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What’s Your Kid’s “One Thing?”

By |2019-03-05T20:57:16+00:00March 22nd, 2019|Today's Teenager Podcast Episode|

In this episode, Roy explores how the concept of "the one thing" can enhance working with teens and other young people. The notion of "the one thing" suggests that success can be found by applying greater focus and direction towards a singular goal or aspect of a person's [...]

Roy Talks With Catholic Educator And Author, Jared Dees

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

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 [...]

Roy Shares His TEDx Journey

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

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 [...]

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

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

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 [...]

How to Accompany LGBTQ Teens, Part 1

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

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 [...]

Teen Suicide: Seeing The Signs To Prevent The Sorrow

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

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 [...]

Religion As A Coping Resource For Teens

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

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 [...]

Communicating Vs. Connecting With Teens

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

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 [...]

Engaging In Hard Conversations With Teens

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

  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 [...]

Summer Is An Opportunity To Connect With Teens

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

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 [...]