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Failure to Launch

Counselling Strategies to Support, Motivate and Transition Adolescents and Young Adults

Presented by Randy Paterson, Ph.D.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017 – Tuesday, October 17, 2017  |  Webinar

Date & Location

Tuesday, October 3, 2017 – Tuesday, October 17, 2017


Each session will be made available at 11:00am PST on the scheduled dates:

  • Tuesday, October 3, 2017
  • Tuesday, October 10, 2017
  • Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Recordings are available after each session’s air date and times. Participants can watch, pause and re-watch the sessions at their convenience.

Access expires on October 31, 2017.

Extensions will not be granted.

Workshop Description

Parents who formerly worried about “empty nest syndrome” might today worry more that their children will never leave home. In countries around the world, increasing numbers of young people – particularly males – are having difficulty navigating the transition from adolescence to adult self-sufficiency. They remain isolated, avoidant, jobless or underemployed, and a-motivational – often staying in their childhood home into their 30s. The causes are numerous: economics, internet connectivity, changes in parenting, features of the educational system, and more. Yet the issue is infrequently studied, perhaps because it does not fit neatly into a diagnostic category. Despite this, clinicians are increasingly seeing these individuals – or their parents – in therapy. At Changeways Clinic in Vancouver, Dr Randy Paterson has been working with failure-to-launch cases for over 20 years. In this three-session webinar, he reviews the nature of the problem, the factors that seem to contribute, and a wide variety of interventions drawn from cognitive therapy, behavioural activation approaches, and attachment theory. Whether you work with these young people directly, or see the parents struggling with a too-long-occupied nest, this program will provide you with perspectives and techniques to help.


Online Course Format

  • 3 Week Online Training – presented by Randy Paterson, Ph.D.
  • 2 hours per session, 3 sessions
  • 6 CEUs
  • Each session will consist of 2 hours of teaching content
  • Interactive – All students can email queries to Dr. Paterson based on the content; once a week a digest of the most pertinent questions will be group-emailed to all participants. Questions that are less generally-applicable will be answered individually.
  • Recordings Available – Sessions will be pre-recorded and available for participants to access after the live date. All recordings will be available until two weeks after the online course is complete.


Workshop Topics:

Agenda & Learning Objectives

Week 1: The HomeBody Plague

  • Who are we talking about? Defining our scope
  • Why staying at home can be fine – and not our concern
  • Epidemiology of the problem
  • Cross-cultural comparisons
  • Characteristics of the population
  • Diagnostic near-misses
  • Economic and cultural risk factors
  • The role of the educational system
  • Parenting styles and the cultivation of avoidance

Week 2: Overcoming Life Paralysis

  • De-triangulating from referral sources
  • Identifying the client’s personal goals and ideals
  • Coping with grandiosity and inadequacy
  • Identifying and filling skill deficits
  • Assessing readiness for change
  • Working at the client’s pace
  • Goal-setting and emotional support
  • Anxiety management and tolerance
  • Mourning and releasing childhood
  • In vivo exposures and excursions

Week 3: The Stuck Family

  • How and why families can sabotage progress
  • Incorporating family in independence
  • A look at the family system
  • When parents are the identified clients
  • Welcoming the adult – and losing one’s child
  • Parenting to avoid the problem

Learning Objectives

  • Learn to identify this non-diagnostic clinic population, and to distinguish normal dependency from an interruption in development.
  • Develop an awareness of the multiple factors likely to be operating in any given case.
  • Know strategies for siding with the client and increasing motivation.
  • Understand when to hold back and when to push progress.
  • Develop an array of intervention strategies that can be tailored to the individual.
  • Learn how to incorporate family in the therapy – even when the goal is independence.
  • Increase awareness of how and why families inadvertently sabotage progress.

Continuing Education Credits

This workshop has been formally approved by the following associations:
  • Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation (CACCF)
  • Canadian College of Professional Counsellors and Psychotherapists (CCPCP)
  • Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA)
  • Canadian Professional Counsellors Association (CPCA)
  • Canadian Psychological Association (CPA)
  • Canadian Vocational Rehabilitation Association (VRA)
  • Employee Assistance Certification Commission (EACC)
  • Indigenous Certification Board of Canada (ICBOC)
  • Medical Psychotherapy Association Canada (MDPAC)
  • Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists (OACCPP)
  • Ontario Expressive Arts Therapy Association (OEATA)

† The Alberta College of Social Workers (ACSW) and the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Social Workers (NLASW) accept CPA-approved CEUs.

* Participants will receive a certificate of completion after every workshop. Workshops are pre-approved for 5.5 or 6 credits per day unless otherwise specified.

Your Presenter(s)

Randy Paterson, Ph.D.

Randy Paterson, Ph.D, R.Psych. is the founder and owner of Changeways Clinic, one of Vancouver’s largest psychotherapy services. He has treated individuals experiencing difficulty at the transition to adulthood for over 20 years, and has lectured on the phenomenon in public presentations. Dr Paterson has presented numerous educational programs over the past 25 years on subjects ranging from diversity awareness to depression treatment to psychotherapy process. One of his primary interests is the intersection of existential and cognitive behavioural approaches to therapy. His research publications include papers on depression, stress, anxiety, attention, and attachment theory. He is the author of Private Practice Made Simple, How to be Miserable: 40 Strategies You Already Use, The Assertiveness Workbook, and Your Depression Map.


More information: http://www.changeways.com/aboutus/staff/drpaterson/drpaterson.html

Who Should Attend

Clinical Professionals: All mental health professionals including, but not limited to Clinical Counsellors, Psychologists, Psychotherapists, Social Workers, Nurses, Occupational Therapists, Hospice and Palliative Care Workers, Youth Workers, Mental Health Workers, Addiction Specialists, Probation Officers, Police Officers, Speech Language Pathologists, Vocational Rehabilitation Consultants and all professionals looking to enhance their therapeutic skills.

Registration & Fees

Registration Early bird Fee Regular Fee
Individual Enrollment $199

All fees are in Canadian dollars ($CAD).

For group rates contact: registration@jackhirose.com

Fees do not include applicable taxes (5% GST).

Early bird cutoff date: October 3, 2017
To receive the early bird rate, registration and payment must be received by Tuesday, October 3, 2017.

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