This book presents a powerful new framework for psychotherapy with today's teens, for whom high-risk behavior, lack of adult guidance, and intense anxiety and stress increasingly come with the territory. In his trademark compassionate style, Ron Taffel confronts the key challenge of building a therapeutic relationship that is strong enough to promote real behavioral and attitudinal change.
Provided are effective ways to give advice that teens will listen, get them to tell the truth about their lives, help parents reestablish their authority, and handle dilemmas around confidentiality. In addition, readers learn to expand the reach of therapy by such nontraditional means as inviting teens to bring friends into sessions. While written for professionals, the book will also appeal to many parents for its expert perspective on the inner lives of adolescents.