Counseling teenagers can be immensely frustrating or splendidly gratifying. In this workshop, participants will sharpen their skills by viewing and discussing videos from actual counseling sessions. More than 20 cognitive behavior, emotional, and constructive counseling techniques will be illustrated and demonstrated. Examples include acknowledging reality, the authentic purpose statement, asset flooding, and externalizing language. Counselor countertransference and multicultural issues will be highlighted.
Counselors who work with adolescents face a difficult challenge: On the one hand, adolescents bring a deep, possibly genetic interest in independence-striving to counseling. Recognition of this inner force or drive toward self-improvement is remarkably robust and redundant in psychological, spiritual, and anthropological writings. On the other hand, although most teens want to change for the better, what they define as better is often diametrically opposed to what adults define as better (for the teenagers). Additionally, because coming to talk to a stranger about personal issues is not a situation that most teenagers find comfortable, teenagers may exhibit an immediate and natural resistance to counseling. This LI addresses the challenge of counseling teenagers by focusing on specific principles and techniques designed to cut through a natural client or student resistance and activate cooperation and their inherent positive growth potential. The educational content in this LI is theoretical, empirical, and practical.
Participants will be able to describe and articulate four key principles for working with challenging teenagers
Participants will be able to utilize evidence-informed assessment and engagement techniques with challenging teenagers
Participants will be able to identify and manage cultural and family diversity issues with sensitivity and humility
Participants will acquire skills for using 20+ evidence-based relationship and technical intervention strategies
Participants will be able to describe and apply a brief suicide assessment and intervention strategy
Participants will be able to identify and manage countertransference reactions that are likely to occur when working with teenage clients or students