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Candor, Connection and Enterprise in Adolescent Therapy

Candor, Connection and Enterprise in Adolescent Therapy by Janet Sasson Edgette, ISBN: 9780393703566
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Candor, Connection and Enterprise in Adolescent Therapy

Therapists trying too hard to appeal to their un-cooperative adolescent clients risk losing cases before they are even under way. These kids are quick to pick up on the therapist who tries too hard to be helpful, be liked, make conversation, not get upset. So worried is the therapist about saying the "wrong" thing, that he or she might end up saying too little that is useful. With credibility compromised, the adolescent loses faith in the therapist. The client withdraws into silence, becomes sarcastic, or makes fun to show disinterest, even contempt. Some therapists counter with urgent appeals for reason or insight; others may become self-conscious or more gratuitous towards the client. Some get frustrated and simply blame the adolesecent, attributing the problem to "resistance". "Candor, Connection, and Enterprise in Adolesecnt Therapy" speaks about a different way of relating to adolescent clients in therapy. Focusing on establishing relationships between therapist and adolescent that are genuine and unaffected, and on bringing about conversation that is candid, forthright, and emotionally moving, this text offers therapists a different way to help disengaged or un-cooperative young clients and their family members find dignified, face-saving ways out of their problems. It teaches that holding adolescents accountable for their actions and choices is just as important as providing compassion for their plights, but underscores how essential it is that the therapist refrains f

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