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secondary teachers & leaders

Engaging Adolescents™ in High Schools

How do teachers, student advisors, and heads of departments build trust, foster safe independence and maintain open communication with young people in a busy school environment?

Psychologist and former teacher, Michael Hawton and his team, present Engaging Adolescents™ in High Schools. A practical workshop for modern Australian teachers, student advisors, and department heads on overcoming the challenges of engaging with adolescents to manage their challenging or uncooperative behaviour.

Michael, author of Engaging Adolescents™ which has sold over 10,000 copies worldwide since May 2017, shares his formula for building communication skills and clear boundaries.

This workshop provides the practical elements and skills for having tricky-to-hold, but necessary, conversations with young people. Student advisors and teachers will walk away with a renewed sense of confidence about the role they can play in teenagers’ lives, without conversations morphing into arguments or the student withdrawing.

Attendees will see video examples of both poorly conducted conversations and, by contrast, more effective conversations using a semi-rehearsed script. This course tackles the best strategies to make a positive difference in teenagers’ lives.


"This course gives time to allow thought, discussion and application in your own real settings/ situations so that the day is relevant to an educational setting."


Ogilvie High School

"Really relevant content that provides resources readily applicable in interaction with students. A clear framework for having tough conversations with students."

Chris Bowers

Kingston High School

"This is the professional development that all beginning teachers should do to confidently deal with students and parents. It’s not just for school leaders, but for all teachers to get the best out of their students."

Rachel Reaves

MacKillop College



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