TAY is a term that refers to Transitional Aged Youth, generally defined as the range between 18 and 24 years old. In giving an overview of working with TAY who struggle with symptoms of complex trauma and dissociation, I will start with some background on why TAY should be considered as a distinct developmental group with unique needs and concerns.
TAY exist in a space of no longer being children but new at the demands of adulthood. Clinicians often consider them a difficult group to work with, in part, because they are navigating multiple life challenges which may intersect with race, economics, orientation and gender identity. In my experience, TAY can be an extremely rewarding age range to work with.
The most complicated TAY clients are often not interested in traditional sit-down therapy with the normal constraints of a weekly 50 minute session. They demand that we become masters of engagement.
So, how do we reach them? Connecting with TAY requires being fiercely in touch with our own unique vulnerabilities while being comfortable with them. We have to be prepared to encounter what may be unfamiliar to us and admit that we don't have the answers all of the time.
In the second half, there will be specific attention placed on working with TAY LGBTQQIT-S. We will discuss the history and complexity of gender and sexual identities within TAY as well as how to address unique issues and concerns.
List three reasons why TAY who are dissociative are often misdiagnosed.
List three factors that contribute towards LGBTQ TAY potentially being exposed to higher risks.
State what parts of the brain are still growing during the TAY age range and how that contributes to them having unique developmental needs.