Family Therapy for Teens

Family Therapy for Teens Who Disrespect Their Parents

Presented by Janet Sasson Edgette, PsyD, LLC on 09-14-2018 at 9 a.m. Pacific (noon Eastern) to 11 a.m. Pacific (2 p.m. Eastern)

Many therapists and counselors have encountered teens who demonstrate disrespectful behavior toward their parents. These teens often start individual therapy in order to learn anger management skills or coping mechanisms for their frustration. Many of these teens are not interested in learning new skills, as they like things as they are. They can often control the family dynamic by exploiting their parents’ guilt about the fact they are unhappy or their parents' anxiety about making things worse.

In this two-hour continuing education web conference, Dr. Janet Sasson Edgette will discuss how a more effective way to change the dynamic between disrespectful teens and their parents may be to meet with the parents and the teens together. In this setting, clinicians can encourage the positive and rather paradoxical reaction of teenagers toward adults who choose to hold them accountable for their actions. 

Dr. Sasson Edgette will address the cultural pressure to label bad behavior among teenagers as typical teenage behavior. Dr. Sasson Edgette will also address ways in which parents may inadvertently contribute to their teen's behavior, such as by being disrespectful to their child themselves. 

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

  1. Utilize strategies for debunking mythology surrounding adolescence when meeting with parents so they do not use “teenage angst” or “typical teen behavior” as an excuse for their teen's negative behavior.
  2. Explain how parents can become less reactive to their teenager’s behavior in ways that constructively change the parent-teen dynamic.
  3. Instruct parents on how they can employ consequences that are effective in changing their teen’s behavior without engaging in control battles.
  4. Explain how parents can see their own contribution to the problems they may be having with their teenager without the parent becoming defensive.
  5. Assist parents in identifying their blind spots (for example, times when their own guilt or their teenager’s manipulations are compromising their better judgment).

If you have questions about this web conference, please contact us here.

Continuing Education (CE) Information

2 CE contact hours will be provided by GoodTherapy for attending this web conference in its entirety. 

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

This organization, GoodTherapy, 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 maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: March 30, 2016 through March 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 two clinical continuing education clock hours.

GoodTherapy is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. GoodTherapy maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

GoodTherapy, 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.

GoodTherapy, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists #MFT-0022 and for licensed mental health counselors #MHC-0031.

Registration Information

Premium Membership with GoodTherapy includes access to this web conference at no cost. Not yet a Premium Member? Mental health professionals can attend this live web conference for $29.95 or access the homestudy recording for $14.95.

Meet the Presenter

Janet Sasson Edgette, PsyD, LLC

Janet Sasson Edgette, PsyD, LLC

Dr. Janet Sasson Edgette is a clinical psychologist with 30 years of experience providing evaluation, counseling, and coaching services to children, preteens, teenagers, young adults, and their parents. She is recognized nationally for developing an innovative and effective therapeutic approach for reaching kids and teens who are turned off by the idea of counseling, do not believe they need it, or have had negative therapy experiences in the past. As a result, Dr. Edgette has been invited to teach professional workshops and educational programs for psychiatrists, psychologists, school counselors, social workers, therapists, probation officers, caseworkers, school administrators, teachers, parents, and foster parents throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Russia, Germany, and Croatia.

In addition, Dr. Edgette is a Clinical Trainer at T.W. Ponessa & Associates in Lancaster, PA, where for the past several years she has provided clinical training on child, adolescent, and family therapy to mental health counselors, mobile therapists, and behavior therapists. Since 2015, Dr. Edgette has been as adjunct faculty member at Delaware Valley University in Doylestown, PA, teaching in their Graduate Program in Psychology.

In addition to clinical work and teaching, Dr. Sasson Edgette has written six books and dozens of articles in the areas of parenting, counseling, boys, masculinity and gender norms, and sport psychology. They include the popular parenting paperback, Stop Negotiating with Your Teen: Strategies for Parenting Your Angry, Manipulative, Moody, or Depressed Adolescent, and a critically-acclaimed book for mental health professionals entitled, Adolescent Therapy That Works: Helping Kids Who Never Asked for Help in the First Place. Her most recent book, The Last Boys Picked: Helping Boys Who Don’t Play Sports Survive Bullies and Boyhood, has been labeled by Parents magazine a “must read” and “a wowing and enlightening guide for any parent.”

Dr. Sasson Edgette received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Hahnemann University in Philadelphia, PA in 1987 and a masters in public health from the University of Oklahoma in 1979. She is a native New Yorker, and received her Bachelor of Science degree from Union College in Schenectady, NY. 

You can learn more about Dr. Sasson Edgette and her work at www.janetedgette.com.

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Continuing Education Provider Approvals

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    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. GoodTherapy.org received APA approval in May 2011. Events after 2011 may meet APA requirements for Continuing Education credits.
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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, LLC 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 #SW-0395.
  • GoodTherapy.org, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists #MFT-0022 and for licensed mental health counselors #MHC-0031.

540.5 CE hours and counting!

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