Transdisciplinary Workshops, Inc.

PO Box 356

Yarmouth, Maine, 04096


Quality continuing education since 1995




Martha B. Strauss, PhD

Regency Hotel

Portland, Maine

Working with Traumatized Adolescents: How to Get Unhooked


March 2, 2018

  • Program Description

    To work with troubled and traumatized adolescents, it’s crucial for therapists to first foster their own capacity for self-awareness and self-regulation. It’s not easy, especially when our young clients’ extreme reactions—ranging from angry, agitated arousal to frozen shutting down—can trigger our own sense of frustration and helplessness. In this workshop, Dr. Straus will describe Developmental-Relational Therapy (DRT), an attachment-based model of adolescent trauma treatment. You will learn and practice mindful, empathic strategies that help teens feel more secure, connected, present, and regulated.

  • Objectives

    Through lecture, discussion, exercises and video clips, you’ll discover how to get unhooked from old enactments by exploring:

    • Specific adolescent attachment styles that interact with or trigger our own
    • The React, Reflect, and Respond approach to corrective relational experiences
    • Four M’s—mirroring, mentalizing, mindfulness, and modulation—to increase connection and mood regulation
    • How to use attunement—including strategies of validation, self-disclosure, and the compassionate sharing of adult feelings and opinions-—to bring traumatized teens back into relationships with themselves and with you.
  • Speaker Bio

    Martha B. Straus, PhD, is a professor in the Department of Clinical Psychology at Antioch University New England Graduate School in Keene, New Hampshire, and adjunct instructor in psychiatry at Dartmouth Medical School.

    She maintains a private practice in Brattleboro, Vermont, and consults internationally to schools, hospitals, community mental health centers, and social service agencies on child, adolescent, and family development, attachment, trauma, and therapy.

    Straus graduated with honors from Brown University and received her doctorate in clinical and community psychology from the University of Maryland. She completed her internship at the Yale Child Study Center, where she was a Zigler Fellow in Child Development and Social Policy.

    Straus’ postdoctoral years were spent in the department of psychiatry at Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. She’s the author of numerous articles and four books including most recently, Adolescent Girls in Crisis: Intervention and Hope, and the highly acclaimed No-Talk Therapy for Children and Adolescents. She lives in southern Vermont.

  • Workshop Details

    Date: Friday, March 2, 2018

    Time: 8:30 - 4:30 pm

    Location: Regency Hotel

    20 Milk Street, Portland, Maine, 04101


    Tuition: $175 Group rates available, contact for information

    Intended Audience: This workshop is appropriate for psychologists, social workers, counselors, nurses, teachers and therapists.

    Luncheon: Lunch is on your own.  A continental breakfast is provided as part of your registration fee.

    Audience Capacity: 100

    Additional Information: N/A


  • Registration Information

    Group Rates:

    • Contact us prior to registering for groups of 5 or more


    Purchase Orders:

    • Use the online registration form first for the participants you are registering for

    • Please e-mail or mail purchase order

    • All purchase orders include a $15 processing fee per invoice

    • Invoices not paid by 30 after the workshop date, will be subject to an additional $25 fee/person

    • Make sure to include an email address for the accounting department so that we can invoice you efficiently



    • Your registration is complete once you receive an e-mail from Transdisciplinary Workshops with your confirmation of payment

    • You will receive an e-mail with detailed information one week prior to the workshop.  Please be sure to give us the email you check most frequently.

    For additional information about registration, contact us at

  • CEU Information

    Continuing Education credit for this program is awarded by Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) for the following professions:

    Psychologists, Social Workers, Licensed Professional Counselors, Nurses



  • Cancellation Policy

    If you need to cancel your registration prior to the event, you will receive a credit towards any future workshop with us within 5 years.

    We must receive cancellation notice, credit will not be given if you do not cancel prior to the event.



Transdisciplinary Workshops, Inc.

PO Box 356

Yarmouth, Maine, 04096