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.

The full course outline and a 5-minute preview video may be viewed on the course page.


Course participants will view the online recordings from their own computers through our virtual campus and come together weekly as a group to discuss the material using our videoconferencing system. While individuals can take this course at any time on their own through our continuing education program, this is a unique opportunity to meet with others weekly and be supported by Neufeld Institute Faculty members Robin Brooks-Sherriff and Lisa Weiner.

DON'T MISS THIS SPECIAL EDITION! Dr. Neufeld will join Robin and Lisa for two new sessions on emotion and play as they relate to adolescence.

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 9:00-10:00am Pacific. The course will start with a pre-recorded orientation session one week in advance of the first live class on January 18th, 2021 and will run for 10 weeks.


This course is being hosted by the Neufeld Institute, a nonprofit 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.