Adolescence Parents' zone

Understanding the teenage brain

Expert: Dr Bettina Hohnen 
Masterclass structure: 10 lessons (29:28 minutes)

About this class

Do you have a teenager and sometimes struggle to understand him? Are you dreading the teenage years?
In this masterclass, Dr Bettina Hohnen explains how the teenage brain works, allowing us to understand much better why teenagers behave the way they do and giving us very useful tips and recommendations about how best to talk with our teenagers.
This masterclass is of interest of parents of teenagers and parents of teenagers to be.


About this expert:

Dr Bettina Hohnen works as a Clinical Psychologist with children, parents and communities to help strengthen relationships between adults and young people, by translating rapidly developing neuroscience into practical and actionable strategies. She believes that relationships are at the heart of wellbeing.
Her academic achievements include two doctorates and she is a senior teaching fellow at UCL, lecturing widely at graduate and post-graduate level. Read her books (The Incredible Teenage Brain: everything you need to know to unlock a teen’s potential, 2019 and How to Have Incredible Conversations With Your Child, 2021) to understand how to create an environment that balances the need to protect young people and provide fertile ground for growth and development. Bettina is the mother of two children, now in their early twenties.

Lessons in this class

11 Lessons (1:17:43hour)
0. Lesson - Aim of this masterclass 0:25
1. Lesson - The complete masterclass 48:15
2. Lesson - Meet your expert 0:52
3. Lesson - What is different about teenagers? 2:30
4. Lesson - Teens are driven to integrate with peers and belong to a group 3:00
5. Lesson - A primary task of adolescence is to establish a self-identity 3:53
6. Lesson - Support teens to become independent teens 4:18
7. Lesson - Teens have an appetite for adventure and to try new things 5:08
8. Lesson - Expect extreme highs and lows of emotion and know how to manage them 4:45
9. Lesson - Consider how your past is creeping into the present 2:23
10. Lesson - Take home message 2:14

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