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Today's Teenager

Roy Petitfils, LPC has worked with teenagers for over 20 years. He shares insights and tips to help adults understand, reach and influence today's teenagers.
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Aug 9, 2016

In this episode, Roy offers insight into how parents can find a counselor for their teen. Roy first encourages parents to listen to episode 15 of Today's Teeanger or read this blog post, both of which address normal and abnormal teen behavior. These criteria can help assess whether or not a teen's behavior warrants the intervention of a counselor. As Roy explains, finances are an issue for most people looking for mental health care, so he recommends beginning with counselors on one's insurance plan and what mental health services are also covered. 

Roy then explains the difference psychologists, counselors, psychotherapists, LPCs (Licensed Professional Counselors), LMFT (Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists), LCSW (Licensed Counselor/Social Workers) and which of these specialists may be best for your family. He also addresses the resistance and fear that some teens will understandably associate with being asked to speak with a mental health professional and ways that parents can comfort and encourage teens to look at counseling as a path towards personal healing and development. 

To get Roy's newest ebook "Little Book of Questions that Really Get Teens Talking" go to todaysteenager.com and sign up or email Roy at roy@todaysteenager.com.

Today's Teenager podcast is produced for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to nor should it be used as a replacement for professional counseling.

Aug 5, 2016

In this episode of Today's Teenager, Roy examines the three needs that every parent has when it comes to caring for their children. Roy explains that these needs don't necessarily apply to caring for other people's children as they do for caring for one's own. A parent's need to provide, protect, and please their children may seem obvious, but are complicated by the new and often unpredictable changes to daily life as a result of a rapidly-changing modern world. 

Roy encourages parents to concentrate on the ways they do provide and care for their children rather than feeling anxiety over what they may not be doing. Being active in learning about a young person's interests and culture help to alleviate that anxiety. Roy also looks at how women struggle more with protecting their children and men with providing for them. Finally, Roy offers how powerful spending time with and being present to our children can be in the formative teenage years. 

To get Roy's newest ebook "Little Book of Questions that Really Get Teens Talking" go to todaysteenager.com and sign up or email Roy at roy@todaysteenager.com.

Today's Teenager podcast is produced for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to nor should it be used as a replacement for professional counseling.

Aug 2, 2016

In this episode, Roy explores the five 'hungers' or needs of today's teenagers. These needs are universal to all people, but as Roy explains, they are especially critical for young people during the formative years of adolescent development. Roy further explains how teens will fulfill the void created by unmet needs with anything they can, including unhealthy attachments and abuse. Roy also offers practical strategies for recognizing these needs in young people and how to provide and assist them in fulfilling these needs. 

To get Roy's newest ebook "Little Book of Questions that Really Get Teens Talking" go to todaysteenager.com and sign up or email Roy at roy@todaysteenager.com.

Today's Teenager podcast is produced for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to nor should it be used as a replacement for professional counseling.

Jul 29, 2016

 In this episode of Today's Teenager, Roy offers suggestions for both adults and teens in developing healthy and successful conversational skills. In an episode designed to be listened to by teens in particular, Roy explores the social components of initiating, sustaining, and engaging in conversation with peers and adults.

Roy discusses the fear of rejection and invisibility he sometimes felt as a teen himself, and how adults modeled and encouraged successful conversation. Roy delves into the elements critical to skillful communication, including awareness of other people, the art of attentive listening, and above all, the power of smiling in social interaction. 

To get Roy's newest ebook "Little Book of Questions that Really Get Teens Talking" go to todaysteenager.com and sign up or email Roy at roy@todaysteenager.com.

Today's Teenager podcast is produced for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to nor should it be used as a replacement for professional counseling.

Jul 26, 2016

In this episode, Roy discusses the different ways adults can help motivate apathetic, disengaged and unmotivated teen boys. By helping provide sources of external he motivation, adults can help adolescents gradually develop the internal motivation needed to succeed in life. 

To get Roy's newest ebook "Little Book of Questions that Really Get Teens Talking" go to todaysteenager.com and sign up or email Roy at roy@todaysteenager.com.

