407, 507 – Treating Traumatized Teens

How to Get Unhooked
Martha Straus

Parts 1 & 2

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 find out how to break free of this nonfunctional cycle by exploring:

  • Specific adolescent attachment styles that interact with or trigger your own
  • The React, Reflect, and Respond model to get unhooked when triggered
  • The Four M’s—mirroring, mentalizing, mindfulness, and modulation—to increase connection and mood regulation
  • How to use adult presence, validation, self-disclosure, and enactments to bring traumatized teens back into relationships with themselves and you

Continued with workshop 507


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, Adolescent Girls in Crisis: Intervention and Hope, and most recently, Treating Traumatized Adolescents: Development, Attachment, and the Therapeutic Relationship.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Martha Straus is in private practice. She is a professor at Antioch University; and an adjunct instructor at Dartmouth Medical School.
Non-financial: Martha Straus has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.

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