SEL - Understanding Adolescents from the Inside Out

This seminar will support teachers in understanding adolescents from the inside-out. Although every adolescent is an individual, there are some common dynamics that affect all adolescents. Understanding what these dynamics are can provide the keys for knowing how to deal with the problems that may arise. We will examine the construct of counterwill, exploring the topic of teen resistance - where it comes from, what its purpose is and how we can recognize when rebellion is healthy or a result of adults being replaced by peers. We will look to ways that we can come alongside our teens to make more room for their thoughts, ideas, values and preferences as they more fully come to discover themselves.

Teachers will learn strategies for building relationships with teens as well as how we can protect and maintain those relationships during challenging times. We will look to how we can use the extraordinary power of relationship to help us to build a 'village' of support for the adolescents we work with so that we may come together to support them on their journey to maturity.

Insights shared in this workshop are based on developmental science and the relational approach of Dr. Gordon Neufeld.

Target Audience

Grades 6-12


8:45 AM - 11:45 AM

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  • Hannah Beach

    Hannah Beach is an award-winning educator, author, emotional health consultant, and keynote speaker. She is the co-author of the best-selling book Reclaiming Our Students: Why Children Are More Anxious, Aggressive, and Shut-Down than Ever—and What We Can Do About It, with Tamara Neufeld Strijack, a trauma-informed resource for teachers and parents rooted in the relationship-based approach, now being translated into multiple languages internationally (including French, Polish, Russian, Chinese, Ukrainian and Korean) and has been adopted by school boards across Canada. She was recognized by the Canadian Human Rights Commission in 2017 as one of five featured changemakers in Canada. Her bestselling I Can Dance book series, supporting the emotional health of children through movement, play, and expression, won a 2017 Gold International Moonbeam Children’s Book Award.

    Hannah delivers professional development services across the country, provides emotional health consulting to schools, and speaks at conferences about the power of bringing more feeling and human connection into the classroom. Hannah is an emotional health and play-based learning consultant for Britannica Education, where she develops courses which are facilitated by the Britannica Education team across the globe.