Areas in which it is possible to professionally help adolescents and their families.
It is known that adolescence is usually a complex stage of life, for good and for bad.
Although it is not always full of drama and identity crisis to the point of what movies and television series show, many young people see their lives turn convulsive after the arrival of puberty: physical and biological changes in their body, changes in the expectations they feel they must meet, new priorities, interests and aesthetic codes, etc.
If to all this complexity we add the fact that most of these adolescents live constantly with their families, the result of not knowing how to manage the situation can create persistent problems that appear again and again in daily life.
That is why there are professionals who are specifically trained to respond to this need for fit between adolescents and their families. Here we will see what those areas of intervention are.
The areas of professional intervention in families with adolescents
Although there are several ways to promote good coexistence in families with adolescents and to create the ideal context for the latter to develop well and have a good emotional balance.
1. Analyze the attachment style
In this context, attachment is the way in which young people perceive the affective bond that binds them to their fathers and mothers, and the attitudes they develop about their situation as still vulnerable minors who need protection. The attachment style can take different forms, and some of them are harmful to the child; that is why it is important to know how to identify what type of attachment is underway.
2. Explore forms of personal autonomy for the adolescent
Adolescence is characterized, among other things, by being a transitional stage between a way of life in which there is constant protection from the elderly, and another in which personal autonomy and the search for power to decide for oneself. This duality is stressful for many young people, who feel intimidated by this openness to the world with less protection and, at the same time, they feel frustrated before the world of norms imposed by the family.
3. The resilience formulas
The transition to a new way of life sometimes implies facing crises and distressing situations in general : the change in the group of friends, the accelerated change of the body, the need to organize oneself, etc. Sometimes this leads to painful events, arguments, moments of shame, etc. That is why both adolescents and their families can benefit from the possibility of developing formulas for resilience, that is, ways of coping with these complicated situations while maintaining a mentality constructive.
5. Understand the changes of adolescence on a neurological level
The way of thinking and feeling of young people who have recently gone through puberty is altered by changes in the brain that occur relatively quickly. Understanding these changes helps a lot to know what adolescents are going through.
6. Understand your sexuality
Adolescence also goes hand in hand with changes in the sphere of their sexuality, and has implications both in their way of living it and in their way of perceiving it. For this reason, professionals who work to support adolescents and their families have experience in the type of problems and needs that may arise in this regard: doubts, search for privacy, fear of not being normal, search for experimentation without having help of others, etc.
7. Improve conflict resolution dynamics
Arguing is not the same as confronting or fighting. For this reason, family coexistence where there are adolescents is greatly benefited when a series of rules and communication skills and regulation of emotions are internalized.
Are you interested in training in assisting adolescents and their families?
If you dedicate yourself to the world of education, coaching with families and young people or want to specialize in work areas similar to these, you may be interested in a training program carried out by the European School of Coaching (EEC) and specifically oriented to offer support and assistance teenagers and their families.
The Specialization program in adolescents and families created by EEC, offers 30 hours of theoretical-practical learning in which students are trained in all the areas of professional intervention seen in the previous section.
Throughout this, it works both from the individual (person-centered) and systemic (focused on the interaction between family members) approach, and is based on the active participation of students to be able to apply to real cases what has been learned. The Specialization in adolescents and families is coordinated by Rosa Mª Barriuso, a psychologist specialized in Psychotherapy for children and adolescents and EEC certified Team Coach. To see the contact details of Escuela Europea de Coaching and read more information about this course, go to this page.