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How to Effectively Navigate Through Adolescence Challenges?
Adolescence is not just a transitional period from childhood to adulthood. It is much more than physical growth and transformation. It is a roller coaster ride of emotions for both adolescents and their parents. AdolezenZ is a global learning organization offering various coaching programs focused on developing emotional intelligence for adolescents, parents, educators, and coaches.
We don’t fix adolescents. We help them discover themselves through Emotional Literacy.
Many people see adolescent behavior as a problem that needs to be fixed. An alternate approach is to see their behaviors as the impulse of one or more emotions. Many adolescence challenges are rooted in a lack of Emotional Intelligence (EQ). Every emotion exists for a purpose and that includes those we generally label as negative, like anger and fear. Our programs help adolescents listen to their emotions and find better ways of responding to them. Instead of trying to correct behavior, we offer the tools adolescents need to solve their problems on their own.
How Can We Help Adolescents Become More Emotionally Intelligent?
Helping adolescents develop their emotional competency is an overlooked area. It is not taught to students at school or university. Emotional Intelligence is a critical skill needed to succeed in today’s world of artificial intelligence and rapidly changing technology.
Emotional Intelligence (EQ) is our ability to recognize our emotions and those of others, distinguish between all the feelings we experience, and label them appropriately.
Emotions are a valuable source of information that we can leverage to guide our behavior and achieve our goals. Intelligence (IQ) is a measure of our ability to use logic and information to answer questions, memorize, recall information, analyze data, and make predictions. Both IQ and EQ are essential for adolescents to be effective.
Why Emotional Literacy for Adolescents?
Adolescents are learning rapidly every day and their understanding of the world is evolving. However, the prefrontal cortex of adolescents’ brains, responsible for emotional regulation, is still under development. This limits adolescents' ability to make decisions, assess risks, and interact effectively with others. Also, many adolescents experience confusion about the way they look, their strengths, and their weaknesses. Developing emotional literacy is like developing linguistic literacy. An illiterate person is constrained in his or her lack of ability to read and write. Similarly, emotionally illiterate adolescents are constrained by their inability to interpret their own and others’ feelings.
Many choices made during adolescence years are critical and have a life-long impact. Whether it is choosing an area of study, which relationships to pursue, assessing risks, or pursuing dreams, choices made during adolescence are not purely rational. One or more emotions influence those choices and a lack of awareness of those emotions can put someone on a path they regret. We help adolescents become more aware of the emotions underlying their choices and how to navigate those emotions to achieve their fullest potential.
ACADEMICS AND CAREER
Eliminating Barriers to Learning
All adolescents have barriers to learning. The problem is that most adolescents are not aware of them. Our coaching helps adolescents identify and eliminate their barriers which put them on a fast track to learning and change.
HEALTH AND SAFETY
Taking care of themselves and others
Health and safety are of paramount importance for adolescents and their emotions play a profound role in helping them protect themselves and others. Our coaching helps adolescents make prudent assessments of risk without biases.
BEHAVIOR AND RELaTIONSHIPS
Developing Socially Intelligent Behavior
Living up to social expectations is a challenge for many adolescents. Our coaching helps adolescents begin, maintain, and when needed, repair their relationships with parents, teachers, friends, strangers, and, most importantly, their relationship with themselves.
MOTIVATION AND SELF-ESTEEM
Staying Motivated Amidst Distractions
Adolescents look up to stereotypes of personalities glorified by media and peers which often affects their level of self-esteem. Our coaching helps adolescents believe in their strengths and stay motivated irrespective of negative comparisons and other distractors.
CREATIVITY AND INNOVATION
Solving Problems by Empathizing with Them
Today’s adolescents are highly enterprising and have plenty of ideas. However, information alone is not sufficient to generate innovation and our coaching helps adolescents empathize with real-world problems and design solutions that connect at an emotional level.
ACCOUNTABILITY AND TRUST
Empowerment Through Increased Accountability
Adolescents want more freedom and the power to exercise freedom comes by taking more accountability and thus gaining more trust. Our coaching empowers adolescents to take more accountability for their thoughts, emotions, decisions, and actions.
FOR ADOLESCENTS, PARENTS, COACHES, AND EDUCATORS
Emotional Intelligence Coaching for Adolescents
This program is a journey of self-discovery which helps adolescents deal effectively with their challenges by understanding the emotions underlying those challenges. We offer a safe, non-threatening platform for adolescents to accelerate the integration of emotions with their skills.
Emotional Intelligence for Parents of Adolescents
While parenting children is not easy, raising adolescents is harder and requires a different approach. When your children are young, you have more authority and they seek a sense of security and care from parents. When they approach adolescence, your children begin demanding more independence and their affinity gradually shifts from parents to peers. Many parents wonder what happened to their child so suddenly and their efforts to influence them often make things worse.
Emotions-Centered Coaching for Adolescent Coaches and Educators
If you want to coach adolescents and resolve their challenges, working with their emotions can be particularly effective because most adolescents are not emotionally literate. Most have difficulty articulating what they feel as an emotion. This means there is an opportunity for you to grow your coaching skills. This program will also help you work with adolescents and parents to develop their emotional competence.
Our Global Team of Coaches Headed by Dan Newby, PCC
Dan is a best-selling author of 5 books on emotions, a social-emotional learning consultant to U.S. school systems, a certified professional coach with 9000 hours of coaching experience, an international speaker, and a thought-leader in the domain of emotions and emotional literacy.
Dan was a Senior Course Leader for Newfield Network for eight years. In those years he led coach training programs in the U.S., Amsterdam, and at the University of Calgary. He has worked with several school systems in the U.S., global commercial enterprises, and NGOs.
Dan’s passion for elevating emotional literacy fuels his writing, teaching, and development of games to help people learn the value of emotions and the many ways they enrich our lives. His quest for emotional skills development combined with his work as an ontological coach and CEO of one of the premium coaching schools globally helped him move deeper into this territory of learning and become the teacher he is today.
Dan was born in the U.S. and has lived in Africa, the Middle East, and Europe.
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