Mental illness is increasingly threatening the lives of our children; with Canada’s youth suicide rate the third highest in the industrialized world (CMHA). Now, more than ever before, helping professionals need to be trained in effective strategies for working with children & youth if they will be interacting with this population, even if this group is not their primary clinical focus. At the same time, many helping professionals feel ill equipped to help. This is especially true for those who don’t have specific training in child & youth counselling but who nonetheless find themselves at times needing to provide service to this population due to circumstances such as limited community resources, over-burdened systems, and changing agency mandates.
This 2-day interactive workshop will provide participants with a comprehensive set of over 20 creative, practical and effective techniques to use in therapeutic work with children and adolescents – from toddler age through the high school grades and into early adulthood. You will also learn principles and guidelines to help you organically and spontaneously develop your own tailored, individualized and relevant therapeutic assignments for each client, based on their unique situations, needs, feelings, perspectives and personalities. These interventions can be adapted to working with individuals or groups including families. Participants will also explore ways to talk with parents and caregivers about their children that demonstrate caring, empathy and sensitivity.