Martha Straus

228 – Addressing Attachment Issues with Traumatized Teens

Getting Hooked—and Unhooked
MARTHA STRAUS

To work with troubled and traumatized adolescents, it’s crucial for therapists to first foster their own capacity for self-awareness and self-regulation. It’s not easy, though, especially when our young clients’ extreme reactions—ranging from angry arousal to frozen shutting down—can trigger our own sense of helplessness, failure, dissociation, and rejection. In this workshop, we’ll discuss how to use this nonfunctional cycle to get unhooked by:

  • Identifying specific adolescent attachment styles that interact with or trigger our own
  • Exploring the React, Reflect, and Respond model to best help our clients
  • Using The Four M’s—mirroring, mentalizing, mindfulness, and modulation—to increase connection and mood regulation
  • Focusing on attunement—including strategies of validation, self-disclosure, and the compassionate sharing of adult feelings and opinions—to bring traumatized teens back into relationship with themselves and you

Martha Straus, PhD, a professor in the Department of Clinical Psychology at Antioch University New England, is the author of No-Talk Therapy for Children and Adolescents and Adolescent Girls in Crisis: Intervention and Hope, and the forthcoming Developmental-Relational Interventions with Traumatized Teens: The Challenge of Attachment.

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416 – The Way We Really Work

Ways to Get Through to Teens They Never Taught Us in Grad School
RON TAFFEL & MARTHA STRAUS

At a time when standardized, evidencebased methods are often seen as the clinical gold standard, many of us recognize how central spontaneity, authenticity, and a willingness to be unconventional are to connecting with teen and young adult clients. Using videos, two longtime clinicians will reveal the seat-of-the-pants methods they use to bring fresh life and emotional urgency to their work. If you’ve ever wondered how to get your unfocused, distracted, apathetic young clients to really pay attention, this session is for you. You’ll learn:

  • How to bring more drama and energy into your work, including how to argue with clients and tap into their deepest passions
  • When to genuinely self-disclose and how to confront without triggering defensiveness and disengagement
  • Do’s and don’ts for giving advice as well as how to banter, play ignorant, and express tenderness

Ron Taffel, PhD, chair of the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy, is the author of eight professional and popular books and over 100 articles on therapy and family life.
Martha Straus, PhD, a professor at Antioch University New England, is the author of No-Talk Therapy for Children and Adolescents and the forthcoming Developmental Relational Interventions with Traumatized Teens.

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