Emotion dysregulation is a hallmark of adolescence. In addition, many psychological disorders experienced by teens identify emotion dysregulation as a symptom. This workshop for psychologists, licensed mental health professionals, medical professionals, and ministry leaders will explore the nature, function, and neurobiology of emotion regulation and its development through securely attached relationships in childhood. It will address how it manifests when not adequately developed and present practical strategies to help those who struggle. A model for riding the waves of emotions, accompanied by exercises for teaching emotion regulation to teens, will be presented. Evidence-based tools that can be readily adapted into therapeutic interventions will be covered.
1. Describe the nature and function of emotion regulation and the psychosocial problems that arise when emotion is dysregulated in adolescence.
2. Demonstrate how secure attachment in childhood enables brain structure development that facilitates emotion regulation.
3. Utilize unique strategies for managing and treating emotion dysregulation with practical tools for use inside and outside the therapy room.