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Communicate and Connect: Reduce Your Teen’s Risky Behavior

May 02, 2023 12:30 pm EDT/EST

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  • Yes, it’s prom season with graduation right around the corner. But really, the chances are you worry about your teen engaging in risky behavior throughout the year. Studies show that youth who feel they can talk with their parents are 42% less likely to engage in risky behaviors such as promiscuity, using substances and aggression toward others. However, it’s easy to have breakdowns when talking with teens, especially about their struggles. Peace At Home founder, Ruth E. Freeman, LCSW and seasoned adolescent clinician and founder of UAreHeard, Marc Lehman, LMFT discovers how to communicate with your tween or teen by applying strategies that work. Bring your questions and get answers on the spot.
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After this discussion, you will be able to:

  • Identify why teens engage in risky behavior
  • Recognize ways in which you can help guide your teen toward safe choices while still respecting autonomy 
  • Communicate effectively with your teen to decrease the chances of risky behavior

Meet your Instructors

Ruth Freeman

Mental Health, School Age, Relationships,


Marc Lehman

Adolescents, Mental Health,



  • communication
  • independence
  • mental health
  • rules/routines
  • teens

Age Category

  • Teens & Young Adults
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