Working with violent, suicidal and self-destructive adolescents: A collaborative strengths-based family therapy approach
2021-03-11 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Adolescents presenting with explosive and violent behaviours – and other behaviours such as highly oppositional, school disruptive, serious eating-distressed, heavy substance abuse and self-injury and delinquent – can be a serious challenge to work with for even the most seasoned of therapists. Often, these youth come from families characterized by emotional disconnection, invalidation, and other destructive interactions.
While the adolescents’ extreme and provocative behaviours attract helping professionals and concerned members from their social network, the larger systems professionals often are divided regarding their problem explanations and what the best treatment approach and level of care setting is for them. Treatment success is optimized through a combination of both family therapy science and evidence-based practice wisdom.
In this “hands-on,” practice-oriented webinar, participants will learn how to tailor-fit and individualize their therapy approach to honour the client’s and family members’ unique preferences, theories of change, and optimize for their goal attainment. The webinar format will combine information-rich didactic presentation, extensive use of videotape examples, and skill-building exercises.
- Identify pathways to high-risk adolescent problem-determined systems: How they develop, are perpetuated, and can be co-authored into solution-determined stories
- Keys to building strong working alliances with even the most resistant high-risk adolescents and their families
- Use key empirically supported family research findings and evidence-based practice wisdom to inform your clinical decision-making
- Identify, recruit, and use of solution-determined collaborative teams comprised of key resource people from the family’s social network to co-construct high quality solutions
- Use of self to create therapeutic breakthroughs with challenging adolescents and their families
- Use of therapeutic questions to elicit client expertise, established well-formed treatment goals, uncover secrets, and to co-create compelling future realities
- Co-design, select, and tailor-fit therapeutic interventions to empower the adolescents and their families to achieve their goals
- Parental empowerment tools and strategies
- Use mindfulness practices to aid adolescents in emotional distress tolerance and to help prevent acting out episodes
- Use effective family-social network relapse prevention tools and strategies
- Keys to fostering cooperative partnerships with helping professionals from larger systems
- Use of one-person family therapy with either the individual adolescent or most concerned parent when other family members are reluctant to participate