Programme Overview

Talking Teens

This is an overview of the 4-session programme that professionals who attend our 1 or 2-day training course will deliver to parents.

Teenage boy sat smiling with his hand resting on his chin

Programme Summary

Based on the most recent research on adolescence, and consistent with the principles of the Nurturing Programme, the groups provide a positive view of teenage development and focus on relationships within the family, communication, negotiating, decision-making and strategies to reduce conflict.

Programme Content

The programme consists of four sessions, developed with Dr John Coleman, to increase parents’ understanding of teenagers’ feelings and behaviour, and deliver key strategies for maintaining and improving relationships.

Key topics:

  • Exploring the importance of parents for teenagers

  • Developing parents’ understanding of teenage development and the influence of brain development on behaviour

  • Developing parents’ understanding of the importance of listening, verbal and non-verbal communication

  • Promoting positive approaches to boundary setting and problem-solving

  • Providing an opportunity for parents to share their experience with others

Outcomes For Parents & Children


Pilot Group research shows:

  • improved relationships between teenagers and parents

  • reduced conflict and stress in the family

  • increased confidence in talking about difficult issues

  • increased understanding of teenagers’ needs and development

Parent Testimonials

​"I am aware that there is a better way of parenting, even if I don’t always achieve it"


"My eldest son is happier that I don’t scream and shout at the first sign of a problem"


"I learned to take a breath before responding to your teenager’s outburst and respond with empathy"


"Never thought I would have said this! I really enjoyed my four weeks. Thanks for your help!"


"Thanks! Our house is a much happier place now that I am using the strategies learnt here. Much less shouting and strops."


"The whole course has been really beneficial, from sharing experiences and ideas with other parents to receiving guidance and strategies from the facilitators – thank you!"

Resources For Parents

Impact & Evidence


Click link for evidence to support the effectiveness of the Talking Teens programme.

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