Power and Compassion
Working with Difficult Adolescents and Abused Parents
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Drawing from structural-strategic family therapy, this pragmatic treatment guide looks at threatening teenagers in a new light. It describes how triangles formed by uncontrolled young people and adult authority figures anxious to appear understanding - including therapists - may service to increase the rebellious power these adolescents yield. Proposing new solutions, Price delineates the levels and types of abusive behavior in teenagers and outlines how to help parents regain control by learning to be both more understanding and more decisive.
Table of Contents
Foreword, Cloé Madanes
1. Parent Abuse
2. Directive versus Nondirective Approaches: How to Maintain the Status Quo without Really Trying
3. Early Warning Signs of Aggression: Overreacting to Aggression in Preteenage Children
4. When Divorce Conflict Causes Adolescent Aggression: Guilt, Loneliness, and Parents at War
5. Getting Abused Parents to Take Action
6. How to Break the Cycle of Intimidation
7. The Tao of Family Therapy: A Strategy for Treating Adolescents with Psychiatric Symptoms
8. The Secret Weapon Strategy: Conspiracy and Collusion in Therapy
9. He Must Be on Drugs
10. The Clown: The Therapy of a 13-Year-Old Boy Threatening Murder