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Generation Z and Family Therapy

Series: From Our Own

Date: June 28, 2018

Presented by: Michele Levin, LPC, LCADC, ACS, SAC (2012 M.S. Program Graduate)

Program Description

Through the use of interactive discussion, case studies, and multimedia, participants will discuss Generation Z and how adolescent development and needs remain the same, while the world around them has changed significantly. The focus will be on understanding family dynamics and strategies to help parents build resilience with their kids and connect with them, while maintaining structure within the home.

Learning Objectives

  1. A better understanding of the current adolescent generation;
  2. Identify and understand family dynamics as cyclical and not linear;
  3. Specific strategies to help parents create an open dialogue with their kids to build connection;
  4. Specific strategies to help parents help their kids problem solve to build resilience;
  5. The balance between relational therapy and behaviorism in family therapy.

About the Presenter

Michele graduated from Monmouth University with her M.S. in Mental Health Counseling in 2012, with a specialization in addictions. She spent six years at one of the largest child and adolescent outpatient programs in NJ moving through various clinical and supervisory roles, including Program Director. Within those six years, she additionally opened her own private practice, True Triumph Counseling, and went back to school to train at the Ackerman Institute of Family Therapy in NYC. In 2018 Michele merged her practice with her fiancé John’s practice, Blueprint Mental Health and became a co-owner alongside him. Their practice is in Somerville and treats children, teens, young adults and their families, providing individual therapy, family therapy, group therapy and parent coaching. Michele additionally continues to supervise other clinicians.

Michele specializes in child and adolescent family therapy and parent coaching. When kids shut down or act out, it leaves a parent lost as to what’s going on with their kid, what to do, and how to talk to them. Through gaining a strong rapport with the whole family, she helps them acknowledge what’s going on, and build skills to talk to each other differently. Basically, she helps families understand each other and like each other again.