As adult youth workers, it can be challenging to meet our youth where they are – especially since where they are (at least socially and emotionally) looks quite a bit different than even five years ago. In our rapidly changing world, it’s important to understand both the physical attributes of adolescence and the emotional state of today’s teens as they navigate the challenges of technology, relationships, and many other factors in their daily lives.
In Adolescent World, we will look at adolescent development, generational theory, how to help teens in crisis, and much more. This course includes reading, video teaching, and interactive discussion with other course participants.
Students are required to have the following books for this class:
- The Teenage Brain: A Neuroscientist’s Survival Guide to Raising Adolescents and Young Adults, by Frances E. Jensen, MD
- Ministry with Youth in Crisis, by Harley T. Atkinson, W. Lee Barnett, and Mike Severe
This course is eligible for 3.0 CEU.
About the Instructor
Lori Richey serves as the Youth and Young Adult Coordinator for the Timothy Circle at the Institute for Discipleship. She connects ministry organizations to the Timothy Circle in an effort to fully support young people as they hear and follow God’s call in their lives. She is also the Lead Coordinator for the IFD/YMI Professional Certification in Youth Ministry and teaches two of the four required courses.
Lori received her Youth Ministry certification from Perkins School of Theology in 2015 and served in local church youth ministry for ten years at Calvary UMC in Wichita, KS. She and her husband, Steve, have three adult children and are on a mission to visit all 60 US National Parks in their lifetime. Her favorite quote by John Muir, known as the Father of the National Parks, is “Oh, these vast, calm, measureless mountain days, days in whose light everything seems equally divine, opening a thousand windows to show us God.”