Engaging Teens: The Therapeutic Alliance in Family and Individual Work with Adolescents


Friday, April 10, 2020 | 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

The Child Study Center at NYU Langone Medical Center
One Park Avenue, New York, NY 10016

NYSED Approved for 3 CE contact hours


This workshop will offer clinicians an in-depth and practical exploration of the essential principles of co-creating effective therapeutic alliances in individual and family therapy with adolescents.  Emphasis will be on the collaborative practice of establishing, maintaining, optimizing and repairing therapeutic relationships.  This workshop will focus on principles and practices rather than on a specific model of therapy. Attendees will gain practical tools for dealing with difficult-to-engage clients, including those with low motivation or even hostility towards therapy.  Principles and strategies rather than specific models of therapy will be emphasized, providing social workers a range of tools that can be applied in multiple settings. 

Learning Objectives


  • Gain an understanding of the essential organizing principles for establishing and maintaining strong therapeutic relationships.
  • Learn to identify markers for therapeutic ruptures and to engage in effective repair.
  • Gain effective tools for dealing with reluctant, un-motivated, and even hostile clients.


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Andrew Roffman, LCSW
Clinical Assistant Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, The Child Study Center at NYU Langone Medical Center

Andrew Roffman, LCSW is Clinical Assistant Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the NYU School of Medicine and Director of the Family Studies Program at the Child Study Center of NYU Langone Medical Center. Mr. Roffman has been in practice for 31 years, spending the first 11 of those years in community mental health settings and the last 20 as part of the NYU Child Study Center where he divides his time between clinical practice, supervision, and teaching. Mr. Roffman directs Family Studies, a training program in family and couples therapy for psychiatry residents and psychology interns in the Departments of Child/Adolescent and Adult Psychiatry at NYU. In addition, he teaches an undergraduate class on family systems theory in NYU’s Child and Adolescent Mental Health Studies Program (CAMS). Mr. Roffman’s publications on psychotherapy include numerous articles in peer reviewed professional journals as well as book chapters. His clinical practice is comprised of work with individuals, couples and families.

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Samuel Fasulo, PhD
Clinical Psychologist and Director, NYU Child Study Center

Samuel Fasulo, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist in the Anita Saltz Institute for Anxiety and Mood Disorders Director at the NYU Child Study Center.  He also serves as the Director of the Child Study Center’s Adolescent Dialectical Behavior Therapy program.  His professional interests include adolescent/young adult suicidality and behavioral risk management, therapeutic engagement of treatment-resistant and treatment-ambivalent adolescents and young adults, complex trauma/PTSD, and the ecologically valid provision of empirically supported treatments to youths and families.