Matthew Selekman & Mark Beyebach • Friday All Day
The challenge of treating adolescents caught in a cycle of self-destructive behavior and addiction can’t be overstated, but understanding the ways in which bad habits form can provide the keys to undoing those habits. This workshop will focus first on the brain science of habit formation and habit change, and move on to examine how to teach high-risk kids to swap negative behavior for positive actions. You’ll learn how to decode the functions and meanings of self-destructive habits in adolescents’ social and emotional lives and discover how to build respectful relationships with such kids, paying special attention to triggers for positive emotion and signs of readiness for change. We’ll explore ways to help them find and develop positive virtuous habits to replace their self-destructive actions and strategies for preventing relapse. You’ll leave with fresh insights into how to make change possible, beyond the more rigid disease model. (This session will continue with Workshop 314.)
Matthew Selekman, M.S.W., L.C.S.W., the codirector of Partners for Collaborative Solutions and coauthor with Mark Beyebach of Changing Self-Destructive Habits, is the author of Working with Self-Harming Adolescents.
Mark Beyebach, Ph.D., a partner and research consultant with Partners for Collaborative Solutions, is the director of the Post-Graduate Training Program in Systemic Therapy at the Universidad Pontificia in Salamanca, Spain.