Full Day Workshops

I offer these full day workshops for mental health counselors and other professional helpers:

  • Transforming Teen Therapy
  • Behind the Mask: Understanding and Treating Depression in Adolescent Males
  • Getting Unstuck: Understanding and Treating Co-occurring Disorders in Teens
  • Mindfulness with Teens
  • Rainbow Teens: Clinical and Ethical Considerations When Working With LGBTQ+ Youth
  • Teens and the Pandemic Blues

Descriptions can be found below. These full day workshops are typically scheduled 9:00am to 4:30pm, with an hour lunch and two fifteen minute breaks, for a total of 6 clock hours of training.  For more details or to schedule a presentation, contact me today.

TRANSFORMING TEEN THERAPY
Many teens hate counseling, presenting as unwilling, oppositional, or completely resistant. If that isn’t enough, few counselors have actual training working with teens. Instead, we treat teen clients like big kids or little adults, and then wonder why they seem apathetic, ambivalent, or simply stuck. In this workshop, we’ll explore dozens of strategies rooted in evidence-based practices and real world experience — with a focus on building therapeutic alliance, increasing willingness, and making change happen.

BEHIND THE MASK:  UNDERSTANDING AND TREATING DEPRESSION IN ADOLESCENT MALES
Depression is soaring among adolescent males. However, these young men frequently go undiagnosed and untreated, often because they don’t exhibit standard diagnostic criteria. Instead – after a lifetime being told boys don’t cry – they appear angry, oppositional, self-destructive, or simply numb. They hide behind these masks, pushing away the world and hoping nobody notices they’re actually sad, lonely, vulnerable boys. In this highly interactive workshop, we’ll develop the knowledge and skills to look behind those masks.

GETTING UNSTUCK:  UNDERSTANDING AND TREATING CO-OCCURRING DISORDERS IN TEENS
Studies show that 45% of teens in mental health services have a co-occurring substance use disorder. Unfortunately, most counselors working with teens have little or no training when it comes to assessing or addressing substance-related problems. This workshop helps fix that — by increasing our understanding of co-occurring disorders, examining the stuckness that can develop and exploring practical, field-tested strategies for treating substance use disorders in teens.

MINDFULNESS WITH TEENS
Research shows that practicing mindfulness can be extremely helpful to those challenged by depression, anxiety, ADHD, substance use disorders, and more. In fact, mindfulness is an essential component of several evidence-based practices. However, the abstract nature of mindfulness can make it challenging to teach in a ways that are meaningful and translate into the daily lives of many teen clients. This highly interactive workshop focuses on strategies for doing just that.

RAINBOW TEENS: CLINICAL AND ETHICAL CONSIDERATIONS WHEN WORKING WITH LGBTQ+ YOUTH
Studies show that LGBTQ+ teens are significantly more likely than peers to experience a wide variety of challenges — including depression,  substance-related problems, trauma, suicidal thoughts, homelessness, and more. This workshop provides an interactive, non-judgmental space to explore a wide variety of clinical and ethical considerations when meeting with LGBTQ+ teens — including cultural competency issues, impacts of minority stress and trauma, practical ideas for fostering resilience and building therapeutic alliance, and more.

TEENS AND THE PANDEMIC BLUES
The pandemic continues and teens are bored, lonely and lethargic. Depression, anxiety, substance use, self-harm and other concerns have increased. And, for some teens, worries about the future have grown into existential dread. In this highly interactive training, we’ll review the past few months, consider the impact of lost rites of passage, and explore practical ideas for decreasing the boredom and lethargy. We’ll also explore ideas for helping teens express and ultimately accept feelings of social isolation, disappointment about cancelled events, and that existential dread.