Connecting with your teenager - Mindfulness for parents during adolescent development

As part of the 2015 MRDATF Drug & Alcohol Awareness week the MRDATF ran four information sessions for parents of teenagers.  These four events entitled ‘Connecting with your teenager – Mindfulness for parents during adolescent development’, which were hosted by local service providers took place throughout the midland region (please see detail below).

At these events Dr. Susan Redmond presented on the myriad of changes that occur in the adolescent brain that predispose teenagers to enhanced experimentation and evolutionary desire for independence. These information sessions were aimed to equip parents with a number of skills to improve their communication with their teenager and develop their understanding of the role alcohol and drugs can have in adolescence development.

Dr Redmond has a PhD from the School of Political Science & Sociology in NUIG in the area of leadership, resilience & social support amongst youth. She has worked in the youth development sector for over 12 years with a core focus of developing consistency of practice across the youth work sector.

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