Latta of­fers tips

Kapi-Mana News - - ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT -

Clin­i­cal psy­chol­o­gist and tele­vi­sion per­son­al­ity Nigel Latta will of­fer in­spired par­ent­ing tips on how to com­mu­ni­cate with young peo­ple at a Porirua work­shop next week.

Latta vis­ited Mana Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­tre last Novem­ber and there was such a re­sponse from the com­mu­nity ‘‘ we could barely fit ev­ery­one in’’ to see him, says the cen­tre’s di­rec­tor, An­gela Ryan.

‘‘ We worked hard to get him back be­cause he is so pop­u­lar. He’s fully booked for most of the year so we’re lucky. A lot of his ad­vice is not po­lit­i­cally cor­rect, but I think many par­ents ap­pre­ci­ate that nowa­days. He’s very en­gag­ing and en­ter­tain­ing, and af­ter the session there will be a chance to ask ques­tions.’’

Latta’s topic is ‘ En­gag­ing re­sis­tant young peo­ple’, aimed at par­ents and teach­ers who deal with ado­les­cents and teenagers. He is run­ning it through­out the coun­try to co­in­cide with a new TV se­ries that fol­lows on from the suc­cess from his first ef­fort, The Po­lit­i­cally In­cor­rect Par­ent­ing Show.

Re­search shows the abil­ity to con­nect with young peo­ple can have a ma­jor ef­fect on them – Latta will out­line sev­eral prac­ti­cal strate­gies and tech­niques to help en­gage them. He has equally strong thoughts on ef­fec­tive or­gan­i­sa­tions, in­clud­ing schools, and on how teach­ers can make a dif­fer­ence in their class­room, Ms Ryan says.

A sub­sidy from Pub Char­ity helped make Latta’s ap­pear­ance pos­si­ble.

The session is on from 11am-1pm next Mon­day at Mana Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­tre, 5 He­riot Drive, Todd Park. Places are lim­ited so reg­is­ter early by email­ing cour­ses@man­ae­d­u­ca­tion­cen­tre.org.nz or phone 237 7318. Cost is $40 per per­son or $70 for two.

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