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"Adolescents need freedom to choose, but not so much freedom that they cannot, in fact, make a choice." - Erik Erikson

“Adolescents need freedom to choose, but not so much                   freedom that they cannot, in fact, make a choice.”                    – Erik Erikson

To arrange an appointment for individual and family sessions (sliding fee scale) for your teen call 860-486-3692

Teens are seen at the Humphrey Clinic with parental permission and an agreement to participate in periodic family sessions.  Typical issues include behavior problems at school or home, anxiety, risky decisions, depression, conflict with parents or siblings, peer problems, social anxiety, self-esteem or dealing with grief related to divorce, illness, or trauma. The Humphrey Clinic believes in supporting privacy for teens while linking them strongly with the adult caregivers in their lives.  This is done with individual and family sessions that support the development of strong self-esteem and positive communication/relationship skills, as teens learn to manage their intense emotions and define themselves among peers.   Parents are coached to manage their reactions to their teen’s behavior and thoughtfully seek a balance between providing structure and discipline while allowing their child to learn to find new limits as they grow.  Communication is built between the child and parent that allows for respectful negotiation and affirmation of family connections.

Healthy Social Skills Trends Child Research Brief, John S. & James McKnight Foundation

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High school youth trends:   Drug use adults NIDA 2012

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Confidentiality is honored for individual sessions with teens, balanced with parents’ legal right to stay informed about their child’s treatment.  Teens are encouraged to share important issues, fears, experiences with parents, and helped by clinicians to find ways to do this directly.  Parents are encouraged to be “receptive without reacting” to information from their teen and to engage in a dialogue that helps the teen to come to their own conclusions with productive use of parental influence.  Confidentiality does not apply in cases when any party has intent to harm themselves, harm another party or discloses the abuse of a minor.  In cases where there is risk of serious harm, clinicians will involve faculty supervisors and any resource that is needed to address the concern, including parent(s) and/or outside investigators as required.  Confidentiality is full explained at your initial meeting with your therapist.

Video Recording is used at the Humphrey Clinic to ensure that clinicians and supervisors have a clear picture of what is occurring in therapy for the purpose of optimal treatment and learning.  All parties must consent to the use of recording for supervision purposes.  Recordings that have not been designated to be saved for research purposes are destroyed after supervision occurs.  The recording process is fully explained as therapy is initiated, and any recordings designated for research must be consented to and agreed to in writing by all parties.  Parents must give permission for teens regarding recording.  Teens are also asked to give consent to recording, and the process is explained in the intake and first session.

Live Observation and Team Treatment At times faculty supervisors or a small group of clinical team members may watch sessions through one way mirrors to assist therapists with treatment planning, provide input or coach the therapist on their clinical work.  If you are involved in team treatment live observation sessions, you will be informed of this process.  This will be explained to you during the intake phone call, and again with your clinician during your first appointment.