While self-harm and suicidal behaviors are increasing among adolescents, there’s no evidence that hospitalizing high-risk teens is an effective intervention. In fact, it may even lead to significant secondary problems, such as stigmatization and further trauma. What’s a therapist to do? Keeping teens in their families, schools, and communities, whenever possible, can reinforce effective coping interventions, which can be practiced and strengthened in real-life environments. In this practical and fast-paced workshop, you’ll explore how to:
- Teach teens crisis survival skills to get immediate relief from overwhelming urges to engage in high-risk behaviors
- Maintain a collaborative focus on treatment to manage high-risk symptoms in an outpatient setting when possible, and increase clients’ motivation to change
- Use specific mindfulness, distress tolerance, and acceptance skills for managing anxiety and feelings of helplessness when working with high-risk teens
- Effectively implement structured chain analysis interventions to accurately target behaviors for change
Britt Rathbone, LCSW-C, and Julie Baron, LCSW-C, are the authors of What Works with Teens: A Professional’s Guide to Engaging Authentically with Adolescents to Achieve Lasting Change.