Staying Cool, Calm, and Connected with our Teens… Even When we get Hooked!

Thursday, April 11 at 5:30 pm at the West Tisbury Library, the Martha’s Vineyard Youth Task Force presents a talk with Dr. Martha Straus, local psychologist, professor, and author. Dr. Straus will discuss how understanding the WHY of teen behaviors might not be as helpful as figuring out how to be less reactive and more compassionate as parents. Through presentation, discussion, and activities, Dr. Straus will guide us in reflecting on our own triggers, and offer strategies for staying regulated and present using our adult brain and tender heart, in turn, helping our children feel calmer and safer. This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments served.

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 small private practice in Brattleboro. Dr. Straus is an international trainer on topics related to child, adolescent, and family development, attachment, trauma, and therapy. She is the author of numerous articles and five books including, most recently, Treating trauma in adolescents: Development, attachment, and the therapeutic relationship.