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The Battle of the Generations, our favorite “versus” game – Boomers, Millennials, Gen X, Gen Z, and even the newest Gen “Alpha” – each comes with common and unique perspectives and beliefs about how the world works (or should work). Oftentimes, these beliefs and identities clash, and if you’ve ever been to Grandma’s or Auntie’s house for Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner, you have undoubtedly seen or felt them clash HARD. So, it’s no surprise that these generational conflicts, issues, and differences come up in counseling. What are YOU doing for yourself and your clients to better navigate these increasingly treacherous waters?

Each generation brings its own set of values, beliefs, and norms to the counseling relationship. Understanding these differences is crucial for effective therapeutic communication and collaboration. These generational variations impact how individuals approach problem-solving, decision-making, and even leisure activities. Recognizing and appreciating these diverse perspectives can foster empathy across generations and lead to more inclusive environments where everyone feels valued and understood. The training will delve into ethical considerations related to intergenerational counseling. Participants will examine ways to ensure client autonomy and avoid imposing their own generational biases on therapeutic processes. Moreover, they will gain insights into how generational differences can impact power dynamics within the therapeutic relationship. This enhanced understanding of intergenerational communication will enable therapists to provide more effective and inclusive care for their clients from different generations.


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  • 9:00am – 9:15am: Ethics of addressing generations in your therapy practice.
  • 9:15am – 9:45am: Dive into the concept of generations and how they can shape therapy outcomes.
  • 9:45am – 10:15am: Discuss recent research in cross-generational therapy
  • 10:15am – 10:30am: 15-minute break
  • 10:30am – 11:00am: Evaluate your own practices
  • 11:00am – 11:30am: Therapeutic Alliance and apply Solutions Focused Brief Therapy to your practice.
  • 11:30am – 12:00pm: Strategies for managing unconscious bias and reducing inferential bias



This training will provide participants clinical knowledge and tools to:

a). Identify cultural differences between generations and how they might impact therapy.

b). Learn and understand research implications of cross-generational therapy.

c). Evaluate clinician’s own practice working cross-generationally and identify growing edges.


Target Audience:

Mental health counselors, psychologists, social workers, drug and alcohol counselors, marriage and family therapists, telehealth treatment professionals, and other clinical mental health professionals.


Instructional Level: Intermediate

Instructor(s): Dawn Friedman, MSEd, LPCC-S

Material Author(s): Dawn Friedman, MSEd, LPCC-S

Dawn Friedman MSEd is a therapist in private practice; a lecturer at the Ohio State University in the Human Development and Family Studies department; and the founder of, a virtual education and support program for parents of anxious children. Dawn received her masters in community mental health counseling at the University of Dayton and has her post-graduate certificate in Infant and Toddler Mental Health through Arcadia University. In Portland, Oregon, Dawn founded the Safe to Grow program at the YWCA Women’s Resource Center, a shelter serving women and children escaping domestic violence, and taught parenting classes for the Oregon State Extension Service. Her writing appears in several books including Joanne Bombarger’s Mother’s of Intention (Bright Sky Press, 2011), Rebecca Walker’s anthology One Big Happy Family (Riverhead Press, 2009), Mothering and Blogging (Demeter Press, 2009) edited by May Friedman & Shana L. Calixte and the textbooks Child Adoption: Issues and Perspectives (Icfai University Press, 2009) and Mixed Heritage (Greenhaven Press, 2009). She has appeared on New Hampshire Public Radio’s Word of Mouth, on Q with Jian Ghomeshi, on Dawn Davenport’s Creating a Family, and also consulted on a This American Life episode about open adoption. She has presented at the Columbus Society for Clinical Social Work and Ohio State Counseling and Consultation; the 2011 Open Adoption Symposium in Richmond, VA; the American Adoption Congress annual conferences; the 2nd International Conference on Adoption and Culture; the Voices for Ohio’s Children Healthy Kids Conference; the Ohio Association for the Education of Young Children conference and several times for the All Ohio Counselors Conference and for the Central Ohio Counseling Association.

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