Parent Effectiveness Training for People who Relate with Teens

Kate Carnes & Helen Wieczorek

Intended Audience: Department of Health and Human Services employees, foster and adoptive parents and the staff of social service agencies providing services to clients of the Department

Credit: 1.8 CEU's

You know that parenting or working with children can be challenging. Probably no other age group is as challenging as teenagers. Memories of our own teen years are usually not a good guide for our interaction with the teens we work or live with today; and just being an adult doesn’t mean we always know what to do. In spite of how testy the relationship can seem with a teenager, most adults and most teens do care about having healthy and caring relationships.

How to Relate to Teens with Parent Effectiveness Training offers a program of proven communication skills that can lead to:

  • Teens being more open to discussing their problems and concerns with you instead of withdrawing.
  • A clearer understanding of behaviors you find unacceptable and therefore more likelihood of changing them to more acceptable ones
  • You learning how to work with each other to resolve problems by recognizing the underlying needs of each party.
  • Learning to resolve conflicts when your values and the values of your teen collide.

The learning objectives for the program are that participants will be able to:

  • Explain, demonstrate and use the powerful skill of active listening;
  • Identify common listening errors;
  • Describe different confrontation styles and their impact;
  • Develop and deliver a non-threatening confrontation;
  • Explain the effects of power in conflict resolution;
  • Participate in, and learn to lead a six-step model of problem solving; and
  • Demonstrate skills in managing conflicts of values.

Since each session builds on the skills learned and practiced in the previous session, attendance at all sessions is required. If you are unable to attend all sessions, please do not register for this program. Participation in classroom activities as well as practicing the skills between sessions is required in this program.