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Engaging adolescents - Dealing with difficult teens

Michael Hawton

The Engaging Adolescents parenting education course teaches parents what goes into forming a great relationship with their teenagers and how to broach difficult topics with teenagers and importantly, emerge in one piece! Based on scripted mediation techniques, the PASTA for teenagers’ process provides parents with a method for holding tough conversations with adolescents, where parents can deal with short term issues (such as being interrupted) and long term issues teaching teenagers how to negotiate successfully). 

PASTA stands for Prepare, Appointment, Say, Tame the Tiger and Agree. This program has been taught to over 2000 professionals in Australia and it has demonstrated a method that is easy to learn where parents might have otherwise just become angry with their teenagers. There is some preparation involved in holding this type of conversation (using a three-page worksheet), but the PASTA method is eloquent in its simplicity, and easy for professionals to teach to parents in groups. 

Connecting Minds Conference 2014
Byron Bay, NSW Australia
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Michael Hawton

Michael Hawton is a Psychologist, teacher, author and father of two. He studied teaching and went to Melbourne University where he trained to be a psychologist. For most of his 25-year career he has worked in the area of child and family therapy. He has developed parenting education courses that have assisted thousands of parents manage their kids’ difficult behaviour. His career has also included working as an expert witness in the NSW Children’s Court and for the Family Court of Australia. He lives in Byron Bay where he has raised two children of his own. Michael and his wife, Simone, run the online parent resource company – Parentshop. Michael currently travels around Australia to present professional development to family service professionals. His passion is to make a difference to the lives of children and their parents.

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