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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 rangatahi.

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, empathetic and connected with their rangatahi.

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Benefit for parents

  • Creates a greater understanding of teenage emotional experiences
  • Creates a greater understanding of teen developmental needs
  • Reduces tension 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
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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 relationships as adults
  • Increased emotional intelligence, which may be a better predictor of academic and career success than IQ

Programme content

Each Tuning Into Teens™ session focuses on different challenges and situations.

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 feat 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 rangatahi 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.

More information

Tuning Into Teens™ is held in these locations throughout the year:

  • Christchurch
  • Mid Canterbury
  • North Canterbury

If you would like to know more about Tuning Into Teens™ contact us today and one of our team will be able to assist you.

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