If these are some of the questions you have been asking yourself, then grab your teen by the ear and join Jim Wellborn, Ph.D., author of Raising Teens in the 21st Century, and Emi Canahuati, M.A., sexual health educator, for a light-hearted, interactive 3-hour seminar on dating and healthy teenage relationships.
In this seminar, you and your teen will learn to
- Recognize unhealthy messages about relationships in mass media
- Have a conversation about true love and healthy dating relationships,
- Identify the most important elements of an emotionally intimate relationship
- Create a family dating policy
What you will get from this seminar:
- An official certificate proving that you are a highly trained parent and you have had at least one satisfying conversation with your teenager about love and dating
- Coffee, juice, sodas, fruit, bagels, pastry, chips and vegetables with dip to snack on during the seminar
- Handouts that summarize the important parts of the seminar
- The opportunity to buy Dr. Wellborn’s amazing parenting book (that doesn’t have any of this information in it)!
- The pleasure of seeing skilled mental health professionals work . . . on you . . . and your kid!
- Reassurance that you are not alone in your parenting struggles
- Lots and lots of specific parenting strategies that you can use almost immediately
- Time spent with your kid trapped in a room with a bunch of other parents who will verify that all the other parents DO NOT let their kid do ____________.
This seminar is rated PG-13. Some of the topics include:
- Love, romance and emotional intimacy
- Stages of teenage dating
- Depictions of relationships in mass media
- Portrayals of men and women in advertising and products
- Internet influences on perceptions of relationships
- Characteristics of healthy and unhealthy relationships
- Relationship boundaries
- Family rules for teen dating
NOTE: Sex and sexual intimacy will NOT be discussed in this seminar.
Participants: Parents and at least one teenage child (ages 13-18 yo). (Rental children are acceptable. No child-less parents allowed. It just makes everyone else resentful.) Note to divorced parents: Please have only the parents from one household attend with your teen. The potential for divorce related conflict is too high and will ruin the seminar for everyone.
Time: 9AM-12PM on Saturdays. Doors open at 8:30. The seminar will begin PROMPTLY at 9AM so arrive early to sign in, go to the restroom or mill around.
Dates: Current seminar dates. Registration is required. (See below to register.)
- 2016 dates To Be Announced
Location: Brentwood United Methodist Church, 309 Franklin Road, Brentwood, TN. Enter the church campus at the traffic light on Franklin Road. Go to the back of the church. Enter through the doors at the top of the main set of sweeping stairs. Signs will be posted.
Cost: $60 per family unit due at the time of registration. (Fee is nonrefundable.)
About Jim Wellborn: Jim is a clinical psychologist with a private practice in Brentwood, TN focusing on adolescents and families. He is the author of the book Raising Teens in the 21st Century: A Practical Guide to Effective Parenting. You can learn more about Dr. Wellborn by going here.
About Emi Canahuati. Emi has a Masters Degree in Counseling and is certified as a sexuality educator by the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists. She has been working to help parents strengthen their relationships with their children for over 17 years by helping them communicate comfortably about sexuality. She is currently facilitating workshops and coaching parents all over the country. Click here to read more.