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First Friday Forum: When Rebellion Becomes a Revolution: Empowering Parents of Oppositional Teens
Metropolitan State University, St. Paul Campus – Founders Hall Auditorium
700 E 7th Street
St. Paul, MN 55106
Friday, March 06, 2020, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM CDT
Category: First Friday Forums

When Rebellion Becomes a Revolution: Empowering Parents of Oppositional Teens

Friday, March 6, 2020

Registration: 8:30 - 9:00 a.m.
Program: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Friday Forums are cosponsored with the Metropolitan State University Psychology Department.

About the Program

A small number of clinicians receive extensive training in parent behavioral training for younger children, and an even smaller number of clinicians are trained in how to adapt a parent management training protocol when working with parents of oppositional adolescents.  The aim of this presentation is to provide clinicians with an evidence-based system of empowering such parents this behavioral management skills, thereby reducing externalizing behavior and improving overall adolescent functioning.  The presentation will be broken down into three phases.  First, Dr. Marzouk will discuss how to differentiate typical adolescent defiance and rebellion versus clinically significant oppositional behavior.  He will then share his thoughts on how to gain parental buy in, as many parents of oppositional teens present to therapy with a significant, and understandable sense of hopelessness.  Finally, he will spend the majority of time discussing specific parent behavioral strategies for oppositional teens and best practices for teaching such strategies to parents.

This session is at the introductory level and is designed for psychologists and other mental health professionals.

This session qualifies for 3.0 continuing education credits. You must attend the full 3-hour program to get continuing education credit for the event.

Participants will be able to:

  1. Apply principles of parent management training to help decrease oppositional and defiant behavior in adolescents.
  2. Recognize the difference between developmentally appropriate defiance and clinically significant defiance during adolescence.
  3. Obtain an understanding and awareness for the research supporting the use of contingency-management and other behavioral strategies in working with oppositional adolescents.

About the Presenter:

Sam Marzouk, Ph.D., LP, received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Tulsa and completed his predoctoral internship at the Boys Town Center for Behavioral Health.  While there, he worked with defiant and aggressive adolescents, many of whom were referred to Boys Town from the juvenile justice system.  He gained extensive training and clinical experience in working with adolescents with externalizing behaviors.  He also frequently consulted with Boys Town program staff on evidence-based practices for managing challenging adolescent behaviors.  Sam completed his postdoctoral fellowship at Children's Minnesota in September, 2019.  He is currently the owner of Promethean Psychology LLC in Edina, Minnesota where he specializes in working with adolescent males.

The speaker has indicated they do not have any conflicts of interest.

The Minnesota Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Minnesota Psychological Association maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

ACCESSIBILITY ACCOMMODATIONS:  If you need disability related accommodations, including parking, to make this event accessible, please contact the Metropolitan State University Center for Accessibility Resources, 651-793-1549, or [email protected]

To Register:

Online registration is now closed. Walk-ups are welcome onsite.

Click here to view and download a PDF registration flyer.

Walk-up registrations are welcome the day of, but pre-registration is preferred.

Pricing MPA Member Non-Member Student
Early Bird Registration - Register by February 28 $45 $65 $15
Regular Registration - Register after February 28 $55 $75 $25


Refund/Cancellation Policy: A 100% refund will be made if the event is cancelled. Refunds, less a $5 handling fee, will be given if a written cancellation is received at least two working days before the scheduled program begins. Transfer of fee to another program is granted if written cancellation notice is received at least one day before the program. No refund or transfer is given the day of the program.

Diversity Statement

The Minnesota Psychological Association actively encourages the participation of all psychologists regardless of age, creed, race, ethnic background, gender, socio-economic status, region of residence, physical or mental status, political beliefs, religious or spiritual affiliation, and sexual or affectional orientation.Although we are an organization of individuals from diverse cultures and backgrounds, the Minnesota Psychological Association also recognizes our core unifying identities as Psychologists who practice in America. We also recognize that we may hold unintentional attitudes and beliefs that influence our perceptions of and interactions with others. Within this context of unity and self-exploration, we are committed to increasing our sensitivity to all aspects of diversity as well as our knowledge and appreciation of the unique qualities of different cultures and backgrounds.We aspire to becoming alert to aspects of diversity, previously unseen or unacknowledged in our culture. In this spirit, we are committed to collaborating with multicultural groups to combat racism and other forms of prejudice as we seek to promote diversity in our society. To this end, we are dedicated to increasing our multicultural competencies and effectiveness as educators, researchers, administrators, policy makers, and practitioners.