Treatment-Resistant Teens: Options!
Speaker: Triston Morgan Ph.D.
A treatment-resistant teen in your therapy practice is not an uncommon occurrence. There are options for families in these situations that most private practice therapists do not know about, or don’t have an accurate picture of. Wilderness programs, residential treatment centers, and therapeutic boarding schools are available and are as different as the students that they enroll. Finding the right fit for adolescents is as important as what the school has to offer in the first place. Often what is publicized about the teen treatment continuum of care is misunderstood and/or inaccurate.
We will achieve these objectives through presenting facts about the adolescent treatment industry, providing anecdotal experiences, and by soliciting ideas from participants about their experiences. Participants will develop a greater understanding of how to work systemically with the adolescent treatment industry in a way that encourages and facilitates change in families. Placing a child outside of the home for treatment has little to do with individual treatment and more to do with healing the whole family. Many in our industry feel this way and implement treatment strategies to make this happen. The family is our focus.
1. Tell participants about the out-of-home continuum of care for adolescents,
2. Address myths and or misunderstandings about the teen treatment industry and
3. Educate participants about the process of helping families consider this treatment option.
Triston Morgan Ph.D., Admissions Director, Discovery Academy. Dr. Morgan came to Discovery Academy in January 2009. After earning his Bachelor's degree in Marriage, Family, and Human Development at Brigham Young University, he continued his education at Loma Linda University where he earned his Master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy with an emphasis in drug and alcohol treatment. He later earned a Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Brigham Young University. He is licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of Utah. Since 2002 he has worked as a therapist in different settings, including drug and alcohol rehabilitation clinics and wilderness therapy programs for adolescents.