This guidebook shows therapists and counsellors how to make the most of that crucial first contact with teenagers. Pregnancy, truancy, drugs and alcohol and eating disorder are examples of serious problems encountered by many teenagers. Yet few actually seek psychiatric help on their own, but are usually forced into it by parents or school. Under these circumstances, it is difficult to form a therapeutic relationship with an older healthcare professional is why it is essential during the first session with a teenager that the therapist establishes trust, discover latent issues and determine a plan of action that can continue within or outside of treatment. This books aims to show how to bridge the generation gap and understand the teens perspective, and create an effective treatment plan with short and long term goals.
"Practical and comprehensive . . . an excellent resource forbeginning therapists, as well as for those wanting to expand theirskills with adolescents." (Holly Stejskal, Youth and FamilyCounselor, SAY, San Diego, Inc.)
"Neil Ribner doesn't talk in generalities, rely on clinical jargon,or underestimate the complex issues involved in working withadolescents. Using a large number of clinical vignettes from hisvast experience, he shows how the therapist's ability to align himor herself with the adolescent client is what typically spells thedifference between being helpful or getting blown off. Inculturally sensitive, down to earth language, Ribner describes howto empathically connect with the fears, anxieties, and resentmentsof troubled teenagers and their families in ways that promotechange." (Fred Weiner, psychologist, Counseling and PsychologicalServices Center, Ohio University)
"In the most readable prose, Dr. Ribner outlines everything youwant to know about initiating treatment with the adolescent client.Psychotherapists in training in all disciplines should read thismanageable and straightforward book; their supervisors and otherexperienced clinicians could also benefit from this compact yetcomprehensive reminder." (Donald J. Viglione, professor anddirector, Clinical Doctor of Psychology Program, California Schoolof Professional Psychology, San Diego)
"Refreshing and direct . . . this book will benefit those who workwith adolescents in a variety of settings." (oanne E. Callan,professor, California School of Professional Psychology)