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Digital Seminar

Teen Girls and Their Mothers

Tools for Regaining and Protecting Closeness

Hilary Truong, MA, LPC
2 Hours
Audio and Video
Mar 22, 2024
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Adolescence can put intense pressure on the mother-daughter dyad—and restoring and strengthening that important relationship is one of the most overlooked ways to help teen girls in therapy. Blame, shame, and feeling misunderstood often cause teen girls to lash out against their mothers, who then pull away, sometimes just to keep the peace, leaving daughters even more alone to struggle with growing up. As a therapist, having an understanding of how this powerful dyad works and ways to intervene can make all the difference for mothers and their daughters. In this workshop, you’ll learn: 

  • The critical role mothers and mother-figures play for teen girls, and how to effectively reach them in today’s world 
  • Specific techniques for working in therapy with common feelings of shame and blame among mothers and teen daughters, especially when they are in the room together 
  • How to focus on the most critical societal pressures facing teen girls, and help them resolve them together with their mothers 


Planning Committee Disclosure - No relevant relationships

All members of the PESI, Inc. planning committee have provided disclosures of financial relationships with ineligible organizations and any relevant non-financial relationships prior to planning content for this activity. None of the committee members had relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies or other potentially biasing relationships to disclose to learners.  For speaker disclosures, please see the faculty biography.


PESI Australia, in collaboration with PESI in the USA, offers quality online continuing professional development events from the leaders in the field at a standard recognized by professional associations including psychology, social work, occupational therapy, alcohol and drug professionals, counselling and psychotherapy. On completion of the training, a Professional Development Certificate is issued after the individual has answered and submitted a quiz and course evaluation. This program is worth 2 hours CPD for points calculation by your association.



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Hilary Truong, MA, LPC, a mother-daughter relationship expert and former therapist for teen girls, is a leading voice on keeping mothers and daughters in relationship.


Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Hilary Truong is the owner of Hilary Mae Co. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.

Non-financial: Hilary Truong is a contributing author with Psychotherapy Networker.

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  1. Identify the causes of breakdowns between mothers and teen daughters. 
  2. Apply learned techniques to use in therapy room with mothers and teen daughters. 
  3. Incorporate knowledge about the pressure and expectations on women and how this affects the mother-teen daughter relationship with a client. 


  • What causes breakdowns between mothers and teen daughters 
  • The unexpected downside of the selfless caregiving of mothers 
  • The link between the mother-daughter relationship and sexism and the unexpected impact across generations 
  • The role of emotional neglect of women in families and how it effects the mother-daughter relationship. 
  • Effectives for working with mothers and teen daughters in session 
  • The stages of the mother-daughter relationship 
  • What to do when the women you are working with have trouble expressing their needs 
  • Strategies for working with mothers and/or daughters who struggle to express their needs  
  • How societal pressure and expectations on women impact the mother-teen daughter relationship 
  • Limitations of the research     

Target Audience

  • Psychologists
  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Counsellors
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Addiction Counsellors
  • Social Workers

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