Tuning in to Teens Six-Week Program

By Ms Sophie Chang, School Psychologist

The Radford Secondary School counselling team will offer the Tuning in to Teens™ parenting program on campus, over six sessions, on Thursday evenings, from 4:00-6:00 pm, starting on 12 October and concluding on 16 November 2023.

Tuning in to Teens is an evidence-based program using the principles of emotional intelligence and emotional coaching to enhance parenting skills. It is a six-session parenting program that aims to assist parents with developing skills in talking with their teens about emotions, developing emotional intelligence in teens, and helping with conflict management in the home.

This program works with the principle of emotional intelligence. Teens with higher emotional intelligence:

  • Are more aware, assertive, and stronger in situations with peer pressure.
  • Have greater success with making friends and are more able to manage conflict with peers.
  • Are more able to cope when upset or angry.
  • Have fewer mental health and substance abuse difficulties.
  • Have more stable and satisfying relationships as adults.
  • Have greater career success (emotional intelligence may be a better predictor of academic and career success than IQ).

This program is offered to parents with a student in Years 7-12. Participation in the program will be determined by a pre-program interview and participants will be capped at approximately 12.

What Radford parents have said about the changes they noticed as a result of participating in the program:

  • “I am more mindful about learning to choose connecting rather than correcting, and some good conversations have ensued.”
  • “My children are more happy to join me in conversation.”
  • “More connection.”
  • “We became less confrontational, easier to reason!”

If you wish to participate in the program, please fill out the expression of interest form at https://forms.office.com/r/ACD2M1WJFA.

If you would like to know more about the program or have any further questions, please email our Tuning in to Teens facilitator: sophie.chang@Radford.act.edu.au