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How to work effectively with troubled
and troublesome teenagers

Free choice subject
A one-day course with tutor: Richard Brook
CPD Certificate (6 hours)

What you will gain from attending:

  • The essential knowledge and skills you need to deliver effective interventions to young people – both individually and in groups
  • An increased understanding of what drives most problematic
  • What healthy teenage development looks like – this may bring you some surprises
  • Ways to respond effectively to each individual’s needs, temperament and learning style, whilst avoiding the emotional pitfalls of working in stressful situations.
  • A clear and logical foundation upon which to structure creative and effective interventions
  • An expanded repertoire of skills and a refined understanding of what works and – most importantly – why
  • A range of simple and effective techniques for engaging uncommunicative young people, building rapport and promoting behavioural changes
  • The opportunity to try these techniques out
  • The common misconceptions about adolescence
  • How to discover and build upon a young person's strengths
  • Ways to motivate young people and help them set achievable goals
  • Practical problem-solving with young people
  • Four vital guiding principles that ensure your work with young people is relevant and effective
  • Knowledge of how the insights from the human givens approach can dramatically improve interventions and their outcomes
  • The opportunity to discuss how you could implement these in your own work with a highly knowledgeable tutor who has years of hands-on experience
  • Increased confidence in your own ability to affect positive change
  • Course notes, CPD Certificate and more...


About the course

Tutor Richard Brook brings a practical and humorous approach to the bewildering array of models currently directed at front-line workers.

The programme is varied and intensive, yet lively with a strong focus on gaining skills. It clarifies what healthy teenage development looks like, why things can go wrong and the best ways to help young people overcome obstacles and begin to create lives for themselves that work well.

Richard also shows how, by working with the 'givens' of human nature, and ensuring that sound knowledge of how people really function is applied intelligently to teenagers, you can speed up progress and bring them real benefits.

At the end of the day you will find yourself more empowered to respond effectively to each individual’s needs, temperament and learning style, whilst avoiding the emotional pitfalls of working in stressful situations.

Who should attend?

Annyone who has to deal or work with troubled and troublesome teenagers, including:  teachers, youth workers, mentors, drug workers, social workers, schools counsellors, educational psychologists, primary mental health workers, all members of youth offending teams, youth justice workers, police and probation officers, prison staff, parents, residential and foster carers and anyone who works directly with young people through sport and/or outside activities.


Course Programme

The 'How to work effectively with troubled and troublesome teenagers' course starts at 9.30am and runs until 4.00pm.

The day's agenda

Registration: 8.30am to 9.30am (Tea or coffee served until 9.25am)

9.30am – What’s the trouble?

  • Hormones, brain cells, trauma, temperament and the modern world: a look at the various factors that help or hinder healthy adolescent development, including the sometimes surprising benefits to young people of indulging in risky, unhealthy and anti-social behaviour
  • How the principles of the human givens approach can help us to make sense of problematic behaviour
  • We look at research that puts teenage troubles in context and challenges common perceptions of the state of adolescence

11.00am — Discussion over tea/coffee

11.30am – How to communicate with teenagers

  • Tackling the tricky problem of building rapport with uncommunicative adolescents
  • How to get the most out of standardised assessment models by sifting for relevant information
  • Ways of motivating young people to set realistic and achievable goals.
  • We practise some important communication techniques and search for a young person’s strengths using a light-hearted case study: exercise

1.00pm — Lunch (included)

1.45pm – Practical problem solving

  • Discovering and building on young people’s strengths – demonstration of a valuable group exercise on problem solving
  • How to focus young people’s attention on their attributes rather than their problems
  • How to prepare a structured intervention for a young person or group using human givens principles
  • Generating creative activities: exercise

2.45pm — Discussion over tea/coffee

3.00pm – How to help them create a life that works well

  • How to project your work with young people into their everyday lives
  • Why imagination is such an important tool for self-development
  • Using stories and metaphors
  • Strategies to engage young people’s imagination
  • How to harness the mental rehearsal techniques of sports stars and performers to help young people change patterns of behaviour and achieve their goals
  • Four vital guiding principles that ensure your work with young people is relevant and effective.

4.00pm — Day ends

Places are limited – book yours now:

How to work effectively with troubled
and troublesome teenagers

Tuesday 4th December 2018                          Bristol

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