How young people view themselves strongly influences how they are in this world. Parents and teachers act as the mirror for young people and their response to them will determine the image young people form of themselves.
Each young person needs to be affirmed for their individuality, uniqueness, vast potential and giftedness by the significant adults in their lives.
All parenting and caring starts with self. Without self-confidence and love of themselves, parents and teachers are not in a conscious place to communicate the young people’s lovability, capability, uniqueness and creativity. Each young person’s genius (and not just their academic ability or other talents) needs to be recognised if they are to feel good about themselves. It is now well documented that a parent or teacher can only bring a young person to the same level of consciousness they themselves have reached.
Understanding young people’s behaviour is essential for effective intervention. Young people present with many challenging behaviors that arise from conflicts in the home, classroom and peer pressure. Examples are rebelliousness, anorexia, bulimia, alcohol consumption, drug taking, lack of motivation, unhealthy sexual behavior etc. To under-stand means to get beneath the ‘stand’ (the troubling and troublesome behavior) and discover its hidden purpose. Generally speaking, the aim of troubling responses is to protect some hidden part of self the young person dare not reveal. The creation of emotional safety is fundamental to the young person revealing what lies hidden.
In this seminar Dr. Humphreys will explore what is necessary for the well-being of parents, children and teenagers and how to effectively respond to children’s and teenagers’ troubling behaviours and outline where are the likely blocks to emotional wellbeing.
Dr. Tony Humphreys is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Author and National and International Speaker.
He began his career as a Clinical Psychologist in State Psychiatric and Psychological Services in England and Ireland and since 1990 has been working in private practice in Ireland.
He works with individuals, couples, families, schools, local communities and the business community. He is the Director of three National University of Ireland courses which are run in University College Cork and in an outreach centre in Dublin.
He is Co-Founder of The Irish Association of Relationship Mentors and a Member of Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI), IARM.