Part II of the Adolescence course focuses on adolescence and sexuality. How is sexuality meant to develop? What is happening today that is different than in previous generations? How does sex affect the brain and bonding? In this course, Dr. Neufeld will be examining sexuality through the lenses of attachment, maturation and vulnerability. He will shed light on why adolescents are losing their timidity, why sexual interaction is on the rise, and why sexual bullying is becoming a problem. He will also explore the meaning of safe sex when viewed psychologically and provide suggestions for contributing to the healthy unfolding of sexuality in our youth.

Making Sense of Adolescence Part I: Seven Rites of Passage, is a prerequisite for this course.


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. 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. This course is highly recommended for ALL who are involved in the sexual education of our youth, whether formally in school or more significantly at home.

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 March 20, 2023 and will run for 4 weeks (no class on Easter Monday, April 10th).


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.