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I don’t wanna talk about it: Working with hard to engage children and teens

April 18 @ 10:00 am 1:00 pm

Working with hard to engage clients can be frustrating and challenging, even for seasoned clinicians. The challenge of working with younger clients in therapy can be further compounded by their fear of entering therapy, lack of control over the decision to attend therapy, feeling of being scapegoated for family problems, lack of motivation for treatment, and their developmental capacity that makes it difficult for them to respond to traditional talk therapy.

The first step in working with hard to engage children and teens is understanding the reasons underlying their resistance. The second step involves engaging clients in the therapeutic process.

This webinar will explore various factors that underlie therapeutic resistance. You will learn interventions to engage children in therapy and to maximize the potential for change. Emphasis will be on play-based, expressive arts techniques including therapeutic games, art and stories. These techniques can be used during in-person sessions as well as online sessions.

Learning objectives:

  • Describe the factors underlying therapeutic resistance
  • Implement creative interventions to facilitate rapport-building with children
  • Implement play-based and expressive arts techniques with clients who are reluctant to verbally articulate their thoughts and feelings