Tuning in to Teens™ (TINT)

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About This Program

Target Population: Parents of children and adolescents aged 10-18 years of age

For parents/caregivers of children ages: 10 – 18

Brief Description

TINT is a parenting program that focuses on emotions and is designed to assist parents to establish better relationships with their adolescents. TINT is based on the Tuning in to Kids ® parenting program. TINT teaches parents emotion coaching skills as well as ways of responding to their young person in a way that helps maintain a connected relationship. When adolescents are emotional, parents learn to notice the emotion, name it, show empathy, and then wait for the emotion to subside before trying to talk about the situation leading to the emotional experience and or what to do about it. The program emphasizes connecting and calming before talking about what to do next: this is critical to the success of this process. The program aims to prevent problems developing in adolescents, promote emotional competence (in parents and youth), and when present, reduce and treat problems with adolescent’s emotional and behavioral functioning. Delivery options range from a 6-session program in the community through to a 10-session program for clinical/high-need participants.

Program Goals:

The goals of Tuning in to Teens™ (TINT) are:

  • Increase parents' awareness/regulation of their own emotions and improve their emotional well-being
  • Reduce parents' dismissive or critical reactions to adolescents emotions
  • Increase parents' emotion coaching (i.e., supportive, scaffolding responses to emotions) skills with their adolescents
  • Improve parent-adolescent relationships and reduce conflict
  • Promote emotional competence in adolescents
  • Reduce emotional and behavioural difficulties in adolescents

Contact Information

Sophie Havighurst
Agency/Affiliation: Training Manager, Tuning in to Kids, Mindful, University of Melbourne
Website: www.tuningintokids.org.au
Phone: (613) 937-1021 x0
Fax: (613) 937-1025 x0

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: March 2016

Last CEBC Contact Date: March 2018

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: February 2018

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: May 2016