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The First Session with Teenagers: A Step-by-Step Guide

The First Session with Teenagers: A Step-by-Step Guide

Neil G. Ribner

ISBN: 978-0-787-94982-2

Jan 2000, Jossey-Bass

208 pages

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The First Session with Teenagers is a practical, accessible guide that reveals how mental health care professionals can conduct a successful initial interview with reluctant and uncooperative adolescent clients. Written by Neil G. Ribner, a recognized expert in the field of family therapy and the treatment of teenagers, this important resource shows how to use the first therapeutic session to establish trust, engage the adolescent, and determine an effective plan of action that sets the tone for the entire course of treatment. In clear, jargon-free language, the author offers clinicians at all levels of expertise (from the novice to the seasoned professional) a step-by-step process for working with adolescents during the pivotal first session.

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Foreword, Jeanne Albronda Heaton.




Adolescent Development.

Presenting Problems.

Preparing for the First Session.

The First Session.

The Process of the First Session.

Special Populations.

Case Study: Jeremy.




The Author.

""Practical and comprehensive . . . an excellent resource for beginning therapists, as well as for those wanting to expand their skills with adolescents."" (Holly Stejskal, Youth and Family Counselor, SAY, San Diego, Inc.)

""Neil Ribner doesn't talk in generalities, rely on clinical jargon, or underestimate the complex issues involved in working with adolescents. Using a large number of clinical vignettes from his vast experience, he shows how the therapist's ability to align him or herself with the adolescent client is what typically spells the difference between being helpful or getting blown off. In culturally sensitive, down to earth language, Ribner describes how to empathically connect with the fears, anxieties, and resentments of troubled teenagers and their families in ways that promote change."" (Fred Weiner, psychologist, Counseling and Psychological Services Center, Ohio University)

""In the most readable prose, Dr. Ribner outlines everything you want to know about initiating treatment with the adolescent client. Psychotherapists in training in all disciplines should read this manageable and straightforward book; their supervisors and other experienced clinicians could also benefit from this compact yet comprehensive reminder."" (Donald J. Viglione, professor and director, Clinical Doctor of Psychology Program, California School of Professional Psychology, San Diego)

""Refreshing and direct . . . this book will benefit those who work with adolescents in a variety of settings."" (oanne E. Callan, professor, California School of Professional Psychology)