403/503 Adolescence to Adulthood

Ron TaffelMartha StrausRon Taffel & Martha Straus • Saturday All Day
We’re used to thinking about adolescents as learning to stand ever more securely on their own two feet as they emerge into young adulthood. But today’s economic and social realities have challenged our old paradigm of how things should be, as increasing numbers of grown children find themselves moving back home with their parents. This workshop presents an updated approach for effectively treating the new “non-hierarchical–accordion family.” You’ll learn 20 competence-based techniques to help teens, young adults, and their parents create a nurturing foundation and maintain “secure love” amidst the challenges presented by these new developmental stages of family life. We’ll discuss ways to establish realistic limits through intentionality and mindfulness; create an emotional climate at home that minimizes conflict and promotes reasonable talk; and attain a flexible balance, over time, between interdependence and independence. (This session will continue with Workshop 503).

Ron Taffel, Ph.D., is the chairman of the board of the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy in New York. His latest book is Childhood Unbound: Authoritative Parenting for the 21st Century.

Martha Straus, Ph.D., a professor in the Department of Clinical Psychology at Antioch University New England, is the author of Adolescent Girls in Crisis: Intervention and Hope.

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