Tuning Into Teens

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Tuning Into Teens

Connect better with your teenager

Tuning Into Teens™ is a 2-hour programme run over six weeks, with a focus on emotions and is designed to support parents establish stronger relationships with their teenage children. The programme provides parents with a greater understanding of their teen’s developmental needs and emotional experiences, while teaching specific skills that can assist them in being supportive, empathic and connected with their teens.

Benefits for parents

  • Creates a greater understanding of teenage emotional experiences
  • Creates a greater understanding of teen developmental needs
  • Reduces points of tense and conflict within the family
  • Teens are more likely to talk to parents about the challenging issues they face
  • Improves parent’s emotional awareness, regulation and communication styles
  • Aims to prevent problems developing and enhance emotional wellbeing and behavioural functioning

Benefits for teens

  • Are more aware, assertive and strong in situations of peer pressure
  • Have greater success with making friends and are more able to manage conflict with peers
  • More able to cope when upset or angry
  • Have fewer mental health and substance abuse difficulties
  • Have more stable and satisfying relationship as adults
  • Increases teens emotional intelligence, which may be a better predictor of academic and career success than IQ

Course sessions

  • Session 1: The Foundations for Emotion Coaching and Bids for Connection
  • Session 2: Connecting and Emotional Acceptance and Adolescent Development
  • Session 3: Building Connection and Showing Empathy
  • Session 4: Emotion Coaching Fear and Understanding Anxiety
  • Session 5: Emotion Coaching Anger and Managing Rejection
  • Session 6: Emotion Coaching Now and in the Future

By learning these skills, conflict within the family is less likely to occur and teens are more likely to talk to their parents about the challenging issues they face. It further aims to improve parent’s emotional awareness, regulation and communication style, by providing them with an opportunity to reflect on their own emotion socialisation experience. Tuning Into Teens™ also aims to prevent problems developing and enhance emotional wellbeing and behavioural functioning.

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