Teens Who Hurt: Strategies for Helping Troubled and Aggressive Adolescents

Under the best of circumstances adolescence is a stressful and challenging stage of life, and when teens are exposed to conditions that are traumatic and wounding, the normative challenges of this life stage are greatly exacerbated. Adolescents who are subjected to devaluation, either at the family, community, or societal level, and who experience the disruption of community and dehumanized loss, are prone to rage. Depending on how rage is challenged, it can lead to aggression and violence that may be directed at others as well as the self. This workshop will present and discuss a model for understanding the aggravating factors that underpin the anger and aggression that leads some adolescents to harm others or themselves. Strategies will be presented that therapists, teachers, parents and other concerned adults can employ to engage troubled adolescents and to address and heal the aggravating factors that contribute to their distressed emotions and behaviors.

In this workshop, participants will learn:

  • To identify common challenges associated with the stage of adolescence.
  • To identify and discuss the four aggravating factors that comprise the conceptual model for understanding adolescent anger and aggression.
  • Strategies that can be used to engage adolescents and treat the four aggravating factors.

Tracey Laszloffy, LMFT, PhD, is the Director of the Center for Relationship Healing, a former MFT clinical coordinator for Northcentral University, a former associate professor at Alliant International University,  a former program director and associate professor at Seton Hill University,  a former assistant professor at the University of Connecticut, and former adjunct faculty at Syracuse University.

Date: Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Time: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Tuition: $135
CEUs for NYS: 6
CEUs for NASW – CT: 5

If you would like to mail or fax in your application form, download a printable application

The Ackerman Institute for the Family SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0052.

If you are an Ackerman alumni of the Externship or current Ackerman student, please contact the Training Department to register.

Damaly Ferreira
212 879-4900, ext 111