Improving Parent-Adolescent
Relationships
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Dr. Darrell Burnett, clinical psychologist, certified group psychotherapist, has over 15 years of hands-on experience in running Multifamily Groups for parents and teenagers together, in in-patient, day care, outpatient, and aftercare settings. He has published a 15 session program: Improving Parent-Adolescent Relationships: Learning Activities for Parents and Adolescents, complete with a Leader Manual and a Participant Workbook.

Using a structured, skills training approach, Dr. Burnett offers specific, practical procedures for working with parents and adolescents in the same room at the same time, in a group or with individual families.

The program covers three major areas of problems common to parent-adolescent relationships:

  1. Social Perception
  2. Communications
  3. Behavior Management

The social perception exercises allow the parents and teens to see how close or how far away they are in the way they see each other, in the areas of personal traits, family communications, and values. Family members are taught to keep their perceptions based upon current behaviors. The communication exercises delineate styles of communication between parents and teens, with an emphasis upon assertive communications, using a scoring grid while discussing positive and negative feelings, including mutual empathy exercises.

The Behavior Management exercises discuss the importance of understanding the relationship between behaviors and consequences, the importance of specificity in behavioral expectations of each other, and the importance of the consistent application of consequences, ending with a sample Family Behavior Contracting exercise.

Dr. Burnett has presented his program at professional conferences of the American Psychological Association, California Psychological Association, California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, and the American Association of Christian Counselors.

Manual: Provides goals, background information, and step-by-step procedures for each of the 15 learning activities. (134 pages) $21.95 (not available through FUNAGAIN PRESS.  Available through publisher (Taylor and Francis, Inc.) at 1-800-634-7064, or AMAZON.COM
Workbook: Contains forms which are to be completed during the learning activities. Provides questions and concepts with space for recording answers and other comments. (102 pages) $16.95 (not available through FUNAGAIN PRESS.   Available through publisher (Taylor and Francis, Inc.) at 1-800-634-7064, or AMAZON.COM

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