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This session will present a model for working with emotionally disturbed adolescents within an intensive group counseling structure. Using theoretical models derived from object relations psychodynamic theory, person-centered humanistic counseling, and cognitive behavioral methods, attendees will learn specific skills for attending, guiding, shaping, and influencing the interpersonal dynamics of severely disturbed youth in order to promote resilience, teach prosocial behaviors and coping skills, and reduce pathological symptoms and hospitalization. The concepts of bridging, joining, and feeding will be explored with demonstrations and theoretical explanations. Attention will also be paid to issues of transference and counter-transference and how to best utilize the personhood of the psychologist for both self-care and therapeutic effectiveness.

Strand: D, Topic: 5, Level: III

Dr. Carl Totton, professor of psychology, Phillips Graduate University.