Shorter Presentations

I offer these shorter presentations:

  • Behind the Mask: Depression in Adolescent Males
  • Understanding Co-occurring Disorders in Teens
  • Beyond the Stuckness: Teens, Trauma & Substance Use Disorders
  • Attached to Drugs: Adolescents, Substance Use Disorders & Insecure Attachments
  • Engaging Avoidant Teens: Attachment-Informed Strategies for Building Therapeutic Alliance

Descriptions can be found below. These presentations run about two hours each. They’re excellent choices for staff trainings, keynotes, or other settings. For details or to schedule a presentation, contact me today.

BEHIND THE MASK: DEPRESSION IN ADOLESCENT MALES
Depression is soaring in adolescent males, who often go undiagnosed and untreated. Instead — after years being told boys don’t cry — they appear angry, self-destructive, or simply numb. They hide behind these masks, hoping nobody notices they’re actually sad, lonely boys. In this presentation, we’ll explore the knowledge and skills necessary to look behind the masks and help these adolescent males start moving forward.

UNDERSTANDING CO-OCCURRING DISORDERS IN TEENS
Professional helpers working with teens generally have little training or experience with co-occurring disorders – even though nearly half the teens in mental health services have a substance use disorder and 80% of teens in substance abuse treatment have a mental health challenge. In this highly interactive presentation, we’ll address this — by exploring the stages of use, common reasons for using, the role of trauma in substance use, and more.

BEYOND THE STUCKNESS: TEENS, TRAUMA & SUBSTANCE USE DISORDERS
The connection between substance-related problems and trauma is clear.. Unfortunately, this connection often goes unnoticed and unaddressed — leading to teens stuck in endless cycles of maladaptive behaviors, experiencing multiple treatment failures and frustrating even the most dedicated professional helpers. In this presentation, we’ll explore ways that trauma and substance use exacerbate each other, increase  our understanding of trauma impacts, and identify the difference between trauma-informed and trauma-specific care.

ATTACHED TO DRUGS: ADOLESCENTS, SUBSTANCE USE DISORDERS & INSECURE ATTACHMENTS
Evidence shows a strong connection between insecure attachments and substance-related problems. In this presentation, we’ll explore this connection, specifically among teens. We’ll start by reviewing foundational information on attachment. Then we’ll explore ways insecure attachment and substance-related problems can collide. Finally, we’ll examine practical strategies for effectively working with insecurely attached teens.

ENGAGING AVOIDANT TEENS: ATTACHMENT-INFORMED STRATEGIES FOR BUILDING THERAPEUTIC ALLIANCE
Building effective therapeutic alliances with avoidant teens can seem daunting to even the most seasoned professional helper. However, numerous studies show this is essential for engagement, retention, and positive clinical outcomes, especially with teens. In this presentation, we’ll deepen our understanding of avoidant attachment style, explore the importance of developing rapport with avoidant teens, and explore practical skills for fostering alliance.