Today's Teenager podcast is produced for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to nor should it be used as a replacement for professional counseling.

Jul 22, 2016

In this episode, Roy sits down with Dan Jurek, the founder and director of Pax Renewal Center for Individual, Couple and Family Therapy, to discuss what he's found to be effective in working with today's teens. From many years of experience working with teens as a teacher, minister, administrator, collegiate dean, spiritual director and counselor and his own experience overcoming challenges as a teen, Dan shares how we can most effectively reach teens. 

Roy and Dan discuss the anxiety and stress epidemic that affects many of today's teens and families and practical suggestions for educators, parents, clergy and ministers to address anxiety in various settings. 

To get Roy's newest ebook "Little Book of Questions that Really Get Teens Talking" go to todaysteenager.com and sign up or email Roy at roy@todaysteenager.com.

Today's Teenager podcast is produced for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to nor should it be used as a replacement for professional counseling.

Jul 19, 2016

In this week's episode, Roy offers insight into the unique way that teens grieve and how it is similar to but also different from how adults grieve. Roy encourages adults to recognize that most teens will experience a 9 -15 month period of denial before finally confronting and processing their own grief. Roy also illustrates how critical peer presence and support is for teens when dealing with loss. Finally, Roy suggests things that adults should and should not say to a teenager that's grieving. 


To get Roy's newest ebook "Little Book of Questions that Really Get Teens Talking" go to todaysteenager.com and sign up or email Roy at roy@todaysteenager.com.

Today's Teenager podcast is produced for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to nor should it be used as a replacement for professional counseling.

Jul 14, 2016

In this episode of Today's Teenager, Roy addresses the recent violence and chaos in our country. Roy offers insight into how our own personal and communal fears lead to violence and offers practical tips for adults to employ in conversations with young people about these complex issues. 

To get Roy's newest ebook "Little Book of Questions that Really Get Teens Talking" go to todaysteenager.com and sign up or email Roy at roy@todaysteenager.com.

Today's Teenager podcast is produced for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to nor should it be used as a replacement for professional counseling.

Jul 12, 2016

In this episode of Today's Teenager, Roy discuss the differences between normal vs. abnormal teen behavior. Roy explains why a young person's experience as a teenager can be a tumultuous one and how difficult it is for parents to go along for the ride!

Roy offers three criteria to help adults determine if a teen's experience is falls within the normal range of adolescent development or if it indicates something more serious is going on. He discusses three practical suggestions adults can do to be more alert to signs of abnormal behavior and prevent problems before they start. 

To get Roy's newest ebook "Little Book of Questions that Really Get Teens Talking" go to todaysteenager.com and sign up or email Roy at roy@todaysteenager.com.

Today's Teenager podcast is produced for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to nor should it be used as a replacement for professional counseling.

Jul 8, 2016

In this episode of Today's Teenager, Roy speaks with Catholic educator and author, Katie Prejean. Katie is the author of "Room 24: Adventures of A New Evangelist." Roy and Katie discuss insights into the anxiety and apathy epidemic we're seeing today, and Katie's best resources to stay on top of teen trends and culture shifts. To find out more about Katie, read her blogs or contact her, visit her website at www.katieprejean.com. Click here to get her book. 

To get Roy's newest ebook "Little Book of Questions that Really Get Teens Talking" go to todaysteenager.com and sign up or

Jul 5, 2016

In this episode of Today's Teenager, Roy speaks with Catholic educator and author, Katie Prejean. Katie is the author of "Room 24: Adventures of A New Evangelist." Roy and Katie discuss Katie's recent marriage, her work as a Catholic speaker, and the critical lessons she's learned about evangelization in her work as a Catholic educator.  

To find out more about Katie, read her blogs or contact her, visit her website at www.katieprejean.com. Click here to get her book. 

To get Roy's newest ebook "Little Book of Questions that Really Get Teens Talking" go to todaysteenager.com and sign up or email Roy at roy@todaysteenager.com

Jun 30, 2016

In this episode Roy discusses why "telling teens what to do" does not work and offers a three step process, based in curiosity and listening, to help adults positively influence today's teenagers. 

