Adolescent Treatment and Recovery, Part 6: Pitfalls on the Road to Excellence in Counseling Adolescents

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Recorded on Friday, September 2, 2022

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Working with adolescent clients poses some special challenges and presents with unique pitfalls. We’ll be discussing many of the most common ones and how to navigate them. These challenges and pitfalls often occur when clients won’t open up (“I’m good”); disclose their drug use (or won’t); glamorize drugs; come to sessions intoxicated; challenge therapists to play “Go ahead try to make me quit”; doubt your credentials based on drug use (or lack of it); misbehave in group sessions, etc. Also, we’ll discuss pitfalls in dealing with parents and the courts. Some may be familiar, and some might be eye opening. 


Robert Schwebel, PhD, has worked in mental health and drug counseling for more than 50 years. His books include Saying No Is Not Enough; Keep Your Kids Tobacco-Free; Leap of Power: Take Control of Alcohol, Drugs, and Your Life; and Who’s on Top, Who’s on Bottom: How Couples Can Learn to Share Power. He wrote and developed The Seven Challenges® Program for adolescents and young adults, and recently a version for adults of any age. Schwebel has facilitated hundreds of trainings for professionals and leads the Seven Challenges training team. He has appeared on Oprah, The Today Show, The CBS Early Show, CNN interviews, and other national media. He writes for and Psychology Today. These and other articles can also be read at

Learning Objectives

  • Participants will be able to identify five or more pitfalls and learn strategies to deal with them.
  • Participants will be able to apply at least one proven fact about adolescent development to their clinical work with adolescents.
  • Participants will learn at least two strategies for coping with parental, school, or court pressure in a manner that supports adolescent health and development.
Content Level


  • Intermediate level courses provide information that builds on knowledge practitioners with some experience already have. These courses focus on skill-building or adding knowledge, possibly following a brief overview of basic information, and involve using information in concrete situations and understanding the underlying structure of the material.

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Who Should Attend

Addiction professionals, employee assistance professionals, social workers, mental health counselors, professional counselors, psychologists, and other helping professionals that are interested in learning about addiction-related matters. 


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