Tools And Resources For Therapists, By Therapists
I've been working with teens and families my entire career and I love sharing the tips, tricks and tools I've learned along the way with other therapists. I'm always eager to share new ideas and regularly provide in-service trainings on Family Systems. I hope you enjoy and find some use for these ideas.
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Therapist's Resources: The Clinician's Store
Welcome to My People Patterns. This section of the website is aimed at clinicians and therapists who are looking for more tools and techniques for working with teens and families. Please keep coming back to see what's been made available as we're constantly adding videos or mini courses.
Family Systems Training
If you're new to Family Systems Theory or just want to brush up on your Family Therapy Theory, this set of videos will show you how to create a 'Family Map' - a game-changer in family therapy work.
Building Rapport With Teens
When I train therapists I tell them that building rapport with teenagers is the most important thing to do. Here's some of my insights from years of working with teens.
Circular Questioning is a total game changer for anyone working with families. In this video and the course I will try and explain how I use it, why I use it and what to ask!
NEW: How To Use Circular Questioning In Sessions
Circular Questioning is invaluable to me in a family therapy session, and I wish I'd learned some of the tips and tools in this video and online course a lot sooner. When you can introduce circular questioning to a session from the very first meeting, you can begin to understand some of the complex patterns that support and exacerbate the presenting problem.See The Course
The Family Portrait Activity
Get a rich and detailed understanding of family dynamics with this tool.
By Understanding Anxiety
Build closer relationships by asking the right questions about anxiety.
Carrie - AMFT
So much more than just worksheets
Don't get me wrong, worksheets are amazing and there's some terrific ones out there. Our tools and interventions are not just worksheets, most come with an explanatory video which often includes psycho-education or a demonstration. The PDF's that you download are also packed with bonus content such as 'process questions' or tips and hints from our experience using them.Find Out More
Counseling Skills and Therapy Tools For Clinicians
Building Rapport With Teens: How To Get Teens To Talk In Therapy
I have found that approaching the first sessions with a teenager the same way I would handle a session with an adult client sometimes leads to resistance or at least sessions in which I have to work much harder than I am used to. Our training often encourages us to start with the presenting problem and move into background information - perhaps a BioPsychoSocial perspective or Family Of Origin depending on your orientation, the key to getting teens to talk in therapy is to avoid this common pitfall. This product comes with an explanatory video and a 10 page e-book on working with teens, which includes some of my favorite questions to ask adolescent clients.
Family Projections Activity: Understanding Your Client's Family
This activity was created when working with a family who had difficulty in sharing personal experiences of being in the relationship with each other. In particular one of the teens was unable to tell his family verbally what he was experiencing with regards to academic pressure from his parents. This activity allowed both him and his sibling to share with their parents how they felt. The result was impactful and provocative in all the right ways - a family that had difficulty sharing with me, all of a sudden became animated as if this was the catalyst needed for them to talk more. This was also used to great effect in a Multifamily group in which parents and teens were able to share and ask each other questions
Other Courses For Clinicians, By Clinicians