Parenting Teens

Parenting Teens

Location: #20, 9912 106 Street, Edmonton, AB T5K 1C5

Your teenager is beginning to develop their own ideas, self-image, and opinions. You are probably starting to notice that these don’t always align with your own views, and that’s OK! Learning to become independent is a normal part of adolescence… it is actually the whole point. You went through your own transition into adulthood — which likely included some rebellion or questioning — and your children must do the same.

That doesn’t make your job as a parent any easier. Teenagers often experience intense pressure and face many difficult choices. Puberty is beginning at an earlier age than ever before. That is when the way they experience the world and their own emotions changes significantly.

Through the Parenting Teens workshop, you will learn some practical ways to help guide your children through this challenging period by teaching them how to understand and control their feelings and actions. We want you to appreciate this time in your child’s life while taking care of yourself.

Who can attend?

  • Any parent or guardian who is parenting a child over the age of 12.
  • Families interested in establishing positive parenting practices or addressing challenges in teenagers.
  • Children cannot attend our workshops. Our workshops are intended for adults and we do not offer childcare. 

What will you learn?

You will build skills for parenting teenagers by understanding:

  • How teenagers develop independence and self-awareness
  • Your parenting style and how it affects your child
  • How to better communicate with teenagers
  • Different styles of decision-making
  • How to effectively resolve conflict
  • Boundaries and privileges
  • Ways to increase their self-esteem
  • Anger in yourself and your teenager
  • How to care for yourself during this period

By the end of the session, you will feel more comfortable:

  • Creating effective parenting strategies and giving positive feedback
  • Addressing misbehaviour or other issues
  • Setting boundaries, limits, and guidelines
  • Communicating with your child or children
  • Providing a nurturing home environment
  • Minimizing the negative effects of divorce or separation (if applicable), and
  • Solving day-to-day problems and challenges

How will you learn?

At The Family Centre, we believe in continually adapting our programs based on the latest thinking and research. Our workshop instructors work with parents on a daily basis and see first-hand the typical teenage challenges. Our teaching style is highly interactive so you will have many opportunities to ask questions and learn about yourself, your child, and your family. You will also hear others’ experiences and practise new skills.

When and where is it offered?

  • This 10-hour workshop is offered 14 times a year at our offices at 9912-106 Street
  • Each group workshop has a maximum of 14 participants
  • Workshops are Fridays from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • For individuals or couples who want to book a three-hour private session, please contact us to arrange a date and time.

How much does it cost?

Group workshops (14-person limit): $200 per couple or $150 per individual
Three-hour individual sessions: $325

The Family Centre is dedicated to supporting families of all income levels. If cost is a barrier to you attending this workshop, you can apply for subsidy by selecting “I require subsidy” in the workshop registration form.

Subsidies are available for group workshops only. Subsidies are based on your household income.

What is the difference between a group workshop and private workshop?

A group workshop is 10 hours long with up to 14 participants and a facilitator. This learning environment is interactive and will provide opportunities to hear and share various experiences and perspectives.

A private workshop covers the same content as a group session, but it is 3 hours one-on-one with a facilitator. These 3 hours can be scheduled in one appointment, or split into two 90-minute appointments. This learning environment will focus more on how the information is relevant to your personal experiences. Please note that subsidies are not available for private workshops.

Do I need to bring anything to the workshop?

You will receive a participant booklet when you arrive. Please bring a pen. 

We also provide coffee, tea, and water. If your workshop runs on a Saturday, you can bring lunch with you or go to a nearby shop or restaurant during a lunch break.

What do I get after I complete the workshop?

You will receive a certificate of completion after you have completed the entire course.

Are workshops the same thing as group therapy?

No. Our workshops are psycho-educational, meaning we focus on providing you with information and tools to help you with communication or parenting. Group therapy is focused more on thoughts, feelings, and the healing process.

See Strive and Healthy Relationships for information on our therapy groups.

Can I claim the workshop with my benefits or insurance plan?

No, because our workshops are educational and not equivalent to psychological therapy or counselling.

What is your cancellation policy?

To receive a full refund, we require 72 hours’ notice. You will receive a 50% refund with less than 72 hours’ notice. Cancel or reschedule your registration on our website or call 780.497.7536.


"This course was awesome! Really enjoyed it."

"I enjoyed the course and learned a lot."

"I feel more confident in facing the teen years with my children and I learned some valuable skills to make their transition to adulthood easier.”

Parenting TeensBook a Private Workshop

Register By: May 29, 2019

Fri, May 31, 2019: 6.30pm - 9.30pm
Sat, Jun 1, 2019: 9.00am - 4.00pm

Cancel My Workshop Registration