Working with Adolescents
Working with adolescents and their families can present many unique challenges in the therapy room. Our young clients roll their eyes, refuse to attend sessions, refuse to speak when they do attend, swear at their parents (and sometimes at us), and shut down when they hear things they don't like. Meanwhile tired parents look to us to help turn their angsty teen back into the fun-loving child they once knew. Therapists may find themselves wondering how to connect to the adolescent client and how to enact change in a system that is impacted by the ever changing evolution of the adolescent mind.
This workshop will focus on clinical practice skills, assessment, and treatment with challenging adolescents and their families. Participants will learn about working with parent and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder, working with difficult and challenging adolescents, and how to work with the suicidal adolescent.
By the end of the presentation, participants will be able to:
1. Explain common and alternative treatment approaches for Autism Spectrum Disorder
2. Identify environmental, physiological and emotional triggers that lead to sensory overload and meltdown behavior.
3. Present contexts that contribute to the making of difficult adolescents
4. Discuss practical treatment strategies to not only engage the adolescent but address foundational dynamics
Jesse Heaton, MS, LMHP has spent much of the last two decades working with children of all ages and educating families and communities on Autism Spectrum Disorder, Reactive Attachment Disorder and Attention-Deficit/Hyperactive Disorder. Jesse and his beautiful wife Julie began their careers in the social services field by working as family teachers, (foster parents) at the Boys Town of Nebraska, Nevada Las Vegas campus. The Heaton’s worked closely with 100+ youth during their time as foster parents and these experiences led Jesse to graduate school. Jesse earned both a Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and a Master’s Certificate in Neuro-Linguistic programming in 2013. Jesse studied at Southern Utah University, University of Nevada Las Vegas, University of Phoenix and the Neuro-Linguistic Institute of California. Jesse now works in private practice and founded the Heaton Counseling Center in 2017. Jesse has made guest appearances on parenting podcasts, been a featured speaker at national parenting conferences, and also writes curriculum for the parenting website smarterparenting.com. Jesse is the proud parent of 4 children, enjoys attending sporting events, playing golf, and traveling.
Cody Hollist's, LIMHP, primary focus is on treatment of families who have experienced trauma, especially adolescents. His research is on families living in extremely vulnerable situations, like Brazilian Favelas. His focus with hard to engage adolescents is centered on understanding complex backgrounds in order to understand the pain that leads to adolescent resistance to treatment. He works with adolescents and young adults in the context of private practice and the military. He is a Chaplain in the Air National Guard and deployed last year to the middle east where he spent 6 months working with young people in the context of traumatic stress. He is an associate professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where he teaches in the Family Therapy Program. He is also a past president of the Nebraska Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.
Sean Akers, PsyD has been a clinical psychologist with Children’s Hospital and Medical Center for 18 years. For 16 of those years, Sean has been the Coordinator of the Consult/Liaison Service, which provides psychological evaluation, assessment, and treatment for hospitalized children and families. He specializes in both acute and chronic illness. In addition to his inpatient responsibilities, he also runs a busy outpatient clinic in his Behavioral Health office.
When: Friday November 8th, 2019
8:30 am - 9:00 am (Check in)
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
(Morning coffee and lunch will be provided)
Location: Tiburon Golf Club, 10302 South 168th St, Omaha NE 68136
Fully Licensed Member -- $100.00
Fully Licensed Non-Member -- $125.00
Healthcare Provider (NO CEUs) -- $75
MFT Student Volunteers -- $10.00
Provisionally Licensed Member -- $50.00
Provisionally Licensed Non-Member-- $75.00
Unlicensed Student (Non-Volunteer) -- $30.00
Registration fees can be made by credit card via Paypal, or by check. Checks can be mailed to NAMFT c/o Greg Gross 3201 Pioneers Blvd, Suite 112, Lincoln NE, 68502. Same day registration will also be accepted.
NAMFT is an independent organization representing the professional interests of Marriage & Family Therapists and all mental health providers in Nebraska who have an interest and desire to work systemically. There will be more information available during this event and an opportunity to join the organization and benefit from membership.