The Parallel Process

Growing Alongside Your Adolescent or Young Adult Child in Treatment
Narrated by: Sara K. Sheckells
Length: 5 hrs and 49 mins
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For many parents of troubled teenagers, a therapeutic program that takes the child from the home for a period of time offers some respite from the daily tumult of acting out, lies, and tension that has left the family under siege. However, just as the teenager is embarking on a journey of self-discovery, skill-development, and emotional maturation, so parents too need to use this time to recognize that their own patterns may have contributed to their family's downward spiral. This is The Parallel Process. Using case studies garnered from her many years as an adolescent and family therapist, Krissy Pozatek shows parents of preteens, adolescents, and young adults how they can help their children by attuning to emotions, setting limits, not rushing to their rescue, and allowing them to take responsibility for their actions, while recognizing their own patterns of emotional withdrawal, workaholism, and of surrendering their lives and personalities to parenting. The Parallel Process is an essential primer for all parents, whether of troubled teens or not, who are seeking to help the family stay and grow together as they negotiate the potentially difficult teenage years.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2011 Krissy Pozatek (P)2017 Lantern Books
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Good for parents that have not done much personal

This is a good book. I struggled a bit with it because I have done a lot of work on myself (therapy, etc.). I don't in any way shun accountabity for my contributions to our family system, but the families chosen as examples were not relatable for me. We did lots of attunement and boundary setting/holding. We tried to hold him accountable while having empathy. We've all had good therapists for awhile - and yet we still ended up 8n a place where sendingour son to wilderness therapy was the best option. I will continue doing all I can to discover and change my negative behaviors, and I think this book is generally worthwhile, but it will not likely be a revelation for those that have experience in therapy and personal growth.

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Very enlightening and empowering

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Very relatable and useful.
There is a reason you are seeking a book like this and it fulfills your needs

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The best book ever

I’ve read hundred books about parenting and kids. But this one gave me the answers I was looking for. Emotional intelligence for both sides - kids AND parents. It helped me a lot to see us all as one team. Not focusing on kids only neglecting your own feelings.
Great stuff! Highly recommended

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Good information, terrible narration

Useful ideas about communication and parallel growth. Narrator was pedantic and almost stopped me from finishing the book.

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A must read if you have kids!

A rare book that will change your life for the better and the lives of your kids that you love so much!

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A must read

This was the best parenting book I’ve read. I do not have a child in camp, but I still got so much out of this that has already improved my relationship with my teen.

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Don't read this book!

Parent's of kids in therapy programs are already stressed and down enough. We realize we have our own work to do but this book is a total downer. I found Not By Chance to be a much better and constructive book.