How to Talk to Teens & Pre-Teenagers About Drugs

A step-by-step parenting guide, supporting you to protect your teenager from the risks of drugs, alcohol & tobacco use.
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  • Lectures 10
  • Length 1 hour
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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Published 9/2015 English

Course Description

You are the very best person to support & guide your child on this subject; better than school teachers; better than their friends and better than anything that they might find on the internet.

With this in mind - do not leave your child's drug & alcohol education to chance! This type of instruction - on key life skills - takes time and care and can be embedded within your parenting.

How to Talk to Your Teen about Drugs

  • GET CLEAR about the role you play in shaping your child's future life choices.
  • GET CONFIDENT to address this issues by planning & then sharing your key messages.
  • GET TOOLS & resources that will support you to connect, guide & protect your child.

How to Talk to Your Teen about Drugs

This course has been specifically designed and tailored with parents and carers in mind. It offers you step-by-step guidance to put you in a position of being able to talk to your child about issues that they will be talking about with their peers. Use this course to get in on that conversation. Share your morals and your values - allow your child the opportunity to benefit from your wisdom.

'Drugs' is one of the taboo subjects that parents avoid talking about with their children. This course supports you to address this subject without it simply being a list of things that your child should not do. You will be supported on how to engage them in conversation and how to positively challenge their thinking.

Follow the course guidance and have a far better chance of protecting your child from risk. Through your conversations your relationship will improve as your child will begin to view you as somebody that they can trust and turn to for advice; somebody who will not panic at the mention of the 'drug' word and somebody who can talk sensibly and rationally - giving sound advice.

Drugs education at school certainly has it's place but research shows that your input, when you do it right, will be far more effective than anything that the school curriculum can offer. Your input into these informative adolescent years are crucial.

Contents & Overview

This course contains 11 lectures and over an hours worth of content. The real value that you will get out of this course will come from using the Parent & Teen Relationship Toolkit which offers over 50 pages of activities for you and your child to complete.

The toolkit is broken down into three parts.

Part 1 is where you work alone - refining the key messages that you want to share with your child based on the knowledge you gain from the lectures and your own life experience and wisdom.

Part 2 is about getting confident - understanding how to best deliver your message based on the 'Starburst 5-Step Process'. You will learn how to challenge your child's thinking and belief systems should you need to and how best to engage them in open conversation.

Part 3 is for you to then begin working with your child. There are a range of activities that you can engage them in. From the activities your child will have enough information to make their own informed life-choices.

This course has been designed to support you and your child to develop and strengthen the relationship that you have together; both gaining in trust and respect for each other.

Ultimately, this course will give you peace of mind that you have been proactive in the fight to protect your child from modern-day teen risks.

What are the requirements?

  • Simply download the workbook that accompanies this lecture.
  • A willingness to apply the skills that you learn

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Protect your child by learning what every parent should know about drugs.
  • Get clear on the key messages that you wish to share with your child.
  • Get the tools and resources to support you to work directly with your teen to discuss the issues that matter to them.
  • By the end of this course you will have peace of mind that you have done what you can to protect your child from the risk of experimenting with drugs.
  • You will learn skills that will encourage a positive and trusting relationship between you and your child.

Who is the target audience?

  • If you are a parent of a child aged between 9-19 then your child will benefit from you learning the skills that will help to protect them from the temptations of drug use

What you get with this course?

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30 day money back guarantee.

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Lifetime access.

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Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: GET CLEAR

This lecture will help you to understand why it is so important for you to be involved in the conversations that you have with your teen about drugs.


The Parent & Teen Relationship Toolkit


Teenagers are more prone to alcohol use than any other drug. You will find out why alcohol and teenage drinking is so dangerous.


Use this method to positively engage your child in conversations where they want to listen and learn from you.


Understand why young people turn to drugs & put yourself in a stronger position to challenge your child's possible temptation to experiment.


In this lecture you will learn how to use the 5-step method in your own conversations about drugs with your teen

Section 3: GET THE TOOLS

Allow your child to understand the true power that drugs have


Work with your child and show them that you are on their team. Teach them the skills that will get them out of uncomfortable situations with respect to peer pressure, drugs and alcohol.


Work with your child and experience true life - through the eyes of a young person recovering from drug addiction


Tap into your child's emotion and explore the wider impact of drug abuse.

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Instructor Biography

Anika Vassell, Parent & Teen Relationship Coach

With over 20 years of experience working as a Psychology Specialist Secondary School Teacher & Academic Mentor, Young Offenders Key Worker to having six adolescent children with behavioural and learning difficulties living with me in a residential school - I have plenty to share with you.

Under the umbrella of 'Ingenuity for Social Change' at the University of Nottingham, England I now offer training and support for parents and professionals who live or work with teen and pre-teenaged children.

Owner of Starburst Educational Support Services and creator of The Parent & Teen Relationship Toolkits, my role is to empower you and other parents to better understand, protect, guide & keep on connecting with your teen or pre-teen through their 'tricky' adolescent years.

I work with parents who are aware that in this ever-changing and increasingly stressful world, that their children are in more need of support than ever before.

Young people are facing increasing stress in this modern-day world and at Starburst ESS, we recognise that with the right tools - YOU are the very best person to support them.

Anika Vassell

Dip CBT; PGCE; MSc BSc (Hons)

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