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Familial and Cultural Influences on Young Adulthood (interactive seminar)

October 8 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm PDT

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By Invitation Only
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Young adulthood is a challenging time for many that can be made either easier or more difficult due to familial and cultural factors. Some family cultural practices promote independence and others foster interfamilial interdependence or dependence. At this time, the COVID-19 pandemic provides a new cultural context that can intensify the impact of familial and cultural influences on young adult lives, especially when these adults are living with their parents during the pandemic. At the same time, the presence of young adults in a household can be a net negative or net positive for parents and other adults present in the home. Today’s Leading Edge Seminar explores the intergenerational and cultural factors that affect multigenerational families living in the same household with a special focus on their implications for young adults and their parents. Relevant interventions drawn from family therapy will be discussed.


  • DESCRIBE two different cultural examples of the impact of families on young adult development.
  • IDENTIFY one family therapy intervention that can be implemented during Covid-19 teletherapy.

REFERENCES [Readings can be found in pdf form via search in]

Guessoum, S. B., Lachal, J., Radjack, R., Carretier, E., Minassian, S., Benoit, L., & Moro, M. R. (2020). Adolescent psychiatric disorders during the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown. Psychiatry research291, 113264.

Lebowitz E. R. (2016). “Failure to Launch”: Shaping intervention for highly dependent adult children. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry55(2), 89–90.

Stjerneklar S., Hougaard E., McLellan L.F., Thastum M. (2019) A randomized controlled trial examining the efficacy of an internet-based cognitive behavioral therapy program for adolescents with anxiety disorders. PLOS ONE 14(9): e0222485.


Free to invitees of CTOC

Christine A. Padesky, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist and Co-Founder of the Center for Cognitive Therapy in Huntington Beach, California. She has presented over 500 workshops to more than  50,000 professionals throughout the world as well as 25 workshops with cognitive therapy’s founder, Aaron T. Beck, M.D. Dr. Padesky is a Distinguished Founding Fellow of the Academy of  Cognitive Therapy. In 2002, the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) named Dr. Padesky the “Most Influential International Cognitive-Behavioural  Therapist.” In 2003 she received recognition for her Distinguished Contribution to Psychology from the California Psychological Association. In 2007 the Academy of Cognitive Therapy honored  her with its Aaron T. Beck Award for enduring contributions to the field. In 2017 she was named an Honorary Fellow of the BABCP.

The Center for Cognitive Therapy does not receive any commercial support for its programs and does not accept any funding that could create a conflict of interest. The content of our programs and any recommendations we make are based on the available research and on clinical experience.

Christine Padesky, PhD, and organizers for this educational activity disclose that they have no relevant financial relationships with commercial interests.

Center for Cognitive Therapy / Huntington Beach CA /

The Center for Cognitive Therapy is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Center for Cognitive Therapy maintains responsibility for this program and its content.




October 8
11:00 am - 12:30 pm PDT
By Invitation Only
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