Stop Walking on Eggshells:
How To Do Counseling with Reactive and Reluctant Adolescents
Janet Edgette, Psy.D.
Earn 6 CE/CME Hours
This practical and original workshop teaches how to work with teenagers who may show little interest in sitting in a room and discussing their problems with an unfamiliar adult. Many of these clients come only because they are told to, and have many ways to communicate their disinterest in therapy or even contempt for the process. Learn how to avoid the traps of becoming too careful or self-conscious with the rejecting teenage client, or, alternatively, of trying harder than the client to make the therapy work.
Dr. Edgette shows how to orchestrate individual and family sessions that genuinely appeal to these kids and offer them dignified, face-saving ways out of their problems. The workshop stresses that holding teenagers accountable for their actions and choices is just as important as providing compassion for their plights, and helps attendees manage impasses and confrontations while keeping the therapeutic relationship intact. It also covers working collaboratively with parents, teachers, and other third parties who may have unrealistic expectations about how therapy can work. Numerous case examples from Dr. Edgette`s practice are used to illustrate how to intervene in ways that avert power struggles and going nowhere conversations that frustrate therapists and bore their young clients.
Purpose of Training
This home study will help professionals deal more effectively with difficult teens and their families.
After completing this home study, learners will be better able to: