Working with Violent, Suicidal and Self-Destructive Adolescents: A Collaborative Strengths-based Therapy Approach

Working with Violent, Suicidal and Self-Destructive Adolescents: A Collaborative Strengths-based Therapy Approach

Agenda

Day 1: 

9:00 AM           From high-risk problem-determined to solution-determined stories:

                          A Collaborative Strengths-Based Therapy approach

                            Solution-determined collaborative teams: Organizing, recruiting, and

                         co-constructing high quality solutions with the use of the We Can-If

                         Map

The relationship of fit: Effective alliance building and retention strategies

         

10:30 AM        COFFEE BREAK

 

10:45 AM        Skill-building exercise

                       Interviewing for change: Therapeutic questions that elicit client expertise, untold stories, and co-create compelling future realities

                             

12 NOON         LUNCH

1:00 PM           Use of self-as the catalyst for change

  Getting in the door: Effective engagement strategies with reluctant adolescents and other family members

                        The mind as ally: Mindfulness practices and other effective distress management tools and strategies

                         

2:30 PM           COFFEE BREAK

2:45 PM         Engaging and fostering cooperative partnerships with angry, highly pessimistic, laissez-faire,

                  and mental health and substance abuse-impaired parents

                        Going at it alone: Use of one-person family therapy with adolescents and the most concerned

                        parents

4:00 PM           ADJOURN

Day 2:           

9:00 AM          Tailor-fitting therapeutic experiments with clients’ unique needs, strengths, goals and 

                        theories of change

                       Adventures in time traveling: Four uses of the imaginary time machine

                       

10:30 AM       COFFEE BREAK

 10:45 AM       Family connection building rituals

                        Art therapy experiments

                        Expressive writing experiments

12 NOON        LUNCH

1:00 PM          Idea-generating strategies to empower clients to tap their imagination and inventiveness for

                        co-generating novel high quality solutions to their difficulties

                       Skill-building exercise

2:30 PM          COFFEE BREAK

2:45 PM          Covering the back door: Effective family-social network relapse prevention goal-maintenance

                        tools and strategies 

               Creative uses of team strategies for stuck cases

                      Trouble-shooting guidelines for highly complex and difficult intractable client difficulties

                      Co-constructing change: Keys to fostering effective partnerships with involved helping professionals from larger systems

 

4:00 PM          ADJOURN

 

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