Communities for Children Facilitating Partners Evidence-based programme profiles
Tuning in to Teens
Tuning in to Teens
Supporting Families and Parents
University of Melbourne
A universal parenting program for parents of children aged 10-13 years. The program aims to increase parent-child connection by improving emotional communication in the family.
Tuning in to Teens provides parents with a greater understanding of their teen’s emotional experiences while teaching specific skills that can assist in being supportive, empathic and staying connected with the young person. The program builds on the Tuning in to Kids program, which has been shown to have positive effects on young children.
Social workers, psychologists, occupational therapists, childcare workers and others working with children and families.
Tuning in to Teens is a 6x2 hour group parenting program with a structured manual for the facilitator to follow. The manual includes a range of resources, including handouts for parents (also on CD), and a DVD demonstrating parenting skills. The ideas and techniques taught in the program are of specific relevance to parents of adolescents.
It is also possible to adapt the delivery of this program.
A 2-day professional development workshop is required to run the program. The workshop provides trainees with the concepts of Emotional Intelligence and Emotion Coaching, as well as useful information about adolescent brain development.
Training is offered regularly throughout the year in most capital cities: http://www.tuningintokids.org.au/events/category/professionals-calendar/
An In-Service Model of training is also available for organisations looking to train larger groups of people.
Contact person: Ann Harley
|Evaluation and effectiveness|
A RCT was undertaken to evaluate the effectiveness of Tuning in to Teens (Kehoe, Havighurst & Harley, 2014). The outcomes of the evaluation showed:
Havighurst, S.S., Kehoe, C.E. & Harley, A.E. (2015). Tuning in to Teens: Improving parental responses to anger and reducing youth externalizing behaviour problems. Journal of Adolescence, 42, 148-158.
Kehoe, C. E., Havighurst, S. S., & Harley, A. E. (2014). Tuning in to Teens: Improving parent emotion socialization to reduce youth internalizing difficulties. Social Development, 23(2), 413-431.
Kehoe, C. E., Havighurst, S. S., & Harley, A. E. (Online). Somatic complaints in early adolescence: The role of parents’ emotion socialisation. Journal of Early Adolescence.
For more information about the program’s evidence base, see: http://www.tuningintokids.org.au/professionals/research/