Emerging Adulthood: Transformative Years

How does a child become an adult? What propels development from late adolescence to adulthood? In this program, we explore “becoming.” Jeffrey Arnett, PhD, gives us an overview about what he has termed the stage of “Emerging Adulthood.” Harry Bendicsen, LCSW, BCD, describes the deep and personal work that goes into what he has called, “The Transitional Self.” Maxine Wintre, PhD, reviews her research findings about what happens to families during these years, and Jesse Viner, MD, explains the neurological developments that take place as individuals move from adolescence into full adulthood.

This CE course is designated as intermediate.

Target audience:  Psychologists, mental health counselors, marriage and family therapists, addiction counselors, social workers, physicians, nurses, educators

You can access the audio to these interviews via your computer's MP3 player and/or read the text of the interviews.

Learning Objectives

Upon completing this program, participants should be able to:

  • Recognize the difference between adolescence and emerging adulthood.
  • Identify non-traditional ways of thinking about issues associated with the transition from late adolescence into adulthood.
  • Explain how the interdisciplinary processes called “regulation theory” aids in understanding the "Transitional Self.”
  • Discuss new theories addressing multi-dimensional aspects of the parent/child relationship in this stage of life.
  • Describe neurological developments which underlie the transition from late adolescence to adulthood.

Part 1: Overview - Interview with Jeffrey Arnett, PhD
Part 2: The Transformational Self - Interview with Harold Bendicsen, LCSW, BCD
Part 3: The New/Old Family - Interview with Maxine Wintre, PhD
Part 4: Neurobiological Changes - Interview with Jesse Viner, MD
Part 5: Bibliography
Part 6: Audio Version of Interviews
CE Test

Subject Matter Experts:

Jeffrey Jensen Arnett, PhD, is a research professor in the Department of Psychology at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. He has also taught at the University of Missouri. During 2005 he was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. He is the editor of the Journal of Adolescent Research and author of the book, Emerging Adulthood: The Winding Road from the Late Teens Through the Twenties, published in 2004 by Oxford University Press. He is also author of one of the most widely-used textbooks on adolescent development, entitled Adolescence and Emerging Adulthood: A Cultural Approach (2009, Prentice Hall, 4th Edition). He has appeared on television and frequently in print media, including a cover story in the New York Times Sunday Magazine in August, 2010. His new book is entitled, When Will My Grown Kid Grow Up? Loving and Understanding Your Emerging Adult. (Workman Publishing.)

Harold Bendicsen, LCSW, BCD, is a clinical social worker who maintains a private practice in Elmhurst, Illinois. He holds a certificate in Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy from the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis. He has held clinical, supervisory, and administrative positions in child welfare agencies, residential treatment centers, and social service agencies. He is Adjunct Professor at Loyola University Chicago School of Social Work and a member of the faculty of the Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training Program at the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis.

Dr. Maxine Wintre has been described by her students as very enthusiastic, funny, organized, knowing her material, and delivering informative, clear, and enjoyable lectures. She is professor of psychology at York University and conducts research on the transition from adolescence to adulthood. She has written, published, and presented at international conferences on aspects of this topic and has been the recipient of many awards and grants over the years. Among the different topics on emerging adulthood, Dr. Wintre has conducted many studies on students of divorced parents vs. students from intact families and their transition to university; plus studies of minority vs. majority students and their transition to university.

Jesse Viner, MD, founded Yellowbrick, a treatment center in Evanston, Illinois, in recognition of the specialized needs of emerging adults and their families, and the necessity for a treatment system that addressed the unique challenges of the transition into adulthood. In his program, Yellowbrick, Viner and his colleagues use their Developmental Neurobiology Model to offer an integrated treatment paradigm for treating emerging adults with substance abuse disorders. This treatment model is grounded in and guided by the latest research findings of the sociocultural, genetic, and neurobiological factors.

A recognized expert in the treatment of eating disorders, difficulties resulting from trauma and abuse, and bipolar disorder, Dr. Viner has three decades of experience applying the knowledge of psychiatry and psychoanalysis to the challenge of creating meaningful and pragmatically effective treatment programs.

Following his education at Yale, The Chicago Medical School, Northwestern University Medical School Psychiatry Residency and The Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis, Dr. Viner has served as Director of Adult Psychiatry Inpatient Services for Northwestern University Medical School; Medical Director of Four Winds Chicago, a private psychiatric healthcare system; and Director of University Behavioral Health, a group practice on the North Shore of Chicago. He is on the faculty of the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis, an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine and Rush Medical College, and on the faculty at The Family Institute at Northwestern University. Dr. Viner is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.


Barbara Alexander, LCSW, BCD,, is a graduate of the Smith College School for Social Work and the Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy Program of the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis. After working for 13 years in child psychiatric settings and 30 years in private practice, she is now founder and president of On Good Authority, and an expert interviewer.

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