Licensed professional clinician, Director, ARISE® Consulting, Executive Director, Newport Academy
The mention of adolescents, young adults or youth quickly focuses the conversation on all the problems and modern world issues they are facing. This workshop will attempt to change our perspective from helplessness and hopelessness to hope, strength and resilience. The primary goal is to explore how we as professionals can help youth and their families understand that the necessary tools are available and that they need only to learn how and when to use them.
Our discussion will include balancing Agency, Belief and Communion with appropriate timing, people and places
When should youth seek help or advice and when should parents and family step in, or not step in? When are peers important? How do they navigate peer relationships in a digital world? How do they take control of their own recovery from mental health and/or substance use issues? Whom do they trust? How do they discriminate when and from whom to take advice? When others step in, including family members, teachers, and clinical professionals, should it be corrective, supportive, or empowering? Or all three?
Peers are a core influence in emotional and behavioural development. And peer pressure, so often perceived as negative, doesn’t have to be. Youth have the capacity to “pressure” each other into doing things that will improve physical and mental health, put their social life into perspective and make decisions that they feel good about, building self-esteem.
In this presentation, we will focus on the power of Positive Psychology, Resilience and Transitional Family Theory (Landau, 1982, 2018) and practice. We will explore the manner in which the community serves as a stabilising force; fosters open communication; teaches empathy and provides opportunities for leadership.
1. Practical guidelines for incorporating these useful practices into treatment.
2. Practical guidelines for helping youth and families build tool boxes that will work for them beyond treatment.
3. The importance of ownership of their toolbox.
4. Clinical outcomes for adolescents owning their inherent resilience.
5. The research supporting the outcomes of peer and family support, positive psychology and Transitional Family Therapy.