Convening Tough Conversations between Adolescents and Parents in Therapy


Join this trauma-informed training to learn about facilitating tough conversations and conflict relief between children and their parents in therapy

Price: Includes 3.5-4 CEUs
Standard Rate: $85
Student/Group Rate: $75

    Wilder Center (Amherst H. Wilder Foundation)
    451 Lexington Parkway North
    Saint Paul, MN 55104

    About this trauma-informed training workshop presented by the Wilder Community Mental Health & Wellness team:

    Facilitating tough conversations as an attachment savvy professional takes a certain set of skills and use of self. It requires the ability to actively engage the “push-pull” relational system, tolerate explosive expressions of fear and loss, while drawing out humor and parent-child connection. Truly, the therapist must channel the art form of a dance choreographer, pulling together a cast of characters, movements, emotions and differing perspectives of parent and youth, in order to create a shared experience that moves and calms anxious hearts. Specific steps to “choreograph" these hard conversations will be outlined, role-played and practiced in this interactive, advanced therapy skills workshop.

    What participants will learn:

    • Assess the “push- pull” cycle at play between your client parents and teens with attachment losses.
    • Observe and practice family therapy methods to effectively move into vs away from strong emotions between parent and teen.
    • Create enough safety to explore attachment needs within actions and emotions.
    • Facilitate relational repair interactions between teen and parent that strengthen the parent’s capacity to offer a "safe base” for a teen in this difficult launching time of life.

    Who should attend:

    Mental Health Professionals

    Continuing Education Units Offered: 

    • Minnesota Board of Psychology - 3.5 Hours
    • Minnesota Board of Social Work - 3.5 Hours
    • MInnesota Board of Marriage and Family Therapy - 3.5 Hours
    • Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy - 4.0 Hours

    Questions about this training topic, please contact Krista Nelson at

    This educational training workshop is provided by the Wilder Center for Learning and Excellence™

    Event Location

    Wilder Center (Amherst H. Wilder Foundation)
    451 Lexington Parkway North
    Saint Paul, MN 55104