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Engaging Adolescents


A comprehensive one-day training course that equips you with the knowledge to teach parents and carers skills to resolve their teenager’s behaviour problems.

Expected learning outcomes:

  • The ability to conduct the Engaging Adolescents program, as either a three-meeting parent education course or to teach the program one-to-one at your school.

  • Knowledge to teach parents about adolescent challenges and how to hold reasonable expectations of their adolescent.

  • Knowledge of easy-to-use techniques that parents and carers can use to enlist adolescents to manage their own behaviour and emotional reactions, to build a relationship with their teenager and strategies to deal with unacceptable behaviour.

What’s included:

  • A comprehensive manual to teach parents Engaging Adolescents™ in a few one-to-one sessions or in a three-meeting parent program.

  • Digital practitioner materials with a slideshow for parent presentations.

  • Session-by-session guidelines for parent meetings.

  • A certificate of completion.

  • A licence to teach the program for three years.

  • Lunch and refreshments.

Lesson Framework

  • The practitioner training course curriculum for working with parents.

  • The common ground shared by parents in Australia.

  • What are reasonable expectations to hold about adolescents?

  • New understandings of adolescence: social landscapes, brain snaps and body makeovers.

  • A three-option model and flowchart for decision-making to manage a teenager’s problem behaviour.

  • Option 1 – Self check for parents: how to bring awareness to family of origin issues, trauma issues and how to avoid over-reacting or becoming continuously angry with your teenager.

  • Option 2 – Build your relationship: How to strengthen the bond you have with your teenager and make the best of your non-crisis conversations.

  • Option 3 – Tough conversations: how to handle discussing those problems you can’t ignore. This includes how to figure out the problem, how to prepare for engaging your teenager in a tough conversation, and how to set-up agreements.

What people are saying…

“We’ve just completed an Engaging Adolescents course for parents. There were eight participants (primarily Dads) which was very heartening. It went really well and the material was easy to follow and present. We received encouraging feedback on the second night from a step dad … [who said] the course helped him keep his cool and brought a more favourable outcome. Thanks for the program. We will be running it again in the new year.”

Robyn Mitchell, Practitioner, Australia

“I found this course very informative – the information is vital to all parents! Michael is extremely qualified and explains the key concepts well in simple layman’s language. It’s a great course and I feel very fortunate to have come across it. It has reminded me that I do love my teenager, and not to take her attitude personally. I can’t wait to get home and get started.”

Parent, Australia

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Wembley, WA

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