Topic 3: Working with Complex Adolescents and Families
2 hour session presented by Melissa Minney, Ann Weir, Malcolm Robinson and Ecaterina Eltahir
Complex adolescents and their families will be addressed four lenses: Politics, Space, Development and Time. We will identify the forms of complexity presented by this group and how we might explore these through the lens of the Bower Place Model. Presenters will discuss how to work with adolescents with behavioural and relationships issues which may be played out on background of neurobiological challenges (e.g., Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, Intellectual Disability) in a fractured socio-relational world. These issues may be complicated by family conflict, trauma, and mental health issues. Challenges presented to practitioners by this age group and how the therapeutic process may be immobilised will be discussed, and specific skills to address these will be outlined. Course content will be supported by clinical case examples.