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"Helping Children & Teens: Theory, Tips & Tricks "

  • October 11, 2015
  • 8:30 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Woodland Hills Country Club 21150 Dumetz Road, Woodland Hills 91364


  • Member of LA CAMFT or SGV CAMFT

Registration is closed

  Membership Meeting with


 Robin Walker, LMFT  Kent Toussaint, LMFT, LPCC


Treating children & teens is very different than working with adults in psychotherapy -- the communication is non-verbal, the rhythm of the session is erratic, the goals of young clients are often at odds with the parents who refer them and measuring success is complicated.     

This presentation will address Donald Winnicott's concepts of development, the true/false self divide and the need for play.


 Activities and examples
will be presented, including: 

·  Why talking to kids doesn't work

·  Three universal treatment goals

·  General themes in children's play

·  Which games work and why

·  When and how to involve parents


The second half of this presentation will focus  

on the needs of teens in psychotherapy.  

·  Building trust and rapport with teens

·  Helping teens with confidence

·  Dealing with teens' and parents' resistance

·  Helping teens acknowledge and express emotional needs

·  Defining "normal" adolescence


Robin Walker LMFT has specialized in helping children and teens in his full-time Woodland Hills private practice since 1987. As an artist, he brings his creativity to the therapeutic process.  Robin has been a quoted expert in Child MagazineGood Housekeeping, the Los Angeles Times and has appeared on The Leeza Show. Robin is a past president of the Los Angeles chapter of the California Association for Play Therapy. Visit Robin's therapy site here and his artist site here


Kent Toussaint LMFT, LPCC is the Clinical Director and Owner of Teen Therapy Center in Woodland Hills where he helps teens and families live happier lives.  He has an entertaining and educational blog -- Teen Therapy Center blog


8:30-9am - Networking, Registration, &                           Breakfast 
9-9:30am - Membership Meeting &                                          Announcements
9:30-10:30am - Speaker Presentation 
10:30-11am - Structured Networking 
11:15 -1pm - Board Meeting ~All Welcome 


$10 for SFV-CAMFT chapter members
$20 for non SFV-CAMFT chapter members

 Early Bird Online Registration Ends October 4
             After that, fee will go up $5 

If paying at the door, checks only (NO CASH PLEASE)   
Please note new policy...if a phone or online RSVP is not received *before* the event, payment at door will double 
to $20 for members & $40 for non-members 

Questions?  Email Laura Westmoreland here      


(1.5 CE Credit for MFT/LCSW; BBS Provider #PCE 3168)  


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