About RoyPetitfils

Roy Petitfils is a licensed counselor, award-winning author, speaker and internationally recognized expert in understanding and raising teenagers. You can find him giving TedTalks about communication with teens and on his podcast Today's Teenager.

Interview with John Hodges Davis

In this episode, Roy interviews young adult, John Hodges Davis. John shares his journey as a child and a teen pursuing a golf scholarship and a professional golf career. In his Junior year, John and his family discovered that he was born with hip dysplaysia, ultimately leading to [...]

By |2018-11-30T23:53:11+00:00December 7th, 2018|Today's Teenager Podcast Episode|0 Comments

Talking Challenges And Opportunities For Hispanic Youth with Dr. Hosffman Opino

In this episode, Roy discusses the challenges and opportunities experienced by Hispanic youth today with Dr. Hosffman Opino. Dr. Opino was born in Colombia where he pursued undergraduate studies in Philosophy. He taught philosophy and religion at various academic levels and worked for the National Confederation of Catholic Education [...]

By |2018-11-30T23:53:18+00:00December 4th, 2018|Today's Teenager Podcast Episode|0 Comments

Getting Things Done For Teens with Mike Williams

In this episode, Roy talks with Mike Williams, co - writer of "Getting Things Done For Teens," based on the original book written by David Allen. The purpose of the book, from its back cover:  "Very little time, focus, or education is being spent teaching and coaching this [...]

By |2018-11-30T23:53:24+00:00November 30th, 2018|Today's Teenager Podcast Episode|0 Comments

The Importance of Allowing Teens to Fail with Jessica Lahey

  In this episode, Roy talks with New York Times best-selling author, Jessica Lahey. Roy and Jessica discuss her groundbreaking and controversial book, The Gift of Failure: How The Best Parents Learn To Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed. Jessica's experience as an educator led her to [...]

By |2018-11-30T22:45:39+00:00October 16th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

Talking with Teens about the Sexual Abuse Scandals in the Catholic Church

Like you, I’ve been appalled, shocked, dismayed, disillusioned and a whole host of other emotions I have yet to identify due to the recent and past scandals in the Church. Many adults are asking “How do I talk to young people about all of this?” Whether you’re a parent, educator, [...]

By |2018-11-30T22:42:55+00:00October 3rd, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

Helping Teens Regulate Emotions

Helping Teens Regulate Emotions   More and more teens are having difficulty regulating their emotions. Being “emotional” and having a roller coaster of feelings is a normal part of being a teenager. Yet many teens experience this intensity at unhealthy levels and for extended lengths of time. Being unable to [...]

By |2018-11-30T22:43:18+00:00July 23rd, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

Existential Depression in Teens

  1 in 8 teens will experience depression while they are in High School, yet only 1 in 5 of those teens will receive help. A common type of depression, often overlooked by adults, is existential depression.   What is Existential Depression? Existential depression is often a combination of psychological [...]

By |2018-11-30T22:43:40+00:00March 15th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

Helping Teens in Unhealthy and Abusive Relationships

If you are reading this in an email, blog update or on your mobile device, click here to listen to the podcast. Approximately 35% of teens have had a dating experience at some point, and at any given time 18% of teens are currently in a romantic relationship. [...]

By |2018-11-30T22:43:58+00:00November 27th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments