Barriers and Pathways to Connecting with Adolescents

This 3-hour workshop provides adults who support youth with information on the common factors that undermine adult’s efforts to connect with adolescents, and explores ways to restore and maintain healthy relationships with them.

Workshop Objectives:

  • Understand the importance of a secure attachment relationship during the adolescent stage of development and its long-term outcomes;
  • Identify factors that may compromise connection and reduce adult influence, and strategies to address those issues;
  • Learn practical tools to help families repair, restore and maintain healthy relationships.

Dates offered: Monday, January 11 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
                         Thursday, April 15th from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Cost: No Cost
: Kristine Pau and Jose Diaz


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Kristine Pau is a clinician with the Family Therapy Services Program at New Directions.  She has a Bachelor of Science from the University of the Philippines and a Master of Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Winnipeg.  Kristine uses an Attachment and Trauma-informed approach in her work with individuals, couples and families.  She has taught and supervises graduate students from the University of Winnipeg.

Jose Diaz is a clinician with the Family Therapy Services Program for New Directions for Children, Youth, Adults and Families in Winnipeg. He completed a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Winnipeg and received his Master of Social Work from the University of Manitoba. Originally from El Salvador, Jose is fluent in English and Spanish. In his work he uses a trauma informed, person-centered approach and strives to make every person with whom he works feel respected, understood, and supported.