Treating the Tough Adolescent: A Family-Based, Step-by-Step Guide

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This book illuminates the causes of severe adolescent behavioral problems and presents a research-based 15-step model for helping families bring about real, lasting change. Incorporating structural and strategic principles, the author's cohesive approach focuses on setting clear rules and consequences; changing the mood and direction of confrontations; neutralizing such problem behaviors as disrespect, truancy, running away, violence, and threats of suicide; and restoring positive, nurturing relationships among ...
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Overview

This book illuminates the causes of severe adolescent behavioral problems and presents a research-based 15-step model for helping families bring about real, lasting change. Incorporating structural and strategic principles, the author's cohesive approach focuses on setting clear rules and consequences; changing the mood and direction of confrontations; neutralizing such problem behaviors as disrespect, truancy, running away, violence, and threats of suicide; and restoring positive, nurturing relationships among family members. Special treatment issues covered include working with single-parent families, outside systems (peers, school, probation officers), divorce and stepfamily problems, and substance misuse. Clearly written, practical, and accessible, the book uses actual case examples to demonstrate each step of the approach.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Using Treating the Tough Adolescent as a text provides my students with a clear, concise understanding of the strategic therapy model and its application. Many students (as well as veteran therapists) are intimidated by the idea of working with out-of-control teens and their families. Dr. Sells's book is written in a straightforward way and offers specific strategies that, when followed, will lead to success."--Peter D. Bradley, PhD, Department of Family Therapy, Texas Woman's University

"This book is a gem. Sells provides front-line clinicians with a step-by-step road map for doing effective family therapy with difficult adolescents. If you wish to know what an advanced structural-strategic family therapy model looks like, read this book." --Matthew D. Selekman, MSW, Response Center, Skokie, IL

"Treating the Tough Adolescent offers a sensible and strategic approach to resolving the family problems of difficult adolescents....This is a valuable book that wedges research-supported ideas into practical guidance for therapists struggling with exasperating adolescents and their families." --from the Foreword by Jay Haley

"Dr. Sells's approach, which is theoretically derived, extensively researched, and carefully refined, is logical, considerate, eminently practical, and easy to follow. His explanations of what to do, why to do it, and how to do it should be accessible and useful to all." --from the Foreword by Neil Schiff

Journal of Family Psychotherapy

"One of the best treatment manuals for working with adolescent problems that exists within the family therapy field....a must read for everyone who treats difficult teenagers."--Journal of Family Psychotherapy
Canadian Child Psychiatry Review

"I recommend this book for any mental health clinician who works with difficult adolescents and their families. It is an excellent volume outlining a step-by-step approach to effecting lasting change in severely behaviorally disordered adolescents."--Canadian Child Psychiatry Review
Booknews
Presents a 15-step treatment model for bringing about improvements in severe behavioral problems in adolescents, with real-life case examples, troubleshooting tips, and solid empirical support. Explains why adolescents act out, identifies the biggest challenges in treating adolescents and families, and details methods for restoring parental authority, dealing with conflict, and dealing with adolescents' threats of suicide, violence, and running away. Also gives techniques for reviving nurturing and tenderness. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781572304222
  • Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/19/1998
  • Series: Guilford Family Therapy Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author


Scott P. Sells, PhD, is currently Professor of Social Work at Savannah State University and Clinical Director of the Savannah Family Institute. He has treated more than 800 difficult children and adolescents, has spoken nationally on this topic, and has published a number of related journal articles. His 6-week educational program for parents of difficult children and teenagers, Parenting With Love and Limits(TM), has been adopted as a standard model in Virginia; Ohio; and Savannah, Georgia. His website is at: www.difficult.net.
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Table of Contents


I. A Family-Based Model for Difficult Adolescents
1. Introduction
2. Point of Entry: Why Difficult Teenagers Have Problems
3. A Model for Change
II. Specific Principles and Guidelines
4. Setting Clear Rules and Consequences: The Basic Work of Therapy
5. Changing the Timing and Process of Confrontations
6. Neutralizing the Adolescent's "Five Aces"
7. Restoring Nurturance and Tenderness
III. Special Treatment Issues and Circumstances
8. Working with Outsiders
9. Single-Parent Families: Sharing Parental Responsibility
10. Divorce and Stepfamily Problems
11. Alcohol and Drug Use: "I Don't Have a Problem"
IV. Research Findings and Future Implications
12. Process-Outcome Research and the Family-Based Model: Refining and Operationalizing Key Theoretical Concepts
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