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Strategies to Help Launch Your Teen (3/11/19)

WHEN Monday, Mar 11th 2019 06:30 PM - 08:30 PM
COST $20.00 per person
$35.00 per parenting couple
LOCATION MN ADOPT Office, 2446 University Ave W, Suite 104, St. Paul, MN 55114

One of the most tumultuous developmental milestones is the transition from teen to adult when that teen both demands independence and is not in any way ready to manage its demands. Leaving then returning home, triggered attachment insecurities, and resulting destructive behavior are components of a consuming pattern of events, well recognized by families and youth in the thick of it. This workshop is for any parent who is going through the tremendous heartache of helping your near adult child land somewhere after high school graduation.  The barriers are many and the resources few, especially when your child’s issues prevent him from working with you and you become the enemy.  Come listen to the wisdom, pain and laughter of other parents who have walked down this road.  Family Therapist Krista Nelson, and parents Melissa Peterson and Julie Martin will suggest themes and strategies, gems of wisdom, resources, and cautions.   Parents will be challenged to redefine what constitutes success, independence and responsibility for youth taking untraditional routes to adulthood.  How can you commit to your child, even as you do not like or feel safe with him or her as this critical time of life?

Krista Nelson, LICSW, LMFT has thirty years of post-masters experience working with children and parents who are coping with attachment loss, trauma and family changes, especially with youth who entered a family through adoption.  She is co-founder of Family Circle Counseling in St. Paul, MN and led the Wilder Foundation’s Attachment and Trauma Training program from 2001 to 2017.  She co-created and continues to facilitate, along with Deena McMahon, the popular workshop Surviving and Thriving Beyond the RAD Diagnosis.  Krista is an attachment focused family therapist with advanced training in EMDR, Theraplay and Emotion Focused Couples Counseling who actually loves the balance of doing therapy with playful children, teens, adult adoptees, parents and couples in their quest for healing.

Julie Martindale is the parent of 11 children, 9 adopted through the foster care system. With an educational background in child psychology and Native American studies, she has worked for the last 25 years to develop systems of parent to parent support, with a particular interest in post adoption support.

Melissa Peterson of Refined Parenting is a certified coach for parents. She has a long history of employment working with children, youth, and families in community and human services including youth who are homeless, adoption, family violence intervention and prevention, youth development, curriculum development and training, out-of-school programs and camping, residential treatment, tutoring and education programs, and childcare. With extensive training in attachment parenting and complex trauma, she takes a principle-based approach to parenting. The most important training she has to share comes from her experience of adopting a child from The Program for Minnesota’s Waiting Children.