ABOUT THE WORKSHOP /
From Labels to Liberation: Working with children and diagnoses
With Karen Young, M.S.W., R.S.W.
Children and their families often come to therapists with a range of serious and interfering problems. These might include problems with labels such as Anxiety, OCD, ADHD, ODD, and others. Children are often introduced to therapists in ways that suggest that they are ‘the problem’—“this is Billy, he is ADHD,” or, “meet Susie, she has an Anxiety Disorder.” Learn how to respond to these presentations of ‘the problem as identity’ in ways that are respectful of the clients’ current diagnostic understandings and that shift the definition and location of the problem from ‘being the child’ to ‘being the label.’ This ‘externalizing’ approach to problem talk is useful across a range of different therapy models.
The new language and new location of the problem opens up many options for possible responses to the problem and its effects. New narratives about the problem are developed that create a sense of teamwork among the family and other supports. The broader context of the problem can now be explored. New possibilities will emerge that can assist the child, as the problem and its context are understood, making it possible for parents, caregivers, and other support persons to stand with the child in finding ways to manage the problem.
In this workshop, you will learn:
- Key philosophical and theoretical assumptions that shape our actions in the therapy room in ways that create collaboration and respect with children
- Ways to engage children and parents in conversations that are both respectful of and shifting of their ways of thinking about the problem
- How to begin and playfully engage children and their parents/caregivers in externalizing conversations
- Clear useable guidelines for having conversations that are useful and open up new possible responses to a range of problems including diagnoses
- Research from Neuroscience that clarifies and supports the practices
- How to develop in-session notes & documents that sustain new knowledge and change and promote teamwork
- What children and parents have told researchers about what works
∗ Recordings of sessions will be included in the workshop to clearly demonstrate the practices.
February 28, 2020
9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Registration rate: $225 + HST
Group and student discounts available: e-mail email@example.com for more information.