Understanding Adolescents: Using Attachment to Support Adolescents Development

This 3-hour workshop provides information on the developmental processes adolescents experience and the significant function relationship plays to support optimal outcomes in adulthood.

In this workshop workers will learn about:


  • The physiological changes during adolescence and insight into why teenagers behave in impulsive ways.
  • The importance of the parent-teen relationship in building resilience against trauma & everyday adversity.
  • How to support parents to build healthy communication in their relationship with their teenager.

Dates:  Thursday, January 28, 2021 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
             Thursday, April 22, 2021 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
             Thursday, April 22, 2021 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Cost: No Cost
Presenters: Kristine Paul 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.