Convening Tough Conversations between Adolescents and Parents in Therapy
Join this trauma-informed training to learn about facilitating tough conversations and conflict relief between children and their parents in therapy presented by Wilder’s Community Mental Health and Wellness team. *Price includes 3.5-4 CEU hours (see CEU Information below) Conflict between teens with attachment trauma histories and parents is predictable. Any event can stir abandonment demons of “I need you- No I don’t.” When families enter into therapy for conflict relief, parent and teen are often at the high mark of fear and anger. Before conflicts can be addressed and plans of action made, emotional safety must be partially repaired. Facilitating tough conversations as an attachment savvy professional takes a certain set of skills and use of self. It requires the ability to actively engage the “push-pull” relational system, tolerate explosive expressions of fear and loss, while drawing out humor and parent-child connection. Truly, the therapist must channel the art form of a dance choreographer, pulling together a cast of characters, movements, emotions and differing perspectives of parent and youth, in order to create a shared experience that moves and calms anxious hearts. Specific steps to “choreograph" these hard conversations will be outlined, role-played and practiced in this interactive, advanced therapy skills workshop. Participants will learn how to: Assess the “push- pull” cycle at play between your client parents and teens with attachment losses. Observe and practice family therapy methods to effectively move into vs away from strong emotions between parent and teen. Create enough safety to explore attachment needs within actions and emotions. Facilitate relational repair interactions between teen and parent that strengthen the parent’s capacity to offer a "safe base” for a teen in this difficult launching time of life. Who should attend this training: Mental Health Professionals CEU Information: Minnesota Board of Psychology - 3.5 CEU Hour Approved Minnesota Board of Social Work - 3.5 CEU Hours Approved Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy - 3.5 CEU Hours Approved MInnesota Board of Marriage and Family Therapy - 4.0 CEU Hours Approved About the Presenter: Krista Nelson, LICSW, LMFT has thirty years of post-masters experience working with children and parents who are coping with attachment loss, trauma and family changes, especially with youth who entered a family through adoption. She is co-founder of Family Circle Counseling in St. Paul, MN and led the Wilder Foundation’s Attachment and Trauma Training program from 2001 to 2017. Today she is a frequent trainer and trauma consultant for many statewide children and family mental health organizations, including the Wilder Foundation. She continues to offer the popular MN ADOPT parent workshop Surviving and Thriving Beyond the RAD Diagnosis and is adjunct Social Work faculty at the University of St. Thomas teaching trauma informed practice to emerging therapists. Krista is an attachment focused family therapist with advanced training in EMDR and Emotion Focused Couples Therapy who actually loves the balance of doing therapy with playful children, teens, adults, parents and couples in their quest for healing. Questions about this training topic, please contact Krista Nelson at Krista.firstname.lastname@example.org Questions about the registration, please contact Wilder Center for Learning and Excellence at Training@wilder.org
451 Lexington Parkway North
Saint Paul, MN 55103
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