Enhancing Motivation and Engagement With Youth
Tweens and teens do not often initiate therapy but are referred to treatment by their parents, school counselors, psychiatrists, or pediatricians. It’s critical that tweens and teens “buy-in” and be a collaborative and proactive partner in treatment. Dr. Mary Alvord will provide a framework for psychologists to enhance motivation for change among youth who are stuck in their patterns of avoidance, perhaps due to anxiety, depression, or other challenges. She will discuss how transtheoretical stages of change, motivational interviewing, values assessment, and the process of tolerating discomfort boost motivation for change and set the groundwork for behavioral techniques (e.g., exposure and behavioral activation). Dr. Alvord’s emphasis will be on providing strategies and “tools” for practice through case examples.
About the Presenter
Mary Karapetian Alvord, PhD, is a psychologist and is co-founder of Alvord, Baker & Associates, LLC. She specializes in treating children, adolescents, and adults using evidence-based therapies. She is also Founder of a charitable non-profit, Resilience Across Borders, Inc. and co-author of Conquer Negative Thinking for Teens, Resilience-Builder Program, and The Action Mindset Workbook for Teens: Simple CBT Skills to Help You Conquer Fear and Self-Doubt and Take Steps Toward What Really Matters.
Continuing Education Information
1 CE Credit, Instructional Level: Intermediate
1 Contact Hour (New York Board of Psychology)
- Describe how stages of change, values identification, and motivational interviewing can be used to move from thinking about change, to making a plan, and then taking action.
- Discuss how tolerance of uncertainty and discomfort can facilitate taking action.
- Apply these principles to treatment for anxiety and/or depression.
Disclosures: Dr. Alvord receives royalties for her books. No other support. Honorarium will be paid to Resilience Across Borders, Inc, the charitable nonprofit Dr. Alvord founded.
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