Jennifer L. Tanner, PhD
A new developmental stage now falls between adolescence and adulthood as young people increasingly choose to delay commitments to careers, marriages and parenthood until their mid-twenties. Emerging adults, ages 18-29, face distinct developmental tasks which will lay the foundation of a healthy adulthood, and yet few treatment models exist for guiding them. Dr. Tanner will offer the most recent theoretical advances and developmental science to aid practitioners in distinguishing the mental health issues and challenges particular to the emerging adult client.
At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:
1. Describe historical shifts in the way young people become adult
2. Define “emerging adulthood”
3. Identify the distinguishing developmental characteristics of emerging adulthood
4. Explain the developmental tasks of emerging adulthood
5. Identify mental health issues distinct to the emerging adult age period
6. Discuss the intersection of developmental and clinical issues during emerging adulthood
Jennifer L. Tanner, Ph.D., CFLE, is a developmentalist, Certified Family Life Educator, a Visiting Research Assistant Professor at Rutgers University, and Vice-Chair of the Society for the Study of Emerging Adulthood. She is the co-editor of Emerging Adults in America and co-author of Debating Emerging Adulthood: Stage or Process.
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