Tuning into Teens course

This “Tuning into Teens” course which starts in February 2020 is ideal for parents with children aged 9-19 years.

This course is approved by the NHS and is one of the best courses for helping parents I have personally come across.  It is evidence-based and by the end of the course you should:

  • Have a better understanding of what “normal” adolescent behaviour is!
  • Have a reduction in family conflict
  • See a reduction in your children’s anxiety and challenging behaviour as well as an improvement in their mental health
  • Feel more connected and empathetic towards your child and the less reactive to their emotions
  • Have seen an improvement in the quality of family communication and relationships
  • Ensure your children feel that you really do listen to them
  • Have an improved awareness of your own emotional needs and well-being and how you can support yourself as you parent your children

The course focuses on helping parents become emotionally intelligent parents, better able to manage their own and their children’s emotions and behaviour which ultimately helps to improve and build stronger family relationships.

This course covers 6 sessions which run from 7 PM-8:45 PM in 2 week blocks on the following Tuesdays:

4 & 11 February

3 & 10 March

24 & 31 March

Each session is taken by Ruth who is a qualified facilitator and has an extensive knowledge of parenting and parenting challenges. Each session includes:

  • An opportunity to meet other parents in a warm, friendly, non-judgemental space.
  • Support and encouragement as you go through the course.
  • A total of 58 handouts by the end of the course
  • Refreshments!
  • Options for individual or ongoing support

The sessions:

Session 1: The foundations for emotional coaching teens

  • An introduction to the programme and emotional intelligence
  • An introduction to the concept and skills of emotional coaching
  • You begin to explore ways to connect with your teenager around emotion

Session 2: Connecting and emotional acceptance

  • Becoming more aware of your own and your teens’ emotions
  • Understanding emotions
  • Exploring types of emotion dismissing parenting and why we might have developed these parenting styles
  • Increasing your capacity for connecting with your teenager

Session 3: Building connection and showing empathy

  • You will continue to develop and refine key emotional coaching skills
  • You learn how to increase your capacity to feel empathy with your teenager
  • You also learn to strengthen your skills in empathetic responding
  • You learn to develop skills in recognising and reflecting emotions in your teen including developing language to use in reflecting emotions

Session 4: Emotional coaching fear

  • You learn to improve skills in your own emotional awareness, regulation and self-care
  • You increase your awareness and knowledge of different parenting styles
  • You consolidate your skills and emotional coaching and explore the 5-step problem-solving process

Session 5: Emotional coaching anger

  • You learn about managing your own angry feelings and behaviour including feelings of rejection
  • Understanding the causes of anger
  • Learning the difference between angry feelings and behaviour
  • Developing emotional coaching skills around teen anger
  • Understanding the need for boundaries and negotiation

Session 6: Emotion coaching now and in the future

  • This session reviews everything you have learnt around emotional coaching
  • It extends your understanding of the different parenting styles and their impact including exploring emotions or specific issues not already covered

For more information, please contact Ruth James, parentingcafe@outlook.com