Would've, Could've, Should've: Reflecting on Age Gap, Power, and IPV in Adolescent Relationships

Themes of recent songs by Taylor Swift and Demi Lovato demonstrate the wisdom they each now have as adults when reflecting on age-discrepant relationships as teenagers. Swift writes in Would’ve, Could’ve, Should’ve, “If you would've blinked then I would've, looked away at the first glance. If you tasted poison, you could've spit me out at the first chance. If I was some paint, did it splatter, on a promising grown man? And if I was a child, did it matter, if you got to wash your hands? All I used to do was pray, would've, could've, should've, if you'd never looked my way.” And Lovato writes...Read more in 29, “Finally twenty-nine, Seventeen would never cross my mind, Thought it was a teenage dream, a fantasy, But it was yours, it wasn't mine.” Research typically reflects greater prevalence of adult/teen relationships in low income populations, but social media responses to both of these songs reflects a more common experience in a variety of populations.

This presentation delves into the complex and multifaceted subject of age-discrepant relationships, power dynamics, and intimate partner violence (IPV) in adolescent relationships to shed light on the prevalence of adults dating teenagers, the potential harms, and how survivors of these relationships perceive them in adulthood. Additionally, the presentation provides essential clinical skills for therapists who work with survivors of IPV and specifically adults that have experienced age gap relationships during their teenage years. By understanding these dynamics and impacts, therapists can develop informed and tailored interventions that facilitate healing and growth for survivors of these relationships during their teenage years. Through empathetic and skillful therapeutic practices, therapists play a vital role in supporting survivors on their journey toward recovery and empowerment. Less...

Learning Objectives

  • After this presentation, learners will be able to identify 2 unique harms of adult/teen relationships.
  • Learners will be able to explain 3 perspectives that adult survivors have of their experiences.
  • Learners will be able to demonstrate how reconstructing clients narratives can assist in making sense of their past and fostering resilience.

Target Audience

This educational activity is intended for behavioral health professionals, including Psychologists, Social Workers, Counselors, and MFT's.

Learning Levels

  • Beginner, Intermediate

Wednesday, September 27, 2023

Live Interactive Webinar

09:00 AM EDT - 12:00 PM EDT

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CE Information - Earn 3 CE Credit Hours

CE Approvals

American Psychological Association
Council for Relationships is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Council for Relationships maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists
This program meets the requirements of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists. These CE credits may be applied toward AASECT certification and renewal of certification.

Council for Relationships # 11-111A.

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CFR is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists and other mental health professionals whose state licensing boards recognize CE credit provided by APA-approved sponsors. The following entities accept continuing education credits provided by APA-approved sponsors: The Pennsylvania State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Professional Counselors; the New Jersey State Board of Marriage and Family Examiners; the Delaware State Board of Professional Counselors of Mental Health and Chemical Dependency Professionals; the Delaware State Board of Social Work Examiners. Each professional is responsible for the individual requirements as stipulated by his/her licensing agency. Please contact your individual licensing board/regulatory agency to review continuing education requirements for licensure renewal. Please note: You must attend "live" (in real-time) to earn CE credits.

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