Working with Challenging Youth: Mindful Management of Reactivity and Effective Communication Skills

  • Plymouth Church 87 Edgell Road Framingham, MA, 01701 United States

Presenter: Mitch Abblett, Ph.D is a clinical psychologist and is the Executive Director of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy, a non-profit focusing on the education and training at the intersection of mindfulness and treatment.

Description: Research is clear that experience or change techniques are not the best predictors of client outcomes in treatment.  The best outcomes come for professionals who cultivate and maintain high quality therapeutic alliances with their clients.  This seminar points to the role of professionals’ own development of mindfulness skills in order to have the foundation for managing a wide range of youth, particularly the more challenging kids who spark reactivity and ignite power struggles.

This seminar provides an opportunity for participants to practice a range of mindfulness-based skills for managing one’s reactivity and building skills of compassionate, yet containing communication for effective work with challenging youth.

Dr. Abblett presents an integrated model for understanding the role of mindfulness in one’s own professional skills development, and provides hands-on practice in skills for enhancing the accuracy, timing and efficacy of interventions, as well as management of negative reactions to challenging client behavior.

All Clinical Institute Trainings are held on Wednesdays from 9:00am until 12:00pm at the Plymouth Church, 87 Edgell Rd, Framingham, MA. Doors open at 8:30am. Workshops are $70 each to visiting professionals. Wayside staff, interns and attend free of charge, as do family members of Wayside clients. The facility is fully accessible. Continuing Education Credits: Social workers, LMFTs and LMHCs receive 3 CEUs. 

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