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Teens and Their Choices


Session Description

Why do teens make the choices they do? What could they possibly be thinking? How can we guide them into adulthood with the tools they need to lead healthy, productive lives?

In this interactive session, we’ll explore the development, neuroscience, and internal and external factors that impact teen choices and behavior… 


So that you can better understand where your teen is coming from, why they are making the choices they are making.


You’ll also gain a methodology for cultivating positive, productive communication and

relationship with your teens. And a tool for communicating and reaching agreements through the teen years and beyond.

We recommend your teen concurrently attend a "Your Brain, Your Choice" session so that you both come away with a shared vocabulary and methodology for  communicating and reaching agreements through the teen years and beyond.

You'll Learn

- An understanding of how and why memories impact teen behavior

- How to better identify individual teen needs and perspectives

- An increased awareness of the impact of individuality, trauma, and maturity on teen behavior and decision making.

Intended Audience

- Parents of teens

- Adults working with teens

- Anyone supporting parents of teens in their roles


1 - no previous training required


Intro - 75 min
Workshop - 90-120min
Deep-Dive - 2-4 hours

What to Expect

Throughout the session, Thomas C. Rector encourages audience participation and shares insights, examples, and experiences gained over 20 years of training parents, advocates, and professionals.  

In workshops and deep dives, the second half of the session is spent in a hands-on, interactive, role-playing activity that gets participants up and out of their seats and working together to implement the methodology.

What Past Participants Say

“This was a great presentation! I like the focus of developing a successful adult!"

Workshop: “What were you thinking?” Understanding Teen Choices.
St. Joseph Hospital “Just Ask!” Parenting Series 2011

"I love Tom's material. It explains the "why" what we are doing works, how learning works."
- Rachel M.

Raising a Child to Thrive, 1:1 Session, 2020

Accrescent Institute's Thomas C Rector presents Raising a Foster Child to Thrive

Presenter: Thomas C. Rector

As a father of five, adoptive parent, a foster care mentor and trainer, CASA, and board member for child advocacy organizations, Thomas C. Rector brings a unique perspective to child advocacy and parenting.

He is a CEO, national speaker and presenter on BioSocial Cognition theory, and founder of Accrescent Institute, as well as the former Executive Director for CASA of Del Norte and Vice President of the NFPA Board of Directors. 

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