Working With Wired & Mired Gen-Z Women: Therapeutic Understanding Across the Generational Divide

This On Demand Webinar is 6 hours. Access information, resources and CEU information will be available immediately after completed registration and registrants will be given unlimited access to the recording for a full year.

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If you came of age before social media and smartphones were ubiquitous… before polar icecaps started melting… before going to college resulted in piles of debt… before adequate housing became scarce and unaffordable… and before reproductive freedom was threatened… you might not even be able to imagine how extraordinarily challenging the transition to adulthood may be for gen-z girls and women. And of course, we are all living in a different world: how can any of us imagine the disruptive developmental impact of an unending global pandemic?

Young women face particular obstacles associated with their gender: they report unprecedented levels of anxiety and depression in the context of sexual and social injustice, peril in the present, and uncertainty about the future. At the same time, many have found remarkable opportunities for identity exploration and expression both online and in real life (IRL). Indeed, for some of our more privileged younger clients, it can be paralyzing to have so many possible paths to choose from. It seems clear that, for many young women, “adulting” is just harder than it’s ever been.

Counseling can be derailed by our mistaken assumptions about emerging adult identity and development at this time in history; we can be more effective when we try and understand more about their lives now—and give up the illusion that we can imagine how it will all turn out. As a general cohort, gen z girls enjoy being in therapy—they know that they want it and it’s evident that many need it. In this workshop, we’ll engage in lively dialogue, discuss cases, and talk about best strategies for supporting these wired and mired young women in therapy.

At the conclusion of this workshop, attendees will be better able to:

  • Describe the problem of living with too much information—the “tyranny of choice:”
  • Discuss strategies that demonstrate patience and curiosity about the process of therapy with mired young women
  • Describe the React-Reflect-Respond model
  • Discuss how to increase comfort with identity conversations to include the role of therapist power and privilege
  • Identify the 3 causes of perfectionism in high functioning young adult clients and how to help them work through their challenges
  • Discuss why clients get stuck in the cycle of perfectionism and how to finally break it.

Martha StrausMartha Straus, PhD, is a professor in the Department of Clinical Psychology at Antioch University New England Graduate School in Keene, New Hampshire and part-time Lecturer in the Program of Professional Education at Smith College for Social Work. Straus is an international trainer, speaking on topics related to child, adolescent, and family development, attachment, trauma, and psychotherapy. She maintains a small private practice in Brattleboro, Vermont where she also provides supervision and consultation to individuals, schools, and social service agencies. She’s the author of numerous articles and seven books including most recently a co-authored third edition of The Lost Art of Listening: How Learning to Listen Can Improve Relationships (2021); Cool, Calm, and Connected: A Workbook for Parents and Children to Co-regulate, Manage Big Emotions & Build Stronger Bonds (2021); and Treating Trauma in Adolescents: Development, Attachment, and the Therapeutic Relationship (2017). Her resource on treating young women, Adolescent girls in crisis: Intervention and hope, was published by WW Norton in 2007.

Margaret Wehrenberg


Margaret Wehrenberg, PsyD, a licensed clinical psychologist, is the author of 8 books on the treatment of anxiety and depression, including the best-selling, The 10 Best-Ever Anxiety Management Techniques and its accompanying workbook.  An expert on the treatment of anxiety and depression, she also has extensive training and expertise in the neurobiology of psychological disorders. In addition to clinical work, she coaches business professionals on managing anxiety and contributes articles for The Psychotherapy Networker magazine. She has produced audio soundtracks available on her website for breathing, muscle relaxation and imagery. Margaret blogs on depression for Psychology Today.

Time Topic Covered
10:00 am – 11:35 am
  • Gen Z girls: Developmental challenges
  • Therapeutic stance of curiosity and cultural humility
  • The tyranny of choice
  • Listening and distraction/tech
  • Therapy and loneliness
  • Caring adults and coregulation of emotionality
11:35 am – 11:45 am
  • Discussion with Margaret Wehrenberg
11:45 am – 12:00 pm
  • Q&A
12:00 pm – 12:45 pm
  • Lunch Break
12:45 pm – 2:15pm
  • the importance of effective dependence for mental health
  • intersectionality and identity development
2:15 pm – 2:30 pm
  • Discussion with Margaret Wehrenberg
2:30 pm – 2:45 pm
  • Q&A
2:45 pm – 3:00 pm 
  • Break
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
  • the 4 Ms of effective practice
  • the React-Reflect-Respond model
  • getting hooked and unhooked
4:30 pm – 5:00pm
  • Discussion with Margaret Wehrenberg and Participants

This training offers 6 hours of direct contact (not counting breaks or lunch). It is the participant’s responsibility to check with their individual state boards/regulatory body to verify CE requirements for their license to practice.

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Course launch date: 9/30/2022

Next course review/expire date: 9/30/2025

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This training is aimed at all mental health professionals, including:

  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Clinical and Counselling Psychologists
  • Psychiatric Social Workers
  • Pastoral Counsellors
  • Psychotherapists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Physicians
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Counsellors
  • Graduate Students in Accredited Programs in the Above Fields
  • case managers
  • licensed professional counsellors
  • all other professionals who would like to develop, update or expand their skills and knowledge in mental health practices

This course is an intermediate-advanced level.