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Workshop Offers Strategies on Working with Resistant Adolescents

10/17/2007 —

Working with resistant adolescents is the topic of a workshop set for Saturday, Nov. 3 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at Penn State York.   The workshop is sponsored by Penn State York’s Community and University Partnership (CUP) and features Elizabeth Coyle, Ph.D.

Frustration or helplessness is often experienced by individuals working with adolescents who resist taking advantage of available services that could provide them with help and instead continue to exhibit destructive behaviors.   This workshop will offer some real tools to make working with resistant adolescents more successful.   Coyle will present techniques that address adolescent resistance during interviewing and treatment.  She will also provide strategies for presenting or interrupting the self-destructive cycles associated with eating disorders, aggression and violence toward self and others, and runaway/truancy behaviors. 

Coyle is founder and sole proprietor of Professional Development Services.   She provides training and consulting services on issues of violence prevention, responding to challenging behaviors, managing change and transition, and team building in schools and businesses.  She also teaches a graduate course on developmental problems in children and adolescents at Penn State York and is a lecturer in the education department at Elizabethtown College where she teaches child and adolescent psychology, inclusionary practices, childhood and adolescent mental health disorders, and school violence prevention.

CUP’s workshops are designed for educators, human service providers, and other professionals who work with children, youth, and families.  These workshops may be taken for Act 48 credit, Penn State Continuing Education Units (CEUs) or Social Work CEUs.  The fee for Working with Resistant Adolescents is $85 and includes all workshop materials and coffee and donuts in the morning.  Lunch is on your own.  To register or for more information, please contact Beth Gill-MacDonald, CUP coordinator, at 717-771-4047 or bxg5@psu.edu.

Future workshops include Enhancing Cultural Competence Working with LGBT Youth, Wednesday, Nov. 7 from 6 – p.m., $50; and Utilizing Social/Emotional Developmental Benchmarks in Prevention, Intervention, and Treatment Services for Children, Adolescents, and Adults, Tuesday, Dec. 4 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., $85.

The Community and University Partnership (CUP) is a collaboration between Penn State York and area human service, educational and community organizations. The partnership seeks to link the resources of both the University and the community to address critical issues facing children, youth, and families. The mission of CUP is to promote healthy children, youth, and family outcomes through university and community collaborations that are research-based and foster mutual learning and benefit to all partners.

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