Adolescent Training

MTS Adolsecent Training

God has made us to experience deep intimacy—with him and with other people. We’re created to know what we feel and need in order to express those things to the people who love us. We’re created to trust, share our hurts, and be relationally inter-dependent as we walk through life. We’re meant to be open and transparent with God, so he can work in and through us to bring hope to the world. All within loving community—living in relationships in which we’re free to be who God created us to be without judgment.

Instead of this ideal, teens live in a world of fear and pain. They get hurt and hurt others in return. As a result, they lose their ability to trust God or others, avoiding true intimacy in order to avoid future pain. They act out in ways that are confusing and difficult to understand. It becomes increasingly hard to reach them.

In this training we will address some of the most painful disruptions in God’s design for adolescents—suffering in the form of abuse, abandonment, sexualization and addiction. We’ll review adolescent brain development and explore the ever-changing influences of our western culture on the ways in which teens think and behave. We’ll share resources for walking alongside hurting teens, either in a one-on-one setting or in a small group.

The following topics will be covered:

  • Why Talk About Pain?
  • Adolescent brain development
  • Understanding abuse, abandonment, and unhealthy families
  • How teens act out their pain
  • Understanding & managing risky adolescent behavior
  • Effects of pornography and sexualization
  • Healing & forgiveness
  • How to create safe, healing groups for teens

This training is interactive in nature and will leave you with a sense of hope for healing and transformation. Participants must be 18 years or older to attend.

If you are interested in this type of support for your organization or church, email Tanya Harris, MAPC, LAC