Insight Treatment Hour – Building Trust for Teens

On this episode of Insight Treatment Hour, host Frederik Schulin brings Mervin Maier, Licensed Family and Marriage Therapist, to discuss his philosophies on the topic of teen trust.

Mervin opens up the show by giving some backstory on himself, his previous aspirations, and how they contributed to the career he has now. He discusses how the key for parents/guardians to develop a trusting relationship with their teen is to balance the teen’s independence with parental supervision. The relationship should not be entirely self-regulatory but rather, co-regulatory.

After the break, Frederik and Mervin go further into depth on the topic of Interpersonal Neurobiology- how the body, brain, and mind function in relationships. Mervin gives personal anecdotes on how teens that grow up with developmental trauma from caregivers build patterns of blocked trust, not opening themselves up emotionally. He also goes into detail on the model that the DDP gives for building trust. The model is named P.A.C.E. – Playfulness, Acceptance, Curiosity, and Empathy. The two provide examples on how each of these steps should be implemented.

Listen in as Frederik and Mervin discuss relationship building between teens and their caregivers on today’s episode of Insight Hour.

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