectiveness and outcomes with adolescents and families. Participants in this workshop will be introduced to current research findings on effective practice and will learn key strategies to strengthen the therapeutic relationship and alliance, maximize client contributions to change, and respond efficiently to client progress. The strategies offered can be applied to a wide range of settings with a continuum of concerns.