with Mitch Abblett
As researchers and clinicians well know, the therapeutic alliance between clients and clinicians is the best predictor of outcome in psychotherapy. This high energy seminar presents a new, integrative system of mindfulness and positive-psychology-based techniques for enhancing and managing the alliance with the most challenging child or adolescent clients. Dr. Abblett’s system of mindfulness-based clinical communication tools will help you work most effectively, regardless of your technical or theoretical approach, with the top five “difficult” child or adolescent clients:
- Chronically and Suicidally Depressed
- Highly Anxious and Avoidant
- Substance Abusing
- Trauma Reactive
This workshop will help practitioners untangle “stuck” and complex client situations and enhance communication with kids within any treatment technique, whether it be cognitive-behavioral, behavioral, systems, or any other prominent approach, as well as different treatment modalities (i.e. group / individual) and various treatment settings.
This workshop will help you:
- Create an ideal clinical context for change in treatment
- Learn reliable and generalized mindfulness methods for resolving difficult client interactions
- Improve the timing of your technical interventions
- Maximize therapeutic alliances and manage ruptures
- Avoid premature termination
- Decrease and manage client acting out behaviors
- Avoid burnout working with these challenging populations
This seminar introduces Dr. Abblett’s unique, integrative model of mindful communication, ideal for enhancing clinical interactions with challenging child & teen clients. Derived from mindfulness, positive psychology, systems theory/family therapy and the latest findings from social neuroscience, you will discover and implement this effective system for imbedding technique within a logical and effective step-wise system of communication.
Dr. Mitch Abblett 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. For over a decade, he was the Clinical Director of the Manville School, a Harvard-affiliated therapeutic day school program in Boston, serving children with emotional, behavioral, and learning difficulties. He maintains a private psychotherapy and consulting practice, and writes about mindfulness, professional development, and family mental health. His books include The Heat of the Moment in Treatment: Mindful Management of Difficult Clients (W.W. Norton) for clinicians, Mindfulness for Teen Depression (New Harbinger, co-authored with Chris Willard, PsyD), and the upcoming Helping Your Angry Teen (New Harbinger). He also co-authored the child/family-friendly practice aid Growing Mindful: A Deck of Practices for All Ages and additional mindfulness-related card decks. He conducts national and international trainings regarding mindfulness and its applications.