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Reaching "Unreachable" Teens & Tweens: Connecting with Oppositional and Withdrawn Adolescents

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Kate Sample, MA, LPC, CYMHS
1 Hour 30 Minutes
Aug 05, 2021
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Knowing the importance of the therapeutic relationship with an oppositional adolescent is one thing; knowing how to build that relationship with someone who wants nothing to do with you is another entirely.  

This 90-minute seminar weaves together the art of relationship building with the science of connection in a relatable, practical way.  This compelling seminar will fundamentally change your approach with this challenging (and rewarding) population. You’ll learn: 

  • Must-have strategies for building trust, repairing inevitable ruptures, and de-escalating crises  
  • 15+ “side-door” principles for working with withdrawn and challenging young clients 
  • Why behaviour charts, worksheets, and natural consequences aren’t going to (and never did) create lasting change 
  • Trauma and neurobiology’s impact on meaningful connection



This online program is worth 1.5 hours CPD.



  1. Utilize therapeutic strategies informed by attachment theory and behaviourism to build trust and relational reciprocity with disengaged clients.
  2. Determine how trauma-informed care is crucial to successful treatment with young people who exhibit oppositional or withdrawn behaviours.
  3. Develop non-directive techniques for teaching skills related to distress tolerance, impulse control, and emotional regulation.


Reaching the “Unreachables”: Understanding the Paradox of Oppositional Behaviour 

  • Why the answer to opposition is connection, not compliance 
  • 15 “side-door” strategies for building trust and reciprocity 
  • The role of trauma and neurobiology in oppositional or withdrawn behaviour 
  • How to teach skills to teens and tweens in a way that doesn’t feel like “therapy” 

Target Audience

  • Psychologists
  • Social Workers
  • Counselors
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • School Administrators
  • Teachers/School-Based Personnel


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