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How Adults Can Work With Tweens and Teenagers

How Adults Can Work With Tweens and Teenagers

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  • Thu 28 Jun ’18, 5:00pm – 7:00pm


Celebrating Age Centre, 30 Victoria St, Hamilton


All Ages

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  • Free Admission

As part of the New Zealand Psychological Society's 50th Jubilee, we are offering free talks by psychologists for the public.

Kirsty Dempster-Rivett (Clinical Psychologist and Teaching Fellow at Waikato University) will talk about how adults can work with tweens and teenagers to facilitate positive outcomes.

Walking alongside young people to help them reach their potential can be both enjoyable and challenging. We continue to read about sad life outcomes and statistics for our youth that can leave us wondering, “what can I do?” The good news is that there are things you can do.

Simply, we all have immediately accessible information about how adults either helped or hindered our own journey through this life stage. More broadly, it requires adults to understand the unique individual characteristics of each young person, whilst taking into account the important consideration of this dynamic developmental stage.

This presentation will draw on the recent literature relating to build supportive relationships with this age group whilst drawing on the wisdom and advice of well-known theorists of adolescent development and therapy. The key points will be illustrated with practical strategies that you can walk away with and incorporate into your repertoire immediately.

The end goal is to encourage the use of creative and innovative techniques to help us achieve the best outcomes possible using a collaborative and engaging manner.

Kirsty Dempster-Rivett is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist with 20 years clinical practice working with young people, their families and support people. She is a passionate advocate for youth and often presents about creative strategies for engagement that focuses on their strengths to help address areas of concern.

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