Free Parent Forum

A free Parent forum for parents of teenagers is being held in Castle Hill on Wednesday, May 25th.

TITLED: Is it Typical Teen Stuff or a Tipping Point, the forum will cover a range of topics that challenge parents of high school students.

It will help parents and carers wanting to know more about identifying when their young person is displaying typical teenage behaviour, when they need help and how to get the right help.

Speakers include highly respected Australian psychologist and therapist Leanne Hall (pictured) who will be discussing aggressive behaviour in teens and the different types of behaviour you might see when your teen is not coping.

Leanne is clinical lead with Youth Insearch Foundation and has spent several years presenting and facilitating mental health forums to youth. She is also a television presenter, published author, and researcher and has been working as a therapist for over 20 years, where she specialises in working with teenagers, parents, and families from diverse backgrounds.

The second speaker will talk about mental health first aid and the third speaker is Ethan West, youth liaison officer at The Hills Police Command who will discuss trends and issues police are dealing with concerning young people in the hills.

There will be time after the three speakers to ask questions.

Free Parent ForumThe annual forum is being organised by the Hills Domestic Violence Prevention Network (HDVPN). Over 100 people attended last year’s forum.

Tara Gleig from the Forum organising committee said many parents wanted to know how best to support their adolescent.

“This will be the 8th Parent Forum that the HDVPN has successfully organised for the Hills community. Feedback has consistently been positive with parents expressing thanks and gratitude for the professional information provided and the quality of the speakers. Parents said they were able to understand their teenager’s needs at a deeper level and gained strategies to help maintain a strong connection in their relationship. “

One parent last year commented: “Great ideas about when and how to talk with teens.”

The Forum’s aim is to give parents an understanding of how they can help their kids before things escalate.

When: Wednesday 25th May, 6pm for a 6.30pm start finished by 9pm.
Where: The Pioneer Theatre, 12 to 14 Pennant Street, Castle Hill underneath Castle Hill library.
Tickets: The Forum is free but booking is essential via this link or email: [email protected]

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