Victoria, BC


May 29 2023


All Day

Understanding Adolescents from the Inside Out

Open to the Public.



Audience: Ideal for parents of teens/ adolescents, but also great for parents with kids in grades 4, 5 and 6 in preparation for what lies ahead.

Parenting during the ‘teen-years’ can be challenging, trying, and confusing. We entice, cajole, bribe, shout, but sometimes nothing seems to work. Many of us are scared; will our kids be like this forever? What can we do? Is there a way through?

This workshop will support participants in understanding adolescents from the inside-out. Although every adolescent is an individual, there are some common dynamics that affect all adolescents. Understanding what these dynamics are can provide the keys for knowing how to deal with the problems that may arise. We will examine the construct of counterwill, exploring the topic of teen resistance – where it comes from, what its purpose is and how we can recognize when rebellion is healthy or a result of adults being replaced by peers. We will look to ways that we can come alongside our teens to make more room for their thoughts, ideas, values and preferences as they more fully come to discover themselves.

Participants will learn strategies for building relationships with teens as well as how we can protect and maintain those relationships during challenging times. We will look at how we can use the extraordinary power of relationship to help us to build a ‘village’ of support for the adolescents we work with so that we may come together to support them on their journey to maturity.

Join Hannah for a warm and conversational workshop exploring practical strategies we can use to support our youth to stay connected to us, thrive, and become their best-selves.

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