Mary Nord Cook – Out of Control Teens: A Skills-Based Approach That Breaks Through Family Dysfunction to Create Lasting Change

Mary Nord Cook – Out of Control Teens: A Skills-Based Approach That Breaks Through Family Dysfunction to Create Lasting Change

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Mary Nord Cook
6 Hours 2 Minutes
Audio and Video
Oct 09, 2018



Teens Know Everything! (And Other Challenges to Effective Treatment)

  • Brains under construction: Developmental mismatches
  • Do’s and Don’ts: Principles of parenting teens
  • Transforming teen behavior requires transforming parent behavior
  • Empirical evidence: Research, limitations and risks

Family Skill Building Essentials: 6 Treatment Components That Set the Stage for Therapeutic Success

Emotion Regulation: Cultivate Feelings Awareness Among Teens and Families

  • Body scanning
  • Feelings identification
  • Healthy expression and management of emotions

Empathy Building: Improve Parent-Teen Trust and Understanding

  • Empathy redefined
  • 15 “Empathy Busters” to avoid
  • Strategies that promote validation
    • ”Empathy Formulas”
    • ”Mirroring Stems”

Conflict Resolution: Guide Families with Win-Win Ways that Work

  • Problem-solving together
  • The “5 D’s” of conflict resolution
  • ”Everybody Wins” solutions

Behavior Contracts: Hook Teens into Compliance

  • Steps to foster teen “buy in”
  • Ways to track and reinforce positive behavior
  • Facilitate collaborative negotiation

Communication: Promote Healthy Parent-Teen Conversations

  • 4 Types of communication
  • What to avoid: 7 “Cooperation Busters”
  • Assertiveness Formula
  • 9 “Cooperation Builders”

Cognitive Restructuring: Change Unhelpful Thinking Patterns

  • Cognitive-Behavioral Triad
  • Help teens and families avoid common “Thinking Traps”
  • Critical thinking exercises to correct thinking errors


Mary Nord Cook, MD Related seminars and products: 2

Mary Nord Cook, MD, is a board certified child and adolescent psychiatrist. For the past 18 years, she has been developing and directly providing three psychosocial skills and parent training, multi-family workshops weekly.

Dr. Cook has authored and published two books detailing the evidence-based, standardized, skills-building treatment protocols used for both the school-aged and adolescent patient populations, titled Transforming Behavior: Training Parents & Kids Together and Transforming Teen Behavior: Parent Teen Protocols for Psychosocial Skills Training. Her passions are developing and applying family and strengths-based approaches, pursuant of a goal to minimize medication, while optimizing parenting and psychosocial skills. Her mantra is “More Skills =’s Less Pills!” Dr. Cook has received numerous awards for outstanding and innovative program development, leadership, teaching and mentorship. She frequently performs presentations in the community for school, primary care and youth outreach programs.

In July 2015, she assumed new roles as the chief executive officer and medical director for EMPOWER, a first of its kind, Non-Profit {501(3)(c)} Center of Excellence in Family Behavioral Health. She has been extensively involved in the training of medical students, psychology and social work graduate students, along with psychiatry residents. She recently won a resident nominated award for teaching excellence and has also been recognized by the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP), as an outstanding mentor. She specializes in working with families presenting with youth who’ve been diagnosed with disruptive behavior and mood disorders. Dr. Cook received her doctoral degree (Medicine) from Wayne State University, her General Psychiatry Residency at the Naval Medical Center, San Diego and her Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship training at the University of California, San Diego. From 1998-2005 she served in the United States Navy, including working as the sole child psychiatrist for six military bases and over 30 Department of Defense schools, across Japan for three years. From 2005-2015, she held the rank of associate professor of psychiatry at the Colorado School of Medicine while concurrently serving as the medical director for the Department of Psychiatry at CHCO.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Mary Nord Cook is CEO and Medical Director for EMPOWER. She is an author for Brookes Publishing and Elsevier Publishing and receives royalties. Dr. Nord Cook receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Mary Nord Cook is a member of the American Academy Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP).


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