Adolescence is an extremely challenging time in one’s life. Teens go through sudden and often dramatic changes in personality and behavior and have to navigate very a complex and challenging social landscape and increasing demands for independence.
This transitional period is a challenge for most teens and can be overwhelming for some. Changes in mood and behavior during this period are usually normal and adaptive. At times, however, the multitude of pressures that teens face can may be more severe and problematic. Teens may experience mood swings, increasing challenges in school, social conflicts, defiance and conflict with parents, risky or self-injurious behavior, substance abuse, or a variety of other problems that require specific supports and treatment.
The evaluation is designed to help adolescents and their parents better understand the their unique strengths and talents and identify areas that pose a specific challenge and to help them work most effectively toward their potential.
Adults may be facing specific challenges that are interfering with their work or life at home, such as attentional or memory problems, disorganization, problems with general problem-solving, social difficulties, or emotional challenges.
For some individuals the challenges may be more severe and significantly interfere with their ability to function. For others, the problems they face may be more subtle but nevertheless significantly prevent them from working or living to their potential.
In either case, the purpose of the evaluation is to specifically identify and describe these difficulties as well as to help the individual identify their unique strengths and talents. The focus is on providing information that will help them to improve their quality of life and more effectively achieve their goals.
Children are often referred because of struggles in school or at home due to social, learning, behavioral problems, emotional, or developmental challenges. Many children face a variety of challenges that can be overwhelming to both them and their parents. High achieving children may also be referred to help with specialized academic planning.
The purpose of an evaluation is not merely to provide a diagnosis or even to describe the problem but rather to look at the child from a neurological, behavioral, environmental, social, and developmental perspective and gather information that will help give parents a clearer understanding of their child’s particular strengths and individual challenges. This information is then used to develop strategies that will help them work toward their potential.read more
Groups and Workshops
Dr. Morton periodically presents workshops for parents of teenagers and for teenagers themselves. These workshops cover a variety of topics and are offered either in a series that spans several weeks or in single sessions. The next workshop entitled “Understanding Your Complex Teenager” begins in October. It is a 5 week group offered on Monday evenings from 6-7:30. Each week will include a presentation on a specific topic related to understanding the adolescents, the struggles they face, options for helping them, and strategies for effective parenting. The details are as follows:
Workshop Title: Understanding Your complex Teen
Presenter/Moderator: Christopher Morton, Psy.D.
Location: 48 Grove St. Suite 101 Somerville, MA (Davis Square)
Date and Time: Mondays 6-7:30 (Oct. 22nd, 29th, Nov. 5th, 12th, 19th, 2012)
Cost: $160 for Entire Program if paid before October 15, $185 thereafter
$40 for individual sessions.
Space is limited so please register early!
Please see attached brochure for more information:read more