The task of turning children into adults has never been more daunting. An adolescent is neither child nor adult – and therein lies much of the difficulty, turbulence, confusion, and challenge. They need us, yet need to not need us. We are their best bet, yet their instincts are to resist us.


Course participants will view Dr. Neufeld's pre-recorded lecture videos through our virtual campus and then participate in a weekly live Zoom class as a group to discuss the material.  While individuals can take this course at any time on their own through our viirtual campus, this is a unique opportunity to meet with others weekly and be supported by Neufeld Institute Faculty members Robin Brooks-Sherriff and Lisa Weiner.

All of the classes are recorded, enabling those who are unavailable to attend the live class to catch up by watching the recording. Class recordings are posted online within 24 hours and are available for the duration of the course.

Suitability & Applicability

This material is relevant to anyone who is involved or will be involved with teenagers: parents, grandparents, teachers, counsellors, youth workers, family workers, therapists, social workers, psychologists. This course can be used for professional development for teachers, continuing education for helping professionals, and staff training for youth programs. This course is also appropriate for parents of preteens to prepare them for the transition.

Time & Place

This course is being offered in a Scheduled Online Class format on Mondays from 11:00 am-12:00 pm Pacific. The course will start with a pre-recorded orientation session one week in advance of the first live class on January 9, 2023 and will run for 10 weeks.


This course is being hosted by the Neufeld Institute, a non-profit organization with a world-wide reach, devoted to applying developmental science to the raising of children.


If a course is cancelled due to insufficient enrolment or other unforeseen circumstances, all registrants will have the option of receiving a full refund or credit.

Student cancellations must be submitted by email. Cancellation notifications received up until one day before the start of the course are eligible for a refund, less a $25 adminstration fee.