Adolescent Therapy That Really Works: Helping Kids Who Never Asked for Help in the First Place (Norton Professional Books)

Adolescent Therapy That Really Works: Helping Kids Who Never Asked for Help in the First Place (Norton Professional Books)

Adolescent Therapy That Really Works: Helping Kids Who Never Asked for Help in the First Place (Norton Professional Books)

“I can thoroughly recommend it to any educational and child psychologist who has frequent eyeball-to-eyeball contact with adolescents and who wishes to develop a functional, but supportive, working relationship and adopt a balanced position between the needs of the school and those of a young person finding their way into adulthood.” —DECP Debate

Edgette proposes a unique approach to relating to adolescents in therapy. Focusing on establishing genuine and unaffected relationships between therapists and teens, this book offers techniques for clinicians who want to engage and connect with their adolescent clients. The goal is to bring about conversations that are candid and therapeutically effective so that teens and their families can find dignified and durable solutions to their problems. Case examples and stories from Edgette’s own practice illustrate how therapists can successfully navigate difficult encounters, avert power struggles, and avoid dead-end dialogues that bore teenage clients and stall treatment. Thorough and lucidly written, Adolescent Therapy That Really Works shows therapist how to become partners with their clients, maintain their authority while also drawing teens into comfortable conversation, and read body language and facial expressions to better convey understanding and respect. Every therapist who works with adolescents and their families will benefit from the wisdom, skill, and honesty exhibited in Edgette’s therapeutic approach.

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  1. Clay Kyle "clayoga" said,

    Wrote on March 21, 2012 @ 2:33 am

    19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Well-written, immensely helpful, highly recommended for therapists and parents of teens, May 3, 2008
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    Clay Kyle “clayoga” (N. Hollywood, CA United States) –
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    This review is from: Adolescent Therapy That Really Works: Helping Kids Who Never Asked for Help in the First Place (Norton Professional Books) (Paperback)

    I saw that there was only one review and that it was a pathetic, lazy one, so i felt that i owed it to the author, because my impression of the book was basically the opposite of the other reviewer. This book is loaded with practical information, lots of examples and vignettes, things you might say in many different session impasses, and it is very easy to read — not academic or theory-laden. I have found much of this book can even be applied to adult clients, especially court-mandated ones, or those that are essentially teenagers on the inside.

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  2. A. Siler said,

    Wrote on March 21, 2012 @ 3:11 am

    9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Helpful things to think about, June 5, 2008
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    A. Siler
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    This review is from: Adolescent Therapy That Really Works: Helping Kids Who Never Asked for Help in the First Place (Norton Professional Books) (Paperback)

    This book was easy to read and included a lot of examples from her work with teens. It was helpful to hear about some strategies that were effective in reaching teens and their parents, and mostly helped in the way one approaches counseling with this population. Teens often do not want to be in therapy, and often do not want to listen to advice about changing. Edgette recommends connecting with the teens, and allowing them to take ownership of their own therapy. She tells the importance of being candid, and the dangers of being overly invested. A short, interesting read.

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  3. B. Poljuha "omnia mea" said,

    Wrote on March 21, 2012 @ 3:54 am

    9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    No kidding and straight to the point, May 27, 2008
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    B. Poljuha “omnia mea” (Oakland, CA) –
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    This review is from: Adolescent Therapy That Really Works: Helping Kids Who Never Asked for Help in the First Place (Norton Professional Books) (Paperback)

    The title reflects well Edgette’s central argument that openess and honesty are essential in successful therapy. She deals very thoroughly with the engagement issues that recur when working with clients who have been brought to her (usually by parents) with only nominal consent. She does this through extensive use of illustrative scripts that deal with both effective engagement and common errors.

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