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.

Roy Talks With Catholic Educator And Author, Jared Dees

Roy welcomes Catholic educator and author Jared Dees to Today's Teenager to discuss a variety of topics, including Jared's thoughts on how to effectively reach teens as a Catholic educator, the adults who influenced his own development, and what resources he recommends for Catholic educators.  Jared is digital [...]

By |2019-03-05T20:57:00+00:00March 19th, 2019|Today's Teenager Podcast Episode|0 Comments

Roy Shares His TEDx Journey

In this special episode of Today's Teenager, Roy shares his journey towards giving a TEDx presentation last month in Lafayette, Louisiana. Roy offers insight into his own creative processes and how they were challenged and refined by the strictures of a TEDx presentation.  Click here to watch Roy's full [...]

By |2019-03-05T20:55:40+00:00March 15th, 2019|Today's Teenager Podcast Episode|0 Comments

When Teens Ask “Why Does God Allow Bad Things To Happen?”

A question all people who work with or know young people will eventually hear is "why does God allow bad things to happen?" As Roy explains in this episode, this question is not an intellectual or theological one, but rather, an overture for a relationship with the person [...]

By |2019-03-05T20:55:08+00:00March 12th, 2019|Today's Teenager Podcast Episode|0 Comments

How to Accompany LGBTQ Teens, Part 1

In this first part of a 2-part series, Roy begins an exploration of the sensitive and critical issue of the LGBTQ spectrum. Roy begins the series by detailing what each of the terms in the spectrum (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning) means and how these terms relate to [...]

By |2019-03-05T20:54:35+00:00March 8th, 2019|Today's Teenager Podcast Episode|0 Comments

Teen Suicide: Seeing The Signs To Prevent The Sorrow

In the first in a two-part series on teen suicide, Roy confronts the epidemic of teenage suicide in the United States, beginning with a detailed examination of those mental health disorders that are most associated with suicidal tendencies. Roy also addresses the active and passive types of suicidal [...]

By |2019-03-05T20:53:48+00:00March 5th, 2019|Today's Teenager Podcast Episode|0 Comments

Religion As A Coping Resource For Teens

In this week's episode, Roy explores how the practice of religion, including elements like ritual and community, can enable teenagers to find comfort and encouragement in the ever-changing world in which they are growing up.  Roy explains how the predictability and sameness of ritual can provide a sense [...]

By |2019-03-05T20:52:57+00:00March 1st, 2019|Today's Teenager Podcast Episode|0 Comments

Communicating Vs. Connecting With Teens

In this episode of Today's Teenager, Roy explains the differences between communicating and connecting with teens. Roy suggests that when adults who work with teens or parents of teens say they want to learn to better communicate with teens, they're really seeking deeper connection. Roy offers three strategies [...]

By |2019-03-05T20:52:35+00:00February 26th, 2019|Today's Teenager Podcast Episode|0 Comments

Engaging In Hard Conversations With Teens

  In this first episode in a series on having hard conversations with teens, Roy discusses the "anatomy" of a difficult conversation with a young person on a topic that is sensitive, timely, and/or emotionally charged. Various factors can discussing such topics even more difficult, like a history [...]

By |2019-03-05T20:51:52+00:00February 22nd, 2019|Today's Teenager Podcast Episode|0 Comments

Summer Is An Opportunity To Connect With Teens

Summer marks the end of what is, for most parents and teens, a grueling academic year filled with a multitude of stressors like studying, school and athletic-related activities, not to mention the busy nature of work and family life. As Roy points out in this week's episode, the [...]

By |2019-03-05T20:51:10+00:00February 19th, 2019|Today's Teenager Podcast Episode|0 Comments

Helping Teens Integrate Their Compartmentalized Selves

  More and more parents today are saying their kid is one way at school but act a totally different way at home. Parents hear rave reviews from teachers about how kind, respectful and conscientious their teen is at school or in public, but parents are confused because [...]

By |2019-03-05T20:48:49+00:00February 15th, 2019|Today's Teenager Podcast Episode|0 Comments