making sense of adolescence

10 week class begins on Sunday January 23rd


Crossing the bridge from childhood to adulthood has never been so daunting. The time of adolescence is longer than ever and yet society today offers little support in understanding or facilitating this transition. The objective of this course is to make sense of your adolescent from the inside out.

Every adolescent is an individual, of course, but there are common dynamics that affect all adolescents. Understanding what these dynamics are can provide the keys for knowing how to deal with the problems that may arise and for knowing how to best support healthy development through this often tumultuous time.


How the class works:

Included in the class fee is a 3-month membership to the Neufeld Institute online campus* where you will watch a 60-75 minute lecture by Dr. Gordon Neufeld before each week's class. The Sunday classes will include a mix of teaching and discussion, as well as time for Q and A.

*the online campus is a virtual treasure trove of resources, from book recommendations to webinars, to which you have access along with the class lectures.

We will explore:

  • the psychological changes at puberty that impact adolescents and those that parent and work with them
  • how to deal with the premature loss of power and influence with an adolescent
  • the rites of passage that must be endured for the adolescent to mature
  • how to recognize when rebellion is healthy or a result of adults being replaced by peers
  • the psychological temptations faced by adolescents on their journey to maturity
  • how to preserve or restore one’s rightful place in an adolescent’s life
  • the dangers of peer-orientation in the life of an adolescent
  • how to differentiate between relationship problems and behavior problems in the adolescent
  • the role of dissonance and internal conflict in the life of an adolescent
  • how to hold on without holding them back

Making Sense of Adolescence was created by Dr. Gordon Neufeld.

Class 1: Crossing the Bridge - adolescence in perspective

Class 2: Two Paths Diverge - conformity versus individuality

Class 3: Walking Through Aloneness and Sadness - the necessary road to individuation

Class 4: Taking a Wrong Turn - when peers replace adults

Class 5: The Counterwill Storm - how to survive teen resistance

Class 6: The Pivotal Experience - more feeling and less emotion

Class 7: Becoming Tempered - the key to adolescence balance and stability

Class 8: Emotional Playgrounds - why teens need play

Class 9: Reclaiming Our Youth - how to hold, or win back, their hearts

Class 10: Becoming a Sexual Being - the pursuit of proximity in another dimension

What Parents Are Saying:

The information was relevant, engaging and packed with insight. The way in which the material was presented was very high-quality, complex and pushed the boundaries of modern cultural ideas.

I have renewed patience, grace and forgiveness with my children and a deeper sense of their true needs.

Lisa is wonderful! She is filled with passion and relatable stories that bring the learning to life.

This class has been so thorough and enlightening. I feel like I now have a comprehensive view of adolescence and a deep understanding of how to support my kids through it!

This amazing class has given me everything I need to navigate adolescence alongside my children. I started this class fearful of entering the adolescent stage with my children; I now feel like I have the skills to help navigate adolescence with them. This class brought hope and excitement to this stage!

Lisa is a spirited guide. She shares fully her successes as well as her 'bumps' (the moments that might be called mistakes of parenting) that become openings to a path of connection with her own kids. She affirms our intuition and gives us permission to follow it.

I love Lisa’s classes. I always feel like I’m coming home. Her wisdom, great stories and warmth make every class a pleasure.

The material Lisa teaches brings me back to a deep groundedness in truth and intuition. The path she lays out may not always be easy but it always feels right and draws on the deep connectedness of relationship. Her approach asks me to be the best parent and best person I can be.

I highly recommend this class to any parent or person who works with teens. Lisa is a BRILLIANT teacher whose intellect, humor and warm heart make the material accessible. The class became an event to look forward to each week as it nurtured me and, more importantly, helped me understand my child more fully.

I want the whole world to take this class!

This class has been so thoughtful and thorough. I feel like I now have a comprehensive view of adolescence and a lighted path across my way.

After taking this class I have renewed patience, grace and forgiveness towards my children and a deeper sense of their true needs.