Brad Sachs, Ph.D. is a psychologist, educator and the author of numerous books on child and family development, including, most recently, Family-Centered Treatment With Struggling Young Adults and Emptying The Nest:  Launching Your Young Adult Toward Success And Self Reliance.  He has also written When No One Understands:  Letters To A Teenager On Life, Loss, and The Hard Road To Adulthood, The Good Enough Teen:  Raising Adolescents With Love and Compassion (Despite How Impossible They Can Be), and The Good Enough Child:  How To Have An Imperfect Family And Be Perfectly Satisfied.

Dr. Sachs is in independent practice, and lectures, consults and conducts workshops nationally and internationally on child, adolescent, and family treatment and development.  He is the Founder and Director of The Father Center, a program designed to address the needs and concerns of new, expectant, and experienced fathers, and regularly contributes to a range of journals and blogs for both general and professional readership, including Psychology Today's "Emptying The Nest."

Dr. Sachs is also a poet and musician, whose recent projects include Why Am I Telling You This?: Poems From Psychotherapy, and Hard Tales To Tell, a CD of original songs based on stories his patients have shared.

Dr. Sachs lives in Columbia, Maryland with his wife, Karen Meckler, M.D., where they have raised their three young adult children and assorted dogs with equal amounts of uncertainty, joy and humility, and where they often merrily indulge their visiting grand-daughter.  For additional information about Dr. Sachs's work, please visit:  www.drbradsachs.com.

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Creativity and Compassion: Transformative Encounters With Adolescents and Young Adults
July 24-28, 2017

Adolescence and Young Adulthood occur at an exquisite juncture in the family's development, and require individuals to strike a new equilibrium between continuity and change, tradition and evolution, separateness and attachment. This balancing act requires each generation to find imaginative ways to grieve for what is being lost in order to cultivate what will be gained. Teens and young adults must mourn for the death of their childhoods in order to make the journey from adolescence to autonomy. Parents must mourn for the death of their influence over and relevance to their children in preparation for claiming or reclaiming sources of meaning and purpose in their lives in addition to parenthood.

Healthy grieving of this sort allows all family members to uncover the buried core of their being and become more engaged and enchanted. As a result, they experience enhanced self-awareness and self-assuredness, a deepened capacity to connect with and accept others, along with themselves, and a new way of inhabiting, and making sense of, the world. Clinicians who are invited to participate in the family's evolutionary enterprise will, if they are attuned and attentive, be privileged to undergo a similar transformation.

This course will utilize a multi-modal approach including lecture, discussion, structured exercises, case studies, role-playing, and the presentation of music, artwork, poetry, and video and film clips, to conceptualize a humanistic approach to the treatment of adolescents, young adults and their families. It will reveal, rather than conceal, the complexity of this dramatic life-passage such that clinicians can better strategize and intervene with creativity and compassion when the undertow of developmental turbulence carries families into therapy. Throughout the week, participant-therapists' personal history and counter-transferential responses will be explored so as to assist in augmenting their empathy, understanding and clinical efficacy and maneuverability. The workshop will be of value to clinicians at all levels of expertise, and attendees will be encouraged to share their most challenging cases for the purposes of group discussion and support.

Monday
Who Do You Think You Are?
Mapping the Interior Landscape of Adolescents, Young Adults and Their Families

Tuesday
Dancing to the Music of Time
On the Metamorphosis of the Family System at the Threshold of Adolescence and Early Adulthood

Wednesday
The Reluctant Embrace
Towards a Framework for Treating Emotional and Behavioral Problems During Adolescence and Young Adulthood

Thursday
Emptying the Nest, Building a Net
Guiding Parents and Their Families Toward the Frontiers of Individual and Relational Growth 

Friday
The Good Enough Therapist
Embracing Futility, Failure and Forgiveness in the Consultation Room

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