Weathering Your Own Triggers
Working with traumatized adolescents requires that the therapist be a master of self-discipline, acutely aware of their own triggers and able to respond to extreme reactions at a moment’s notice. From angry arousal to frozen shut-downs and everything in between, there’s plenty that can trigger our own sense of helplessness, failure, dissociation, and rejection. In this workshop, you’ll find out how to “get unhooked” from these reactions by exploring:
- How specific adolescent attachment styles may interact with or trigger your own
- The React, Reflect, and Respond model to help you reregulate
- The Four M’s—mirroring, mentalizing, mindfulness, and modulation—to increase connection and mood regulation
- How to use your empathic superpower, strategic enactments, selective self-disclosure, and adult validation to get unhooked and strengthen the therapeutic alliance
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, and Treating Traumatized Adolescents: Development, Attachment, and the Therapeutic Relationship.