Helping Kids Who Never Asked for Help in the First Place

Presented by Janet Sasson Edgette, PsyD on 01-07-2011 at 9 a.m. Pacific to 10:30 a.m. Pacific (1:30 p.m. Eastern)

Therapists often find themselves feeling uneasy in the presence of their teenage clients, many of whom make no bones about not wanting to be there. Charged with helping these kids make changes that they deny needing or having any control over, they can wind up trying much too hard to gain their clients¹ trust, demonstrate their sincerity, and prove themselves useful, all of which actually makes it harder for kids to connect.

This ninety-minute web conference introduces a model of working with pre-adolescents and adolescents, as well as with their parents, that focuses on establishing genuine contact with young clients, in part by avoiding the temptations of trying too hard or of letting things slide for the sake of gaining rapport. In this approach, therapists are responsible for actively processing both their own experience and that of the person they are treating and encouraged to use transparency and a kind curiosity to bring up pressing issues as they present in session, starting with the first.

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

  1. Apply appropriate therapeutic techniques to help teenagers and adolescents achieve maximal growth;
  2. Manage times when teenage clients do not talk, deny problems, get angry with the clinician, and/or say "you're making things worse!";
  3. Negotiate issues having to do with confidentiality, boundaries, and self-disclosure;
  4. Explain strategies to advocate for teens while still holding them accountable for their choices;
  5. Integrate individual and family work with the same client.

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Continuing Education (CE) Information

1.5 CE credits will be provided by for attending this web conference in its entirety. 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. is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEPTM) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements., 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. 

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Meet the Presenter

Janet Sasson Edgette, PsyD

Janet Sasson Edgette, PsyD

Janet Sasson Edgette, PsyD, is a psychologist, author, and workshop leader who has spent over 20 years developing an approach to reaching children and teenagers who have turned off to the idea of therapy or who are tired of hearing adults tell them to change. She has authored five books, including the parenting paperback Stop Negotiating with Your Teen: Strategies for Parenting Your Angry, Manipulative, Moody, or Depressed Adolescent, Heads Up!: Practical Sports Psychology for Riders, Their Families, and Their Trainers, The Rider's Edge: Overcoming the Psychological Challenges of Riding, and Adolescent Therapy That Works: Helping Kids Who Never Asked for Help in the First Place. For more information, please visit her website.

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  • Logo 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. is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.
  • Logo This course has been approved by, as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for educational credits. NAADAC Provider #135463. is responsible for all aspects of their programming.
  •, 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.
  •, 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.

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