Surviving the Teen Years: A Practical Adlerian Guide for Parents and Professionals

Presented by: Diane Snyder, MA

Saturday, May 21, 2011
10 AM to 12 noon
Bethel Park Library
5100 West Library Road, Bethel Park, 15102

The parent-teen relationship has the potential to be one of the most rewarding stages of parenting. Adolescence is an exciting time as teenagers move ever closer toward adulthood. However, many parents find the teen years to be the most trying times of all. Parents are often overwhelmed by the special challenges facing their teens today. Parents worry about drugs, sex, schoolwork, and violence. Parents can develop rewarding relationships with their teenagers, and can help teens become more cooperative, independent, and responsible members of the family. Professionals can play an important role in encouraging and supporting teens and their families as they navigate through adolescence and into adulthood.


  1. To identify mistaken goals of teen’s behavior.
  2. To communicate respect and encouragement.
  3. To use consequences to build responsibility.

Presenter: Diane Snyder, MA – Western Pennsylvania Society for Adlerian Psychology – Society President. Diane has a Master’s degree in counseling psychology and over 17 years experience as a family therapist. Diane is the former Executive Director of Outreach Teen and Family Services, a counseling agency serving teens and their families throughout Allegheny and Washington Counties. As a certified instructor with the state of Pennsylvania’s Early Learning Keys to Quality, Diane is identified by the state as an authority on developmental issues in young children. She has been a featured columnist for Mt. Lebanon magazine and in 2006, was named by Pittsburgh Magazine as one of the area’s “40 Under 40.” She is a doctoral candidate at Carlow University and a founding member of WPSAP.

About the Society: The Western Pennsylvania Society for Adlerian Psychology promotes the educational theories and practical techniques of Dr. Alfred Adler, a leading theorist in the field of mental health and the founder of child guidance centers. His theory of Individual Psychology promotes a holistic approach for each individual and is based on a model of growth. His teachings are applicable to parent/child relationships and counseling for families. This program is free to the community.

Continuing Education Credits:
Two (2) hours of Continuing Education will be awarded. WPSAP is an affiliate of The North American Society of Adlerian Psychology (NASAP). NASAP and NASW-PA, SW Division, as co-sponsors of this workshop maintain responsibility for all content. NASAP is recognized by the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) to offer continuing education for National Certified Counselors (NCC) and by the American Psychological Association (APA) to offer continuing education for psychologists. We adhere to NBCC and APA Continuing Education Guidelines. NASAP is also approved to sponsor continuing education for ACT 48 for educators in the state of Pennsylvania. This instructor is a PQAS certified instructor through the PA Early Learning Keys to Quality. Early childhood educators can receive 2 hours of continuing education credit. There is a nominal charge of $15.00 to process CEs for non-members of WPSAP and NASW-PA, SW Division.

Cancellation Policy: Should the event have to be cancelled WPSAP will send out emails to all in the WPSAP address book. If you are not on that list, please check with the Bethel Park Library the morning of the event. (412-835-2207). To insure an email contact, please send your email address to pawaltond[at]verizon[dot]net. Special needs requests should be directed to Diane Snyder at (412) 916-1509.

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