Professional Development

"What's the Matter With Kids Today?" Developing and Enhancing a Working Alliance with Today's Adolescents

Sunday, January 13, 2019
2:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Teaneck

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"What's the Matter With Kids Today?" Developing and Enhancing a Working Alliance with Today's Adolescents

It is widely accepted that the adolescent presents a number of difficult challenges for even the most well-meaning professional practitioner. The matter becomes even more serious when it involves the more disturbed individual who is often desperately attempting to reach out for help through very severe expressions of action-oriented behavior (‘acting out’). The seriousness and necessary level of scrutiny goes to still another level when one considers the number of violent incidents that have taken place in our schools over the past 25 years.


Important issues related to both the development and enhancement of a good working alliance with the adolescent through numerous clinical case examples will be discussed. The presentation will be structured in a way that will utilize a long list of incidents to illustrate the relevant clinical issues related to the treatment of adolescents. Included will be a series of vignettes illustrating how specific resistances to the treatment were successfully handled. Significant emphasis will be placed on the overall importance of the ability to set limits and the various techniques that may be utilized in achieving this.

Last Updated: 01/07/19