Parent-Staff Pastoral Talk: Dr Bettina Hohnen, 9 June 2016

16th May 16

KAS is pleased to announce that Dr Bettina Hohnen, Chartered Clinical Psychologist,  will deliver a talk entitled “Understanding Teenagers: How to support them and protect them at a time of significant brain development.”

The talk, the first in a series of Parent-Staff Pastoral evening lectures, takes place 9 June 2016, 7:00-8:30pm. Please see below for information about the talk and how to reserve tickets.



Parent Staff Pastoral Lecture

June 9th, 7:00-8:30

The King Alfred School, Main Hall

Dr Bettina Hohnen, Chartered Clinical Psychologist

Understanding Teenagers: How to support them and protect them at a time of significant brain development


Why do teenagers seem so much more impulsive and emotional than younger children? Why are their friends suddenly the centre of their world? What is the best way for parents to navigate this difficult time? Neuroscientific research in the past 20 years has given us new insights into what is happening in the brain and we have discovered that significant brain changes go on at this time which helps explain teenage behaviour. 

Dr Hohnen is a Clinical Psychologist with a particular interest in the teenage brain. She will outline the key changes that take place in the brain during the teenage years. She will also discuss ways to stay in a positive relationship with your teenager while at the same time maintaining safe boundaries. The focus will include helping teenagers negotiate needs with words not behaviour, how to go from high control needed with younger children to low control with adolescents while maintaining influence and how fear can negatively impact on influence and corrode the teenager’s ability to use parents as a secure base. 

Tickets are free, but must be reserved in advance. Please visit KAS Eventbrite to reserve your ticket. We anticipate that this will be a popular event, so please be sure to book early.


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