If you came of age before social media and smartphones were ubiquitous, before polar icecaps started melting, and before going to college resulted in piles of debt, you might not even be able to imagine all your millennial clients are struggling with. For an unaware therapist, assumptions about the transition to adulthood, how anxiety gets managed, even what well-intentioned encouragement might feel like to them, can often derail therapy. In this workshop, we’ll engage in lively dialogue, see film clips, discuss cases, and talk about the challenges and rewards of doing therapy with young adult clients. You’ll explore:
- How to have conversations around difficult decisions that address millennials’ discomfort with ambivalence and doubt
- Specific ways to help millennials think about big decisions and manage the firehose of information that many find overwhelming
- How to cultivate patience and curiosity in young clients accustomed to instant answers
- Using smartphones in the service of managing strong affect and social problem solving
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.