March 06th, 2020
The Incredible Teenage Brain
This week’s episode is with Dr Bettina Hohnen and Dr Jane Gilmour who are both clinical psychologists working with children and young people.
Bettina supports children, young people and families to thrive through strengthening relationships and understanding our brains. She regularly gives talks and runs workshops for parents and teachers on mental health and neuroscience.Jane is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist at Great Ormond Street Hospital. She has been working therapeutically with young people, families, school staff and adults supporting young people for over 20 years.
Bettina and Jane have recently published a book with their colleague Tara Murphy called The Incredible Teenage Brain: everything you need to know to unlock a teen’s potential. This is a book for adults supporting teenagers which takes cutting edge brain research and puts it into very accessible language, considering what it means in a day to day context for parents, teachers and professionals supporting young people.
If you are a parent of a teenager who appears to have morphed overnight from a quite likeable child into an alien being who is completely self-absorbed and who takes offence at everything you say or if you still have a likeable child who is about to hit puberty this is the episode for you. Bettina and Jane unlock the wonders of the adolescent brain and help parents understand why their teenage children behave the way they do and why they NEED to do so. They help us to see that this period of development is not an aberration, that the teenage brain is not broken, but that it is uniquely adapted for the developmental goals of a teenager and is absolutely fit for purpose.
Listen to this episode with Bettina and Jane if you want to learn:
In our celebration of vulnerability and perfect imperfection Bettina and Jane share with us Low Parenting Moments of their own.
And the ladies also share their top tips for raising teens to be confident, happy and successful.
To get in touch with Bettina and Jane:
Dr Bettina Hohnen
Dr Jane Gilmour
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