Working with Challenging High-Risk Adolescents: An Individualized Family Therapy Approach

Many clinicians today are increasingly being referred challenging high-risk adolescents coming from multi-problem families with extensive treatment histories. This workshop presents an eco-systemic, strengths-based integrative family therapy approach that targets interventions at the adolescent, family, social network, school, juvenile justice, and community levels. Practical guidelines for how to tailor-fit our family therapy approach with the adolescents’ presenting problems, families’ dynamics and characteristics, and their unique needs, preferences, and goals are presented. Participants will come away from this workshop having learned a plethora of empirically supported therapeutic tools and strategies for a wide range of serious adolescent behavioral difficulties. Extensive use of videotape examples of major therapeutic tools and strategies and skill-building exercises are provided.

In this workshop, participants will learn:

  • Specific therapeutic questions to elicit family members’ strengths, resiliencies, past successes, well-formed behavioral goals, secrets, and compelling future realities of success
  • Art, expressive writing, and drama strategies
  • Family-social network relapse prevention tools and strategies

Presented by Matthew D. Selekman, MSW, LCSW, CRADC

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