Working with Traumatized Adolescents: How to Get Unhooked

To work with troubled and traumatized adolescents, it is crucial for therapists to first foster their own capacity for self-awareness and connection. It is not easy, especially when our young clients’ extreme reactions—ranging from distressed arousal to frozen shutting down—can trigger our own dysregulated responses. For many of these teens, a strong attachment to self-medication poses an extra layer of challenge. We need somehow to convince them that the hard work of reliable human relationships can be more rewarding than an easy high. In this presentation, you’ll discover how to use the “four Ms” of mirroring, mentalization, mindfulness, and modulation to stay present, get unhooked, and provide corrective relational experiences.



Martha Straus

Martha Straus Ph.D. is a professor in the Department of Clinical Psychology at Antioch University New England Graduate School in Keene, New Hampshire, and adjunct instructor in psychiatry at Dartmouth Medical School. She maintains a small private practice in Brattleboro, VT. Dr. Straus conducts workshops internationally on child, adolescent, and family development, attachment, trauma, and therapy. She is the author of numerous articles and five books including, most recently, Treating Trauma in Adolescents: Development, Attachment, and the Therapeutic Relationship.


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