Janey Downshire, co-founder of Teenagers Translated, an author and experienced counsellor, has spoken to parents from across the region in a lecture at St Olave's School.
The audience learned about the relationship between brain structure and hormones in regulating behaviour, emotions and responses, which are largely based around ‘fight, flight and freeze’ in the adolescent brain.
Janey explained that the processes of separation from parents, socialisation with peers and more confident risk taking all contribute to the very significant psychological changes everybody undergoes between the ages of 10 and 19.
Janey concluded her talk with guidance on facilitating an environment where teenage anxiety is managed in healthy and sustainable ways rather than through quick fixes which can often be counterproductive.
Dr Alastair Dunn, Senior Deputy Head at St Peter’s, said: “We were delighted to welcome Janey to talk to us about this important and relevant topic. She spoke with real clarity and authority on this most complex of subjects and offered plenty of practical advice on supporting teenagers through what can be difficult years. We are so grateful to Janey for coming along and sharing her wisdom with us.”
You can view a list of upcoming Public Lectures at St Peter's here.