Ron Taffel

323 – Treating the Out-of-Control Parent

A Trauma-Informed Approach

In the high-stress 21st-century world, parents increasingly complain of depression, psychic paralysis and sudden impulsivity, intrusive thoughts of failure, even harming their own children, and over time, losing a loving connection with them. Feeling out-of-control and inadequate as parents, they regularly experience small and large “t” trauma—a major unaddressed reason they often flounder in their efforts to provide guidance and support to their children and teens. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to:

  • Help parents move from narratives of shame, blame, and failure to greater compassion toward themselves and their kids
  • Use incident debriefing to redefine and move beyond distressing experiences involving vicious fights, near death acting-out, running away, and more
  • Teach parents sensory exercises to help them self-soothe, think more calmly, and communicate more effectively before escalations
  • Put parents in touch with dissociated self-parts (usually internalized versions of their own parents) that impulsively and destructively pop out when conflicts with their children escalate

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.

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416 – The Way We Really Work

Ways to Get Through to Teens They Never Taught Us in Grad School

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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7:00 PM Friday Dinner Event

My Most Unforgettable Session: An Evening of Storytelling
Courtney Armstrong, Mary Jo Barrett, Margaret Nichols, Terry Real, Hedy Schleifer, Ron Taffel

Join six Master Therapists as they engage in the art of storytelling and
invite you into an evening of deep listening and authentic experience.
As in the acclaimed first-person storytelling program The Moth, each
therapist will recount a deeply felt, real-life experience that will inspire,
provoke, and enchant. The more you listen, the more you’ll feel like
you’re huddled around a campfire exchanging stories and sharing insights in an
experience of communal discovery.

Each therapist will reveal a tale from the heart about a session, a client, or a
therapeutic moment that stands out from all the others because it was . . . the most
meaningful? Surprising? Humbling? Explosive? Hilarious? Come and find out!
Whether told from the point of view of the therapist, client, or supervisor,
the story will be a no-holds barred revelation ranging the gamut of emotions of
empathy, fear, suffering, celebration, pain, intimacy, embarrassment, and wonder.
You’ll leave with a deepened sense of what it means at the core to be a therapist.

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