What makes teens tick is theme for Ni­a­gara-on-the-Lake series

The Niagara Falls Review - - Local - RICHARD HUTTON

It’s a con­cept that is univer­sal to par­ents of teens and pre­teens. They do some­thing you don’t ap­prove of, and you ask, “What were they think­ing?”

Well, Dr. Ron Clavier knows a lot about what makes teens tick — he’s even writ­ten a book about it.

A renowned neuroscientist, psy­chol­o­gist and ed­u­ca­tor, Clavier is the au­thor of “Teen Brain, Teen Mind: What Par­ents Need to Know to Sur­vive The Ado­les­cent Years.” Af­ter a lengthy ca­reer, which took him to Mon­treal, Chicago, Bri­tish Columbia and Toronto, Clavier re­tired to Ni­a­gara-on-theLake in 2012.

But not be­ing one to set­tle down, Clavier of­fered his ser­vices to act as a men­tor for the Lord Mayor’s youth ad­vi­sory coun­cil in its mis­sion to, among other goals, pro­mote men­tal fit­ness.

“We have a wealth of re­tired peo­ple here, and not all are drink­ing wine and play­ing golf,” Clavier said.

He has of­fered to help the group and will be of­fer­ing his “Rais­ing Healthy Teens” lec­ture series, some­thing he es­ti­mates he has done more than 50 times in his 35-year ca­reer. “It’s for any­one who has or works with kids,” Clavier said, adding that pro­ceeds from course reg­is­tra­tion ($50 per in­di­vid­ual or $75 for fam­i­lies) will be turned over to the coun­cil.

“That’s what I would like to do here,” Clavier said. “To give all the pro­ceeds the youth ad­vi­sory coun­cil and start teach­ing them about fidu­cia­ries and fi­nan­cials and us­ing a bud­get to fund their pro­grams.”

Ses­sions be­gin Nov. 10 at the Ni­a­gara-on­the-Lake

Com­mu­nity Cen­tre and will be held each Satur­day un­til Dec. 8. The topic for the in­au­gu­ral ses­sion is “Teen Brain, Teen Mind,” which will fo­cus on the devel­op­ment of ab­stract cog­ni­tion and the es­tab­lish­ment of the ado­les­cent be­lief sys­tem. It will also look at the strug­gle for in­de­pen­dence and ways to en­cour­age teenagers to ac­cept re­spon­si­bil­ity for the con­se­quences of their be­hav­iour.

Nov. 17: Rules. Things such as parental re­spon­si­bil­ity in set­ting bound­aries and lim­its will be dis­cussed. It will also fo­cus on the devel­op­ment of so­cial com­pe­tence, em­pa­thy, de­clin­ing parental au­thor­ity, so­cial me­dia and screen time, and how to be­gin the con­ver­sa­tion about ca­reer choices.

Nov. 24: Re­la­tion­ships. Dis­cus­sions will in­clude the im­por­tance of friend­ship and peer in­flu­ence; bul­ly­ing will be ex­am­ined. Fur­ther dis­cus­sion will in­clude the emer­gence of emo­tional re­la­tion­ships and the role of par­ents in mod­el­ling at­ti­tudes about happiness, suc­cess and com­mit­ment.

Dec. 1: Com­mon psy­cho­log­i­cal con­cerns. Par­ents of­ten ex­press con­cern about teenage anx­i­ety, de­pres­sion and di­min­ished mo­ti­va­tion. The causes and pa­ram­e­ters of nor­malcy of these is­sues will be dis­cussed to guide par­ents in their re­sponses to these con­cerns.

Dec. 8: Al­co­hol and other Drugs. Par­ents worry about the con­se­quences of their teens’ use of al­co­hol and other drugs, both le­gal and il­le­gal. This ses­sion will of­fer in­for­ma­tion and strate­gies for re­spond­ing to these dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tions.

All ses­sions run from 9 to 11:30 a.m. For tick­ets, email Deb­bie at dkrause@notlpl.org.


Dr. Ron Clavier will be host­ing a series called Rais­ing Healthy Teens at the NOTL Com­mu­nity Cen­tre start­ing Nov. 10. All pro­ceeds from the event go to the Lord Mayor’s Youth Ad­vi­sory Coun­cil.

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