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Arrested Development


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How to help people in arrested development, displaying adolescent behaviors when they are no longer adolescents.

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Arrested Development

  1. 1. Arrested Development Helping People Stuck in Adolescent Behaviours
  2. 2. Adolescence is Healthy… For an Adolescent
  3. 3. Masks Behaviour is a search for attention, not approval An adolescent tries on multiple masks until one gets attention –
  4. 4. Evolutionary – Breakaway – Animal Kingdom – Daniel Yankelovich, “New Rules”
  5. 5. Common Adolescent Behaviours1 – Incredible Brain Development (Neuromaturity) – Shortly after puberty to 20’s – Great ability to learn (better “with” than “from”) – Pleasure from Risk, 2x Dopamine with Peers Present – The adolescent brain is a pleasure- seeking, risk-taking organ
  6. 6. Common Adolescent Behaviours2 – Limited Emotional Vocabulary – Anti-Dependency – Inability to Delay Gratification – Youth in Care: Trauma
  7. 7. Growing Behaviour Increase Emotional Vocabulary Model the behaviour you want to see, compliment the behaviour you want to grow. –
  8. 8. Tasks of Adolescence 1. Engagement 2. Values-Based Decision Making 3. Impulse Control 4. Social Capital
  9. 9. Reasons for Arrested Development – Trauma – Inconsistent Role Models – Lack of Guidance – Addictions/Compulsions – pFAS, FAS, FASDs, ARND and other Pre Natal alcohol exposure disorders – We ALL do what works…
  10. 10. Helping Someone with Arrested Development – Narrate a new story (Start with engagement, not rules) – Use Scaffolding 1. Help them articulate their values 2. Help them identify areas of mastery 3. Help them build social capital
  11. 11. Dr. Jerry Goebel, MBA, D.Min. – – – Regina, SK