Young adulthood is a time for significant transitions, especially in the parent-child relationship.
Young adults change from being a child in their family of origin to an adult in their families.
Parents and adult children, alike, must adjust to this new dynamic. Many young people push
away from home at this time, yet they still desire and need family connection. In fact, the
disconnection young adults feel in their family relationships can contribute to the loneliness
and depression experienced by so many young people. This presentation will help clinicians
assist young adults to reflect on their families of origin and take ownership and responsibility
for their relationships in their families???or, said in today?۪s vernacular, this presentation will help
practitioners guide young people to start ???adulting? in their family relationships. Specifically,
clinicians will learn to help young adults discover how childhood memories have shaped them,
develop new insights about their parents, consider the impact of birth order on their own
development, understand family dynamics, communicate with their parents, and form their
own families when away from home. Several interventions to help young adults process their
developmental transition and strengthen relationships with their parents will be integrated into
the material. These interventions have been refined through the input and feedback of young
Presented by: Kelly Haer, Ph.D.
- Describe the developmental transition of young adults in their families of origin
- List three or more experiential interventions or discussion questions to help young people process their developmental transition from adolescence to young adulthood
- Apply three or more strategies to help young adults strengthen their relationships with their parents and other family members