Hack­ing teen brains

Napier Courier - - NEWS -

The an­swer to an age-old ques­tion — what is go­ing on in­side a teenager’s head — is the sub­ject of a free sem­i­nar in Napier tomorrow night.

Psy­chol­o­gist Melissa Viviers will be telling care­givers what they need to know to sur­vive and thrive in the teenage years.

Ti­tled 5 ways to Hack Your Teen’s Brain, the sem­i­nar has been or­gan­ised by the Wil­liam Colenso Col­lege Par­ents’ As­so­ci­a­tion as a com­mu­nity ser­vice.

Col­lege prin­ci­pal Daniel Mur­fitt says Melissa is an ef­fer­ves­cent speaker with a knack of com­mu­ni­cat­ing com­plex stuff in a way any­body could grasp.

Un­der­stand­ing the way teens’ brains de­vel­oped would help all care­givers, in­clud­ing those with teens test­ing the bound­aries and those want­ing to sup­port high-achiev­ing stu­dents do their best, Daniel says.

The re­laxed and in­for­ma­tive evening would in­clude in­clude cof­fee, cake and a slot for ques­tions from the audience.

Palmer­ston North­based Melissa, a child psy­chol­ogy spe­cial­ist, says care­givers would learn prac­ti­cal strate­gies to sup­port pos­i­tive teen de­vel­op­ment. De­fi­ant and/ or chal­leng­ing teen be­hav­iours would also be dis­cussed. Tick­ets to the free event are lim­ited to 100 and can be se­cured by phon­ing the school of­fice on 06 8310180.

■ 5 Ways to Hack Your Teen’s Brain free sem­i­nar, Wil­liam Colenso Col­lege hall, Arnold Street, Napier. 7.30pm to 9pm, Thurs­day, Septem­ber

13. Phone 06 8310180 to book.

Wil­liam Colenso Col­lege prin­ci­pal Daniel Mur­fitt and psy­chol­o­gist Melissa Viviers in­vite care­givers to learn what makes their teens tick.

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