421 – Working with Traumatized Adolescents

How to Get 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, 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, you’ll discover how to get unhooked from this nonfunctional cycle by exploring:

  • Specific adolescent attachment styles that interact with or trigger our own
  • How to apply the React, Reflect, and Respond model to best help your clients
  • The Four M’s—mirroring, mentalizing, mindfulness, and modulation—to increase connection and mood regulation
  • How to use attunement—including strategies of validation, self-disclosure, and the compassionate sharing of adult feelings and opinions—to bring traumatized teens back into relationships 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 most recently, Treating Traumatized Adolescents: Development, Attachment, and the Therapeutic Relationship.

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