You know from countless hours of listening to distressed parents
that raising a teenager isn’t just challenging.
It can be heartbreaking—even scary.
Like other highly trained therapists, coaches and counselors who specialize in family issues, you know well that parent-teen problems are usually rooted in how parents react to their adolescent child’s behavior. Most parents react instinctively and emotionally, causing hurt feelings, alienation, defiance and rebellion.
This isn’t the parents’ fault.
Interpersonal skills training has never been a standard part of formal education. Instead, nearly all of us learned how to communicate “on the street,” unconsciously learning from the instinctive behaviors of our family and friends. Fewer than 5% of adults have had training in the kind of effective communication skills that foster a strong, loving parent-child relationship:
- Active listening and mirroring
- Giving constructive feedback
- Giving encouragement
- Engaging in dialogue
- Guiding learning
- Stimulating thinking
- Resolving conflict
If you want parents to make lasting changes, your challenge will be to help them replace old, ingrained ways of reacting with new, more effective ones. Like learning any new skill, this will take a lot of day-to-day application with family, along with encouragement and coaching from you over time.
The problem is, how can you coach all your clients to change ingrained behavior patterns, when you know the process has to happen in the home, and it will take months?
The program is robust enough to let you coach and track the progress of dozens of parents simultaneously during the months of skill-building needed to make them effective. You can even use the program as a follow-up component of public workshops.
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