3-DAY INTENSIVE with Jerome A. Price, M.A.
(bi-lingual - simultaneous interpretation in Spanish)
Brief Treatment with Challenging Adolescents:
Strategies for working with the high risk adolescent and the family
Suicidality - Violence - School Failure - Substance Abuse
Self-Mutilation - Teens in Difficult Divorces
August 23rd - 25th, 2012
Jerome A. Price, M.A., is the co-director and founder of the Michigan Family Institute. A Regional Faculty Member for the Family Therapy Institute of Washington, D.C. until it’s closing, he is a well known supervisor and brief therapist consulting for mental health centers, hospital medical and psychiatric staffs and outpatient programs throughout the U.S. and Canada. He has seen mandated referrals of high conflict families from the Family Court for 15 years and is recognized by the judges and referees as a therapist who has unique skills for positively impacting families who have previously been seen as untreatable.
His articles on many aspects of individual, marital and family treatment have been published in a variety of journals and therapy publications as well as being contributing author to a number of professional books and textbooks on family therapy. Price is the author of the book, Power and Compassion: Working with difficult adolescents and abused parents (Guilford, 1996), and co-author of Defusing the High Conflict Divorce (Impact, 2007) and the upcoming book for divorced parents, Take Control of Your Divorce: A strategy guide for reducing the conflict in your divorce (Impact, in press).
Price’s workshops and trainings on the treatment of adolescents, marriages and families have been enthusiastically received throughout the U.S. and Canada, in Germany and New Zealand. He is an Approved Supervisor for the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.
Paz is a bi-cultural Consultant and a Spanish Interpreter and has been working as a linguist for over 20 years; she is especially interested in facilitating clear and accurate communication to help achieve a better understanding between people. She is a native of Chile and has traveled the world extensively to further her knowledge of Languages.
María Pía Allende
Out-of-control adolescents and pre-adolescents are often brought in for therapy by parents who act like weary war veterans. The youth come in with certainty about their current choices regardless of how self-destructive they’ve become. This workshop, informed by Jerome Price’s book, Power and Compassion: Working with difficult adolescents and abused parents and over thirty years of practice treating difficult adolescents, will offer strategies for motivating parents to take effective benevolent action and encouraging teenagers to once again work within their family system. It will expand the therapist’s range of interventions that can empower parents and focus on how to disrupt the painful aggressive emotional dilemmas of teenagers. Price’s step-by-step guidelines will help professionals to set clear goals, bolster the parents’ capacity to set limits, help distressed youths to reclaim their childhoods and defuse the immediate crisis so that underlying family dynamics can be addressed. Symptoms such as suicidality, violence, school failure, substance abuse and teens caught in divorce conflicts will be addressed.
In this solid no-nonsense workshop, Jerome Price lays the groundwork for his approach by demonstrating the need for both kindness and authority when working with youthful aggression, failure and high risk behavior with a specific sense of purpose.
Participants will learn:
-The principles of Brief Directive Therapy with aggressive adolescents.
-To accurately assess the level of danger and need for protection.
-To assess and intervene in family and parental patterns that support aggression and other serious symptoms.
-To reverse the cycle of mutual intimidation by adults and adolescents.
- Specific interventions for helping parents regain the benevolent leadership of their families.
- Methods for engaging teens in the process when possible.
-To help teenagers relinquish painful control and self-destructive behaviors so they can enjoy the remainder of their youth.
-Specific strategies for change including, The Secret Weapon, The Tao Strategy, and The Pawnbroker.
This workshop material will include interspersed videotaped examples of Jerome Price’s work with adolescents and skill-building exercises.
“Dynamic excellent speaker. The use of video enhances the audiences overall understanding-nice to have practical information to take back to the workplace.”
“Very thought provoking, challenging material. Nice mix of theoretical and practical.”
“Jerry Price is excellent – much humor and very down-to-earth.”
“The ideas were presented clearly with humor and I feel as if the therapeutic techniques presented are things that I could actually use in my practice.”
9:00-9:30 Introduction and Overview
9:30-10:30 Brief Directive Therapy with Aggressive Adolescents: The Basic Principles
10:45-12:00 Assessing Aggressiveness Accurately and Beginning Intervention. The six levels – Power vs. Compassion – Communication flow – Reactivity patterns.
1:30-2:30 Intervening in Parental Apathy and Explosiveness/Intervening with Adolescent Domination, Passivity and Psychiatric Symptoms.
2:45-4:30 Specific Strategies for Change: Defusing Divorce Conflicts-The Secret Weapon Strategy-The Pawnbroker.
9:00-9:30 Summary and Discussion of Day One
9:30-10:30 Applying the Approach to Specific Problems
10:45-12:00 A Specific Focus on Suicide and Self-Mutilation
1:30-2:30 A Specific Focus on School Failure and Substance Abuse
2:45-4:30 Case Discussions and Closing Discussion
9:00-9:30 Introduction and Overview
9:30- 10:30 Identifying the conflictual cycle and understanding in a way that facilitates change.
Assessing danger amidst chronic claims of danger.
10:45-12:00 Understanding power and its role.
Beginning the process of intervening in power imbalance.
1:30-2:30 What is Parental Alienation Syndrome and when is it real?
How to extricate the children from the struggle.
A look at some real cases and how to begin intervening in the cycle of destructive interaction.
2:45-4:30 Building a specific step-by-step strategy utilizing everything else you’ve learned today.
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM and 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM
In the MRI Conference Room at 555 Middlefield Rd, Palo Alto, CA 94301
18 Continuing Education Credits
MRI is approved to provide continuing education for MFT's and/or LCSW's as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences, Provider #PCE 14. MRI is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. MRI maintains responsibility for this program and its contents.
*this course is bi-lingual (simultaneous interpretation in Spanish)
*Early Bird, Students & Groups - please call
Register before June 30th and you’ll receive our Early Bird discount!
Early Bird Price: $500
Groups (3 or more): $400 per person
more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
or (650) 321-3055.