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I Don't Wanna Talk About It: Working with Hard-to-Engage Children, Youth & Families
Topic/Sujet Trauma-Focused Interventions
Certificate/Certificat Yes
Level/Niveau Intermediate
Format In-Person
Session Open
Course Dates/Dates du cours Click here/Cliquez ici


When young clients have been traumatized, they often disengage from others even helpers. Understanding the reasons underlying this “resistance” is the first step in the therapeutic process. For many clients including young children and teens, entering therapy is a fearful process. They may feel a lack of control over the decision to attend therapy or that they are being scapegoated for family problems. As a result, even the most seasoned clinicians may experience challenges and frustration trying to engage them.
The first step is understanding the reasons beneath what has been called "resistance." The second step involves engaging clients in the therapeutic process to build rapport, facilitate open communication, and help the client work through treatment goals. Participants will learn to recognize the reasons why some children and families may be “hard to reach”. You will learn tips, tricks, and techniques to engage children, adolescents, and parents in therapy and maximize potential for change. Emphasis will be on play-based, expressive arts techniques for use with preschool, school-aged, and adolescent clients, including therapeutic games, art, music, and stories. Strategies for engaging parents in therapy will be outlined, as well as activities for use in child-focused family therapy sessions.

Want this training at your agency? Contact Karen for information about in-service training, karen@safeguards-training.net

Outcomes/Objectifs d'apprentissage

• Describe the factors underlying therapeutic resistance.
• Implement creative interventions to facilitate rapport-building with children of all ages.
• Utilize innovative strategies to engage resistant, hard to serve parents.
• Implement play-based and expressive arts techniques with clients who are reluctant to verbally articulate their thoughts and feelings.
• Utilize activities for child-focused family therapy sessions.

For In-service option contact Karen Bosworth at karen@safeguards-training.net


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