The COVID-19 pandemic has had an outsized impact on our teens. Soon, we will have spent an entire year in fear and isolation, working through personal and communal levels of grief and loss. We all – even the most resilient of us – feel the strain imposed by our current world. It is no wonder that our teens are struggling too! In this workshop with BaMidbar Wilderness Therapy, parents will come together to ask the question: What can we do to better support our teens? As a group, we will explore three key basic psychological needs and unpack ways in which parents can use those needs to actively support their child’s well-being.
Know: Parents will gain an understanding of autonomy, competence, and relatedness as three basic psychological needs that are tied to motivation and well-being. Parents will also make connections as to why the pandemic makes it so difficult for teens to maintain and access those needs.
Do: Parents will build tactical skills that help them increase opportunities for teens to experience autonomy, competence, and relatedness.
Feel: This group will create space for interaction and connection between parents of teens, in order to cultivate a sense of belonging and community and find hope in the future.