Making Sense of Adolescence Training


Mental Health


In-House & Online


1 Day



Adolescence is the period of transition between childhood and adulthood. The many physical, sexual, cognitive, and emotional changes that happen during this time can bring anticipation, excitement and anxietyfor both young people and their families.

Add to all this the normal everyday challenges associated with growing up; social development, sexual development, peer pressure, education and planning for a future.

Whilst each child is an individual, understanding what to expect at different stages of adolescence can help you to support them as they go through this unique life stage and into early adulthood.

This course will explain these emotional and social changes, and provide some ideas on the skills that are needed to communicate effectively with adolescents.

Training Aims to:

  • To develop participants’ understanding of basic theories relating to adolescent development
  • To explore the development stages unique to puberty and adolescence
  • To reflect on personal experiences of adolescence to deepen understanding and inform practice
  • To consider key issues for young people now
  • To apply understanding of adolescent development to supporting young people.

Learning Outcomes

1. Understand basic theories relating to adolescent development

a) Understand what adolescence is and what makes it unique to other stages of life

b) Understand the basic emotional, physical and social changes that adolescence brings through puberty to adulthood


2. Understand what it means to be an adolescent growing up today

a) Understand the development of personal and social identity

b) Explain the particular challenges faced by adolescents

c) Understand key influences on emotions and behaviours in adolescence


3. Apply understanding of adolescent development to supporting young people

a) Identify skills needed to build mutually respectful relationships

b) Give examples of ways to develop relationships through trust, communication, and listening

c) Identify skills for working effectively with diversity

Who is the course for?

Practitioners working with young people in groups or 1-1 settings, e.g. school staff, youth workers, residential care workers:
  • Class Teacher
  • Learning Mentor
  • Pastoral Lead
  • Teaching Assistant
  • Family Support Worker
  • Headteacher
  • Assistant Head
  • Social Worker
  • Nurse
  • Support Worker
  • Youth Worker
  • Parents & Carers

Training is highly participatory and interactive.


This training can be linked to your continued professional development CPD and is a great way to network with other professionals


Our experienced trainers support participants through interactive exercises and facilitated discussions, creating a safe space for reflection, sharing and professional development

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