About Youth Effectiveness Training
I Adore Teaching Teens
Y.E.T. is a communication skills course that can make a profound difference in relationships for teens 12-18. While academic achievement may open doors to university or employment, social skills and emotional awareness are often what help individuals thrive.
Participants learn skills like:
Confrontation -- Kids learn to assert themselves in a way that reduces the chance that others will get defensive; to effectively deal with resistance; and to reassert to get heard.
Active Listening -- Teens are guided through multiple scenarios so they can hone this important skill of responding so others feel understood.
Problem-Solving -- The Y.E.T. method works because of the underlying belief that people only act to fulfill valid needs. Participants practice how to make sure everyone wins while resolving a conflict.
Y.E.T. Makes Sense Even in Busy Hong Kong
The 18 hour Y.E.T. course is worth the investment of time if you consider how much energy is spent when a teen:
- Worries about a friend’s silent treatment
- Argues over the same issue with a parent
- Feels nervous about asking a teacher for his (already late) recommendation
- Complains that one of her group members is not pulling her weight on a school project
Y.E.T. participants learn how to approach these and many more problems in ways that bring about the desired change while maintaining smooth relationships.
How Y.E.T. Is Taught
As a certified instructor, I facilitate the standardized course developed by three-time, Nobel Peace Prize nominee Thomas Gordon.
Y.E.T. is relevant, interactive, utterly practical and fun. Kids improve self-awareness through reflection and games. They practice skills through role-playing in pairs and small groups. They improve their ability to identify and express emotions without acting on them (this is the emotional self-regulation we all strive for!).
Participants are each given a skill book. Other learning tools include card decks (including needs, feelings and achievements); role-playing guides; ears and lips props for listening exercises; and music and video clips.
There are 12 sessions, 90 minutes each. (Total hours: 18)
Y.E.T. is for youth ages 12-18. Classes hold a maximum number of 16 participants (minimum 12).
The cost of the course is 3150 HKD. The second sibling is 10% off (2835 HKD); the third is 20% off (2520 HKD).
Requirement: Parents of participants must attend a 45 min info session. Y.E.T. is most successful when teens are supported at home and when parents understand the nature of the work that’s being done.
To find out more about Youth Effectiveness Training, visit the Gordon Training International website's Y.E.T. page!