10-22-21 Virtual Zoom CEU

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Virtual Continuing Education Course

Authentic Engagement with Teens in Therapy

In partnership with Gestalt Columbus, we invite you to attend our free Virtual Continuing Education Course on Authentic Engagement with Teens in Therapy.

Teenagers are a special kind of client. They can range from open and engaging to angry and withdrawn and everywhere in between. Clinicians often struggle to know how best to connect with a teenage client in an authentic way. Therapy can become stagnant or grounds for a power struggle which creates more distance between therapist and teen. Let’s face it, teenagers can be difficult clients to work with for even the most seasoned therapist.

Whether you’re excited to work with teens or are taken back to your own horrible teenage experience, this workshop will open your mind to new ways of engaging with teens and enhance the power and benefits they can get from therapy.

Goals and Objectives:

  • Developmental tasks teens need to go through and how that impacts therapy
  • How to create empathic, teen-sensitive, contactful relationships
  • How to be direct and challenging without our young clients feeling defensive or dismissed
  • How to create an environment of safety and trust in which you don’t become “parentified”
  • How to join with difficult teens who are “forced” into therapy
  • How to approach teenagers with more natural language that is shared and mutually revealing
  • How to share with parents in a way that doesn’t jeopardize the therapeutic relationship
  • How to be with teens who self-harm and act out in other destructive behaviors
  • Discuss ethical considerations in working with teens


Friday, October 22, 2021
9:00 a.m – 11:00 a.m.
2 Credits for LPCs, LPCCs, LPCC-S LSWs, LISWs, LISW-S

Provider Approval Program Number #RCS071602

Space is limited and spots fill up quickly. RSVP by Monday, October 18th. If you visit our website to RSVP and the event is no longer listed, that is because it is full.

Presented by Matt Dunatchik and Libby Steele:

Matt Dunatchik is a licensed professional clinical counselor who graduated with a master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling from the University of Dayton. He has worked in a college counseling setting as well as with adolescents in an Intensive Outpatient Group Program. He is a graduate of the Gestalt Institute of Central Ohio. He enjoys his work with teenagers and adults as well as parents and families. He also enjoys presenting various workshops around Columbus for schools, parents, teachers, clinicians and the community. Currently he works at a small group private practice called Gestalt Columbus.

Libby Steele is a licensed professional clinical counselor who graduated with a master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling from the University of Dayton. She has trained through the Gestalt Institute of Central Ohio’s three-year postgraduate program and in the dynamic Oaklander Gestalt Play Therapy model. She has worked in wide array of settings and enjoys working closely with individuals and their families to provide a supportive and engaging environment for real and lasting change. Through her work with Gestalt Columbus she has had the privilege to present on parenting and mental health topics in schools and community settings throughout Ohio.

This CE will take place virtually via the Zoom app. Once all attendees have registered, we will email a meeting link.


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