403. Bridging the Gap: How to Effectively Communicate with the Newest Generation(s)

Emerging and Challenging Issues, Saturday, April 13th 1:15 – 2:45 PM ,, Workshops


Mark Crear, Ph.D.

CE Credits


Professional CE Credit

Psychologists, Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Chemical Dependency Counselors

IBCC Credit

Pastoral Counselors, Pastors, Teachers, Coaches,

CME/CEU Credit

Medical Doctors, Osteopathic Physicians, Physicians Assistants, Nurse Practitioners




Talking to teenagers is hard, but talking to them about mental health issues is even harder. In this workshop, psychologists, licensed mental health professionals, medical personnel, and ministry leaders will be able to identify key components in addressing youth on the topic of mental health issues. These components can then be easily explained to parents to help them engage with their kids on the issues that could be troubling them. Participants will be able to develop a communication style model that will help bridge the often tricky generational and cultural communication gap between adults and teenagers. Furthermore, participants will be able to utilize five important steps to effective communication to allow teenagers to feel heard, understood, and listened to, as well as ways that vital adults in their lives can effectively communicate care, compassion, and knowledge back to them.

Learning Objectives

Participants will:

Examine the historical and current impact of the different generational communication cultures.

Develop a communication style model that will assist in bridging the cultural communication gap, especially around the topic of mental health.

Identify the five key steps to effective communication with adolescent clients and develop strategies to teach these to parents.