To get Roy's newest ebook "Little Book of Questions that Really Get Teens Talking" go to todaysteenager.com and sign up or email Roy at roy@todaysteenager.com

Jun 27, 2016

Have you ever been worried about your teen because they didn't "open up" to you? Have you ever been frustrated because your teen shuts down and shuts you out? 

Roy shows you how to get these teens to open up through understanding, listening and creative communication. 

To get Roy's newest ebook "Little Book of Questions that Really Get Teens Talking" go to todaysteenager.com and sign up or email Roy at roypetitfils@gmail.com .

Jun 23, 2016

In this episode, Roy discusses five skills every adult needs to communicate with teenagers. He offers practical tips for applying each tool to improve communication with teens. 

To get Roy's newest ebook "Little Book of Questions that Really Get Teens Talking" go to todaysteenager.com and sign up or email Roy at roypetitfils@gmail.com 

Jun 20, 2016

In this episode, Roy illustrates the importance of social skills for teens and ways that adults can encourage and model appropriate social skills and responses for young people. 

For more about Roy, including contact information, click here to visit Today's Teenager.

Jun 16, 2016

In this episode, Roy offers practical tips and insight into ways adults can help teenagers set healthy limits and boundaries with time devoted to video gaming. He offers specific suggestions of what to say, not to say and helps parents navigate common pitfalls when it comes to setting, maintaining and enforcing rules for teens and their gaming. 

For more about Roy, including contact information, click here to visit Today's Teenager.

Jun 13, 2016

In this episode, Roy explores the reasons video games are so compelling for and important to teenagers. Roy also explains how video games have been designed to appeal to young people and the role these games play in teen social interaction. 

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Jun 8, 2016

In this episode of Today's Teenager, Roy discusses the importance of apologize to teenagers and why apologizing is so critical to relationships with teens. 

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Jun 8, 2016

In this episode of Today's Teenager, Roy offers hope and 7 practical suggestions to single parents and others who raise children alone. 

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Jun 6, 2016

In this week's episode, Roy discusses practical ways to effectively and lovingly respond to teenagers when they say they don't believe in God. 

Click here for information from the Pew Foundation on millennials' attitudes toward God and religion.  

For more about Roy, including contact information, click here to visit Today's Teenager.

Jun 1, 2016

In this episode of Today's Teenager, Roy discusses what's really going on when a teen violates an adult's trust and offers a seven step process for moving toward reconciliation reestablishing trust with young people. 

 

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May 31, 2016

In this episode of Today's Teenager, Roy explores and debunks three popular myths about teenagers. Many adults avoid misunderstand teens and ultimately distance themselves. The truth is that teens do want meaningful relationships with adults, but they need adults to make and maintain the initiative in these relationships. Roy busts two other popular myths about teens and offers practical tips for connecting with teens who seem disinterested in relating with adults.

 

For more about Roy, including contact information, click here to visit Today's Teenager.

May 30, 2016

In this episode of Today's Teenager, Roy offers three keys to to communicating effectively with teens. 

For more about Roy, including contact information, click here to visit Today's Teenager.

May 30, 2016

Welcome to the first installment of Today's Teenager with Roy Petitfils. The podcast will air every Monday and Thursday morning. 

Today's Teenager is a podcast designed to help adults understand, reach, and influence the teens in their lives. Roy offers insight, wisdom, and practical tips for working with teens culled from his over twenty years of young adult ministry. 

Roy Petitfils is a counselor at Pax Renewal Center in Lafayette, Louisiana, specializing in individual, marriage, and family therapy. Roy taught and worked as youth minister for a number of years before becoming a counselor.

Roy is a popular national and international speaker and workshop facilitator. Roy has also published three books, God Wears Running Shoes, What I Wish Someone Had Told Me About The First Five Years of Marriage, and What Teens Want You To Know But Won't Tell You. 

For more about Roy, including contact information, click here to visit Today's Teenager. 

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