What does it mean to be TeenWise? We believe that adolescence is a time of enormous growth, change, challenge and inspiration. We created this workshop series for tweens, teens, parents, educators, therapists and anyone who has the privilege of working with adolescents to integrate the science behind teen brain development with the art and heart of raising our next generation of thinkers, dreamers and doers. Learn how you can become TeenWise by ordering an interactive, experiential and engaging workshop for your school, GirlScout troop, National Charity League, youth group, PTA, or just a group of friends or parents who want to be TeenWise. We take the best of current developmental neurobiology, psychoeducational research and our extensive psychotherapy experience so you can leave with practical tools and a newfound sense of delight in all that the teen world has to offer! 


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Being a TeenWise Tween or Teen...

  • Self-Compassion for Teens : Learn how to treat yourself the way you would treat a good friend. (1-2 hours)

  • Friendship 101: Understanding Relational Aggression in Boys & Girls : Learn how to spot relational aggression (silent treatment, hot & cold friendships, use of power & control in friendships) in your everyday encounters with peers and what to do when you see it, experience it or even use it yourself. (1-2 hours)

  • Stress Management to the Rescue! : Learn what happens in your brain & body when you experience stress and how to take steps to prevent and recover from overload. (1-2 hours)

  • The Mind Matters: Learning about the Teen Brain and How to Harness its Power for Potential : Learn the basics of adolescent brain development and how understanding your changing brain can help you understand yourself, your emotions, your behaviors and your friendships. (1-3 hours)

  • How to Bounce Back: A Resiliency Toolkit : Learn about the 4 C's of resilience and how they can help you learn from mistakes, recover from hurt feelings and gain confidence. (1-2 hours) 

Being a TeenWise Parent...

  • Keeping the Mother-Daughter Relationship Alive and Well Through the Teen Years : Every parent-child relationship is unique, with joys, heartaches, frustrations and unexpected challenges. In this workshop, which can be tailored to include mothers & daughters or a space for just moms, you will learn about the strengths of the mother-daughter bond, the tests to the relationship that adolescence can bring, and how to learn about yourself and your daughter's connection with compassion, humor, brain science and heart. (1-3 hours)

  • The High Cost of High Stress: Overachievers, Underachievers, and How to Use Self-Compassion for Success : In the high-stakes environment of high school, many students are feeling the pressure. Whether your teen is a perfectionist, a chronic underachiever, or somewhere in between, self-doubt and self-criticism can amplify the effects of stress and lead to feelings of overwhelm. In this workshop you'll learn the tenets of self-compassion, what research suggests to help teens use these concepts to manage stress and the benefits to you and your teen's sense of self-worth. (1-2 hours)

  • Caution! Teen Brain: Extensive Remodeling : This is our Mind Matters for parents workshop, where you will learn the basics of adolescent brain development and how to view your emerging teen's behavior from a developmental framework that helps you make sense of the seemingly senseless. Learn the brain science behind impulsivity, procrastination, stubbornness, and the yearning for independence that can try your patience and keep you up at night, and how to harness these normal adolescent urges for good! (1-3 hours)

Being a TeenWise Professional...

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  • Reframing Adolescence: A Developmental and Systemic Framework to Work Effectively with Teens : In this interactive workshop, participants will address common fears and challenges when working with teens, how to engage the family system as well as address barriers to systemic intervention and change, and how to reframe therapeutic work with adolescents from initial contact to termination. The workshop will include findings from interpersonal biology and attachment-focused family therapy to help attendees develop a strengths-based approach to navigating the adolescent stage of development in the family life cycle and demystify the process of engaging teens in therapy. If you are a new clinician or a seasoned therapist with a desire to feel more engaged with your teen clients, this workshop will help you integrate effective treatment modalities into your practice. (1.5-3 hours)

  • Using Mindfulness in the Classroom: Techniques and Practices for Student and Teacher : Mindfulness is becoming increasingly popular in the 21st century classroom. Research indicates that mindfulness can reduce a child's emotional distress and improve one's ability to focus and manage behavior, creating more classroom participation and more learning. In this workshop, participants will learn how to explain or define mindfulness to kids of all grade levels and how to implement its practice in the classroom. Learners in this session will also gain knowledge and skills about the benefits of mindfulness for both student and teacher through experiential activities. (1-2 hours)

The Fine Print

Don't see the workshop you're looking for? Contact us to create your custom TeenWise workshop! All workshops are tailored for the age and needs of the group, and will be facilitated by two GirlTalk Therapy licensed clinicians unless otherwise stated. Workshops are not a substitute for therapy and are educational. Price per workshop varies depending on level of customization, duration, location and number of participants.

Contact us to learn more and schedule your workshop today!