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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.

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

Helping Depressed Teens

  In this episode of Today's Teenager, Roy offers four tips that adults can employ in helping depressed teens. The first tip that Roy suggests is understanding that teenage depression is real and to validate that for teens. The second tip Roy recommends is that adults be patient with the [...]

By |2019-03-05T20:48:24+00:00February 12th, 2019|Today's Teenager Podcast Episode|0 Comments

Youth On The Margins

  In this episode, Roy addresses the problem of youth who, for various reasons, continue to struggle with mental health issues without receiving acknowledgement or adequate care.  Roy shares the alarming statistic that the second leading cause of death among adolescents today is suicide, a result of an [...]

By |2019-03-05T20:48:11+00:00February 8th, 2019|Today's Teenager Podcast Episode|0 Comments