Developmental Contrasts and Considerations in Treatment with Adolescents and Emerging Adults and Their Families
Code S07 :: Workshop Session :: 1.50 CE hours
The developmental tasks and challenges of emerging adulthood differ in significant ways from those of adolescence. If adolescence begins as a kind of testing ground for newly emerging cognitive capacities that can support more independent reasoning, executive functioning, emotional regulation and relational identity development, emerging adulthood consolidates and extends these developmental capacities to support more independent functioning beyond the immediate family. Advances in neuroscience and clinical practice have much to offer both parents and professionals involved in treating eating disorders with these two populations. This workshop will examine the similarities and differences between adolescents and emerging adults, with a focus on the implications for parenting and clinical practice. A neurodevelopmental-family systems model will be used to highlight a number of practical implications for parents and clinicians seeking to support the healthy emergence of independence and connection in their children and patients.
- Identify at least three significant differences between adolescents and emerging adults with respect to capacities for self-awareness, social relatedness and identity consolidation.
- Discuss the importance of supporting connected autonomy within both family and clinical contexts.
- Identify at least two differences in the successful management of disordered eating patterns in adolescence vs. emerging adulthood.
About the Presenter
Bryn Jessup, PhD, Director of Family Services and Systems at YELLOWBRICK
Bryn Jessup, PhD is the Director of Family Services and Systems at YELLOWBRICK, an intensive treatment program and nationally recognized center of excellence serving emerging adults and their families. Beginning with his dissertation research in family therapy, Dr. Jessup has presented and published widely over the past 25 years in the areas of childhood and family trauma, psychosomatic illness, shame, and intensive individual and family treatment of emerging adults. Prior to joining YELLOWBRICK, Dr. Jessup maintained an adjunct faculty affiliation with Northwestern University and an active private practice on the North Shore treating children, adolescents, adults and families.