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Digital Seminar

A Complete Guide to Teen Counseling: Powerful Strategies to Create Transformative Change for Stressed, Anxious, and Depressed Youth

Dr. Lisa Damour
Approx. 6 Hours
Oct 18, 2024
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Complete outfit changes after a comment from a sibling...foregoing sleep for more time on Instagram...hostile eyerolls following a parent’s casual question about plans for the evening...

Even in the absence of mental health issues, the adolescent years are characterized by a roller coaster of big emotions, heavy focus on social connection, and the need for reliable adults - even as teens seem to be pushing them away...

There is a very specific and powerful skill set that’s necessary for gaining the trust of moody, reluctant, or even outright oppositional teens... and for differentiating and treating the huge range of adolescent needs.

This is your rare opportunity to learn directly from New York Times best-selling author and globally recognized expert on teen mental health, Dr. Lisa Damour.

From normal teenage angst to more serious mental health concerns like depression, eating disorders, and self-harm, Dr. Damour will teach you the essential and transformative interventions you need to effectively counsel teenagers.

Whether you are new to working with teens or have been seeing adolescents for some time now, Dr. Damour will use her years of experience and wealth of knowledge to guide you into new depths of understanding so you can confidently walk away with:

  • Therapeutic techniques for anxiety, depression, eating disorders, self-harm, and high-risk behaviors
  • Skills to support teens who don’t want help
  • Strategies to empower teens to embrace and respond adaptively to the full range of emotion
  • Clear understanding of when and how to involve parents and caregivers while upholding ethical boundaries
  • Interventions to support the tasks of adolescence, from contending with authority to building healthy relationships

Purchase now for this strategy-packed course that will leave you confident and energized to empower teens and instill a sense of hope and inner strength!


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All members of the PESI, Inc. planning committee have provided disclosures of financial relationships with ineligible organizations and any relevant non-financial relationships prior to planning content for this activity. None of the committee members had relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies or other potentially biasing relationships to disclose to learners.  For speaker disclosures, please see the faculty biography.

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**Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of your profession. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your professions standards.


Dr. Lisa Damour's Profile

Dr. Lisa Damour Related seminars and products

Dr. Lisa Damour, is the author of three New York Times best sellers: Untangled, Under Pressure, and The Emotional Lives of Teenagers, which have been translated into twenty-three languages. She co-hosts the Ask Lisa podcast, works in collaboration with UNICEF, and is recognized as a thought leader by the American Psychological Association. Dr. Damour is a regular contributor to The New York Times and CBS News and the creator of Untangling 10to20, a digital library of premium content to support teens and those who care for them.

Dr. Damour serves as a senior advisor to the Schubert Center for Child Studies at Case Western Reserve University and has written numerous academic papers, chapters, and books related to education and child development. She maintains a clinical practice and also speaks to schools, professional organizations, and corporate groups around the world on the topics of child and adolescent development, family mental health, and adult well-being. Dr. Damour also works with industry leaders on topics related to adolescent mental health and was a consultant to Pixar on the film Inside Out 2.

Dr. Damour graduated with honors from Yale University and worked for the Yale Child Study Center before earning her doctorate in clinical psychology at the University of Michigan. She has been a fellow at Yale’s Edward Zigler Center in child development and social policy and the University of Michigan’s Power Foundation.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Lisa Damour maintains a private practice. She receives royalties as a published author. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Lisa Damour is a member of the American Psychological Association.


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  1. Identify strategies for building an alliance with teens and avoiding clinical missteps.
  2. Determine the role of family in the counseling process to support teens who are reluctant to seek help.
  3. Differentiate between typical teen angst and mental health concerns to recognize and respond to crisis.
  4. Apply a developmental framework to evaluate overall health and identify areas of concern.
  5. Choose interventions for anxiety, depression, eating disorders, self-harm, and high-risk behaviors.
  6. Examine an ethical decision-making framework for involving parents and caregivers and upholding appropriate clinical boundaries.


Lay the Groundwork for Connection
Avoid clinical missteps

  • Who to meet first: Teen or caregiver?
  • Top 5 strategies to build an alliance
  • Dos and don’ts to avoid blunders
  • How to support teens who don’t want help
  • The Family: Determine where they fit into counseling
  • Limitations of the research and potential risks

Assess Adolescent Mental Health
Typical teen angst vs mental health issue...and does it matter?

  • Recognize and respond to crisis
  • Tools for identifying grounds for concern
  • TikTok diagnosis? Handling teens’ preconceived notions
  • Assessment tips for hard-to-engage teens
  • Caregivers’ role in assessment
  • When parent and teen perspectives differ on level of concern

Address Teen Turmoil
Help teens who are struggling with one or more of the tasks of adolescence:

  • Parting with childhood
  • Make and maintain friendships
  • Harness intense emotions
  • Contend with adult authority
  • Plan for the future
  • Embark on a healthy love life
  • Care effectively for themselves
  • Ready-to-Use Resources: Clinician handouts and client materials

Clinical Approaches for Teen Mental Health Issues
Interventions for anxiety, depression, eating disorders, self-harm and high-risk behaviors

  • Myth-busting: Emotions are not the enemy
  • Persistently sad, numb, or “snarky”: Top techniques to treat depression in teens
  • Interventions for unhealthy coping:
    • Problematic social media use and gaming
    • Eating disorders
    • Avoidance
    • Self-harm
    • Substance misuse
  • Hands-on Experience: Interactive clinician and client exercises

Clinical Considerations
Navigating ethics and legalities

  • Working with teens from deeply troubled families
  • Ethical guidelines for collaboration with teachers, coaches, and others
  • Manage questions of safety and confidentiality
  • Youth-specific cultural and ethical considerations
  • Uphold appropriate clinical boundaries

Target Audience

  • Psychologists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychotherapists
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Case Managers
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Other Mental Health Professionals


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