Listen So Your Teen Will Talk: Effective Parenting Tools & Strategies from “Motivational Interviewing” and “Natural Highs”
Featured expert: Avani G. Dilger, LPC, CACIII, BC-DMT, ADS
Time: 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM MOUNTAIN
Cost: $0 (But we would welcome your donation!)
It can be overwhelming for parents right now to help their teen navigate the current world around marijuana and other drugs. We have been working with teens for the past 16 years in our nonprofit program “Natural Highs – Healthy Alternatives to Drugs & Alcohol” and have gathered lots of wisdom from teens and parents in what is actually working to help teens make positive choices. We will share specific strategies from Motivational Interviewing, a successful method for engaging teens and adults, that parents can use to improve communication and connection with their teen. We also will share specific ways how we engage teens in our Natural Highs program to inspire teens get interested and passionate about healthy lifestyle choices.
- Learn what approaches and communication styles work for teens
- Specific communication skills you can implement as a parent to engage your teen in more positive ways
- Skills to balance boundary setting with keeping your relationship with your teen connected and strong
- How parents can create “The Village” to receive support for parenting teens
- Online resources for parents of teens
Avani G. Dilger, LPC, CACIII, BC-DMT, ADS is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Certified Addiction Counselor, a Somatic Psychotherapist, an Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist, and a Motivational Interviewing Trainer (MINT), who specializes in substance abuse prevention and treatment with adults, teens and their families. She is the founder and director of the “Natural Highs – Healthy Alternatives to Drugs & Alcohol” nonprofit program, an innovative, grassroots substance abuse prevention and intervention program that teaches teens to become leaders around healthier lifestyles and positive peer culture. In addition to teaching the Natural Highs program at several high schools in Boulder and at Naropa University, Avani works as a psychotherapist with teens, families and adults with substance abuse, addiction and trauma using Motivational Interviewing, Somatic Psychotherapy, Brainspotting and Systemic Constellationwork. She is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) and trains Motivational Interviewing for criminal justice, mental health, and substance abuse professionals.
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