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A Home Study Continuing Education Course for
Psychologists, Marriage and Family Therapists, Social Workers, and Mental Health Counselors

Psychology continuing education book cover Breaking Through to Teens: A New Psychotherapy
for the New Adolescence

Ron Taffel, Ph.D., 2005. 292 Pages

10 Hours CE Credits

65 Questions: True/False and Multiple Choice

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This course provides insight into the context and coping strategies of 21st Century teens, as well as spells out effective methods for helping teens change attitudes and behavior. Utilizing a relational-behavioral model developed from decades of experience in working with teens, the author imparts ways to build trust, uncover authentic selves, and bridge the gap between the worlds of adults and teens. In an absorbing and easy to read style, the author addresses therapeutic dilemmas including maintaining confidentiality when there are high-risk behaviors, and moral teens who chronically lie.

Learning Objectives:

Course Outline:

  1. Context: New Adolescence and New Treatment Paradigm

  2. The First Meeting: Getting Teens to Talk

  3. Foundation: Building a Helping Relationship

  4. The Core: Healing the Divided Self

  5. Direction: Advice as Essential to Helping Teens Change Behavior and Attitudes

  6. The Gray Zone: The Truth About Lying to Therapists and Other Child Professionals

  7. Treatment Unbound: Creating "Flexible Confidentiality"

  8. The Parent Trap: Childrearing Advice as Essential to Helping Parents Change Behavior

  9. Stuck: How to Conduct a "Focused Family Session"

  10. The Village: Bringing Friends into Treatment

  11. The Real in Relational: Challenging Ourselves to Stay Three-Dimensional with Teens

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