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Working with Violent, Suicidal and Self-destructive Adolescents

2019-10-10 @ 8:00 am 2019-10-11 @ 5:00 pm

Adolescents presenting with explosive and violent, highly oppositional, school disruptive, serious eating-distressed, heavy substance abuse and self-injury, and delinquent behaviors can be a nightmare to work with even for the most seasoned of therapists. Often, these youth come from families characterized by emotional disconnection, invalidation, and other destructive interactions. The adolescents’ extreme and provocative behaviors attract helping professionals and concerned members from their social networks like a magnet. To further complicate matters, the larger systems professionals often are divided regarding their problem explanations and what the best treatment approach and level of care setting is for the adolescents. How we optimize for treatment success is to combine what works from family therapy science with evidence-based practice wisdom.


SickKids Centre for Community Mental Health Learning Institute