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Dr. Dawn-Elise Snipes PhD, LPC-MHSP, LMHC
AllCEUs.com Continuing Education
Explore triggering issues
Discuss how/why adolescents respond differently than adults (or even children)
Review intervention approaches
Sleep (Anxiety; schedules; homework; hygiene)
Nutrition (incl. energy drinks)
Gender Identity (and determining their gender identity)
Hyper-responsive (comparatively) HPA-Axis
Hyperactive stress response
Stuck in F/F mode (emotional mind) making it difficult to think clearly and identify what is bothering them in the moment
Fewer experiences to inform default schema
Increased “learning” from less than accurate sources
Lack of awareness to find “accurate” sources
Increased distress increases emotional salience of distressful triggers
Extreme thinking / demands for perfection / difficulty with identifying diminishing returns
Faulty assumptions about “life” and what they “should” know
So much stimulation serves to distract from mindfulness
Egocentric (until age 7) Can only see their own point of view
Inductive reasoning—observation to idea (generalization) Green traffic lights always turn yellow.
Deductive reasoning— If A=B and B=C then A=C If any of the premises are incorrect then the solution will also be incorrect.
How much incorrect or only partially correct information is out there?
Based on their “years of experience” how many of the generalizations made during childhood which now inform their reasoning are accurate?
Often not taught to challenge existing generalizations
Lack of safety
Virtual safety: 24/7 and permeating all safe spaces; disinhibition (abuse/neglect); deep fakes; identity theft; catfish; out of context posts or life-long posts negatively impacting school acceptance or jobs
Lack of a need to leave leads to fewer experiences “out there” and a discomfort with “out there”
Identity vs. Role Confusion (Erikson)
Defining “Who am I?”
Identity involves the experiences, relationships, and values that make up a person's sense of self.
People who are not allowed to explore and test out different identities might lead to role confusion—being unsure of who they are and where they fit in (if anywhere).
People who develop a role identity based on one or more “canceled” principles may fear abandonment if people knew the “real them”
Parental distress: Perception and Disengagement
Texting vs. talking
Cancel culture (rejection/abandonment)
Constantly changing landscape
FOMO = no time for relaxation
Larger fishbowl (swipe right / ghosting)
May never know why someone ghosted which can lead to inaccurate conclusions
Reduced effort in relationships
Define rich and meaningful life
Choosing to use your energy doing things that just spin your wheels or help you get traction to move forward
Mindfulness (Morning and Night)
Strengths and vulnerabilities
Identify ways to address vulnerabilities
Distress Tolerance: TAGS
Exercise and Stretching
Adolescents are growing rapidly.
Exercise and stretching can help with feelings of coordination and reduce pain
Mild exercise can help reduce cortisol levels
Moderate to intense exercise can help “reset” the stress response
Examine the Facts in Context
Talk to others and think about alternatives
Act to improve the next moment and assess outcomes
Video by Dr. Dawn Elise Snipes on integrative behavioral health approaches including counseling techniques and skills for improving mental health and reducing mental illness.
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