How Young Adults Are Changing the Therapy Relationship Forever
Millennials are coming into therapy with challenging new expectations about the therapeutic relationship. These 18- to 35-year-olds—with their no-holds-barred self-expression, staunch belief in collaboration, attunement to power-based microaggression, and impatience with anything remotely dull or canned—are pushing therapists to adjust their roles in unexpected ways. In this workshop, we’ll explore how to create a secure therapeutic connection with millennials, and surprising ways to engage them. You’ll discover:
- How to incorporate texting into therapy to create greater openness and connection, use as a mindfulness tool, and help repair damaged relationships
- How the therapist’s nonlinear role-flexibility and willingness to self-disclose, discuss sensitive biases, and address cultural phenomena can deepen the treatment relationship
- Clinical guidelines for the timing of the different types of self-disclosure, emotional sharing, and storytelling that millennials need to fully trust their therapists
- Strategies to get your advice and therapeutic directives across in ways that can match the power of the millennial friend group, their online habits, socially-embedded substance use, and contemporary multitasking
Ron Taffel, PhD, chair of the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy, is the author of eight professional and popular books and over 100 articles on therapy and family life.