Applying the 'Developmental Stress Reduction Method': Easing the Path to Adulthood

Presented by Tom Bissonette, MSW, LMSW on 11-13-2015 at 9 a.m. Pacific (noon Eastern)

Teens and twenty-somethings are often driven by social comparison, an ego ideal, and the vision of a future self. These influences serve as a virtual developmental pressure cooker. Further, human development is asynchronous, meaning that we develop in different areas at different rates. When adolescents and young adults feel behind or ahead in any of these key areas it often adds to the intense pressure they may already feel.

This web conference utilizes a fresh approach to teaching clinicians how to help young people understand the pressures and developmental issues they face. We will also look at examples of interventions that create experiences to help youth internalize the life skills they need to become more active agents of their own growth.

The developmental stress reduction method (DSRM)© offers a new approach to decision-making and self-awareness that honors the intelligence of youth and demystifies their sometimes inconsistent and self-defeating behavior. New research about how wisdom is acquired has profound implications for young people and offers youth-oriented therapists creative tools that cultivate wisdom acceleration. If we succeed at facilitating this emerging adult stage, we are more likely to steer youth toward more productive and healthier lives.

This intermediate instructional level web conference is designed to help clinicians:

  1. Demonstrate the Asynchronous Development Assessment in two ways.
  2. Apply the three treatment components of the DSRM.
  3. Describe action-oriented interventions that are designed to create transformative experiences for clients.
  4. Identify opportunities to apply the model to prevention efforts by learning how to increase developmental self-awareness in youth populations.

If you have any questions or concerns about this web conference, or would like more information, please contact us here.

How the Web Conference Works

Attendees who register for this event will log in to the web conference center by using a computer and calling in to the teleconference line. Attendees will be able to ask live audio questions via phone and/or submit text chat questions via computer. Live streaming video and/or document sharing will also be available to participants. Alternatively, attendees may dial in to the teleconference line only, though attendees dialing in by phone only will be unable to ask questions. The video portion of the web conference center is not accessible via smartphone or tablet.

Before the scheduled event, all registered attendees will be sent a reminder email with specific instructions on how to log in to the web conference center, as well as links to optional handout materials if applicable.

This event will include lecture and question-and-answer periods. After the live event, a written transcript of the event will be available in the Member's Area. Members of GoodTherapy.org can receive continuing education credits for attending this event by logging in to the GoodTherapy.org Member's Area.

At the conclusion of this event, you will receive an email with information about how to request a CE certificate. You will need to enter the start and end codes that will be announced at the beginning and end of the presentation. These codes confirm that you attended the entire event. You will be prompted to complete a survey. You will need to complete this online survey within six days of the event. Once you complete the survey, you can download a copy of your CE certificate instantly.

388CE hours and counting!

All are available to GoodTherapy.org members at no additional cost.

Continuing Education (CE) Information

Two CE credits will be provided by GoodTherapy.org for attending this web conference in its entirety.

GoodTherapy.org is also an Approved Education Provider by NAADAC, The Association for Addiction Professionals (provider #135463). Of the eight counselor skill groups ascribed to by NAADAC, this course is classified within counseling services.

GoodTherapy.org is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEPTM) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements.

This organization, GoodTherapy.org, provider #1352, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. ASWB Approval Period: March 30, 2016 through March 30, 2019. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. Social workers participating in this course will receive two clinical continuing education clock hours. Social workers participating in this course will receive two clinical continuing education clock hours.

GoodTherapy.org is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for this program and its content and is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.

GoodTherapy.org, SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0395.

Registration Information

This web conference is available at no cost to GoodTherapy.org members.

This event has already taken place. An audio recording for this event may be available in the Member's Area.

Meet the Presenter

Tom Bissonette, MSW, LMSW

Tom Bissonette, MSW, LMSW

Tom Bissonette, MSW, LMSW is a psychotherapist and an educator. He has taught courses on adolescent and young adult development at the University of Tennessee for 20 years. In addition, Tom is the founder of Younger and Wiser, Inc., a non-profit organization that provides developmental education programs for youth, parents, counselors, and educators.

As a counselor and mentor, Tom is committed to assisting young people in understanding and navigating their own inner growth and development, and in reaching their full potential. He created the Developmental Stress Reduction Method (DSRM)© to help adolescents and young adults to recognize and develop balance in all aspects of life. For more information about Tom and his work, please visit www.youngandwiser.org.

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    GoodTherapy.org has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6380. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. GoodTherapy.org is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.
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    This course has been approved by GoodTherapy.org, as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for educational credits. NAADAC Provider #135463. GoodTherapy.org is responsible for all aspects of their programming.
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    GoodTherapy.org, provider #1352, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 03/30/2016 – 03/30/2019. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive 2 clinical continuing education clock hours.
  • GoodTherapy.org, SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0395.