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Ending the Parent-Teen Control Battle: A Novel Family Therapy Approach

  • Friday, April 20, 2018
  • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
  • Palo Alto Medical Foundation, 795 El Camino Real, Palo Alto


  • $10.00 attendance
    $10 per CEU (1.5 CEUS)

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Mid-Peninsula District

Presenter: Neil Brown, LCSW

Description: Working with parents and teens in a family therapy model is a common challenge for many therapists trying to find that balance between parental mandates and the need for teen independence. The Ending the Parent Teen Control Battle Model is a therapeutic approach that takes the therapist out of the awkward middle and invites the family to change the pattern that supports the problem. The model builds off of Structural Family Therapy as well as Brief Therapy and is applicable to Family Therapy with children and couples as well as with families in the teen years.


  1. Understand that adolescent issues brought into counseling live in repeating patterns of interaction within the family.
  2. Understand the concept of the Control Battle as an entity.
  3. Identify active and overt control battles as well as passive less obvious control battles.
  4. Learn skills to move families out of control battles to healthy empowered positions.
  5. Identify applications of the model in family and couples therapy.

    About the Presenter: 

    Neil Brown LCSW is a psychotherapist, teacher, and writer. He has written a book entitled "Ending the Parent Teen Control Battle."

    Neil's psychotherapy practice is in Santa Cruz. He provides direct services to families, couples and individuals presenting a full range of mental health and behavioral issues. He specializes in child and adolescent development and systemic therapies for families and couples.


    The meeting room is on the third floor next to the cafe with free parking below the building. Take the Main Elevator. Meeting time is 12-2:00 PM with the first 15 minutes reserved for signing in and networking. The presentation starts at 12:15 PM following announcements. 

    CEU INFORMATION: 1.5 CEUs will be offered for LCSWs - members earn credits at no cost. Non-members are charged $10 admission and an additional $15 for CEUs ($25)


    Virginia Frederick | ginnyfred@aol.com 
    Joan Burman | berman.joan@gmail.com

    All clinical disciplines are welcome. ASWs, AMFTs, and APCCs with the approval of your supervisors, can use these educational credits toward your hours. To register and to sign up for membership or for more information contact info@clinicalsocialworksociety.org or Call 650-460-9210.

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