Making Sense of Adolescence

Class starts February 14th in Portland, Oregon. 

Course created by The Neufeld Institute and taught by Lisa Weiner, MSN. 

Curriculum Overview:

Week One:

Adolescence in Perspective, Crossing the Bridge and Changes in Adolescent Consciousness

Week Two:

Two Paths Diverge: Conformity vs. Individuality, How to Support Individuation and Differentiating between "Normal" and "Natural" Teen Development.

Week Three:

Walking through Aloneness and Sadness: the Necessary Road to Individuation, the Escalating Problems of Boredom, Addiction and Aggression. 

Week Four:

Taking a Wrong Turn: When Peers Replace Adults. Exploring Social Media.

Week Five:

The Counterwill Storm: How to Survive Teen Resistance

Week Six:

Becoming Tempered: The Key to Adolescent Balance and Stability

Week Seven:

Reclaiming our Youth: How to Hold, or Win Back, Their Hearts

Week Eight:

Becoming a Sexual Being: Pursuing Proximity in Another Dimension

Making Sense of Adolescence for you if...
  • You are the parent of a teenager and are struggling with how to parent them during this tumultuous time.
  • You have a pre-teen and want to be prepared for the changes of adolescence.
  • You recognize that most teens today are on a path of conformity rather than individuation and you yearn for something more for your teen.
  • You are a teacher and want to better understand your middle-school or high-school students.
  • You want to commit to spending time each week dedicated to your parenting practice.
  • You have a hunch that you, the parent, are an essential part of your teen's successful crossing of the "bridge" for childhood to adolescence.
  • You are struggling to make sense of your own adolescence as your parent your own adolescent children.
  • You want to gain insight into your teen, so as to better support their growth and maturation.
  • While you realize you are no longer the "boss" of your teenager, you hope to be "hired back on" as a "trusted consultant"!

All About Making Sense of Adolescence:

  • Class starts on Wednesday, February 14th.
  • Class meets from 6-8:30pm for eight weeks (2/14, 2/21, 2/28, 3/7, 3/14, 3/21, 4/4, 4/11. No class on 3/28.)
  • Class will meet at All Saints Episcopal Church in SE Portland: 4033 SE Woodstock Blvd.
  • This is the first time this amazing Neufeld Institute course will be offered in Oregon!
  • Class Schedule: From 6-6:15 we will review the previous week's material and have a short time for Q and A. From 6:15-7:15pm we will watch together a lecture by Dr. Gordon Neufeld. And from 7:30-8:30 we will discuss the lecture material and have lots of time for Q and A.
  • If you would like a pre-printed study guide for each class, it is available for an add-on purchase ($11) when you register.
  • Class will not be offered again until Spring 2019.
  • {It might change your life...}


Why Making Sense of Adolescence?

When you sign up for Making Sense of Adolescence course you are giving a gift to yourself and your family:

  • the gift of increased connection with your teen;
  • the gift of insight into your teen's emotional world;
  • the gift of intentional time and space to devote to your parenting life;
  • and the gift of support for yourself and your family during this vital and often challenging time in the parenting journey .

In this class, we will spend twenty hours together dedicated to helping you to better understand your teen and to be the parent that they need.

I look forward to supporting you in being your teen's "best bet"!

– Lisa