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Assisting parents to help teens

Nic Marcon will be launching a program called Assisting Teens which supports troubled teens and their parents. Photo: Inga Williams / The Satellite
Nic Marcon will be launching a program called Assisting Teens which supports troubled teens and their parents. Photo: Inga Williams / The Satellite Inga Williams

FORGET the 2am feedings and the toddler tantrums.

When it comes to parenting, most parents would agree the teenage years are the hardest.

Just ask Logan-based psychologist and father-of-five Nic Marcon.

Having counselled hundreds of teens throughout his career, Mr Marcon said families were in dire need of more support.

He said parents needed help and advice to guide their children through the trials of becoming an adult, but not enough services were currently available.

"Not many parents want to admit to their friends that their child is self-harming or has behavioural problems or takes drugs," he said.

"So they don't have a lot of people who they can turn to.

"Decades ago, people in the community would help look after each other's children, but these days, most parents are alone when raising their kids."

To provide support to families and rebuild fragile relationships between teens and their parents, Mr Marcon said he had launched a new service called Assisting Teens.

He said the program would be an effective way of helping parents deal with their teenager's issues.

The services would include workshops for parents, adventure camps for teens and support groups for both teens and their parents.

"At the one-day workshop, we provide important information and strategies to enable mums and dads to better understand and work with their teenage children," he said.

"Ongoing support after the one-ay workshop is also available for the parents with the Speak Out program.

"Which allows parents the opportunity to speak about the ongoing issues at home and fine tune strategies that have been taught.

"To support teenagers, our three-day adventure camp program will help teens deal with any struggles or issues they may have in a fun and challenging environment."

Mr Marcon said camp instructors focused on things like behavioural change, increased self-esteem and enhanced communication.

"A follow-up part of the program is called Hang Out," Mr Marcon said.

"This will help concrete the life skills learned from the Adventure Camp and help problem solve current and ongoing issues in a relaxed atmosphere."

The program will be available to families with children aged 12 to 17.

For more information about visit www.assistingteens.com.au or call 1300 488 524.



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