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209 | Navigating Today’s Culture: Helping Parents Guide Teens and Adult Children

Family Health, Stepfamilies, Millennials, and Generation Z, Thursday 9/14 2:15 – 3:30 PM, Workshop Tracks


Jim Burns, Ph.D.



Approved For CE

Pastors, Pastoral Counselors, Lay Counselors, Coaches

Approved For CME/CEU




In the not-too-distant past, understanding teens and doing life with adult children seemed easier and much simpler. Today’s Gen Z and Millennials have been raised in a vastly different culture than previous generations, and many reject their parents’ morals and values. According to recent Barna research, many are straying from faith, with twice as many atheists in Gen Z than Millennials. Many parents, church leaders, and counselors are baffled by the choices this generation is making about key issues in their lives. In this workshop, ministry leaders will become students of this generation’s perspective and look for practical ways to help teens and young adults navigate this culture with practical ways to become responsible adults who love God and make good decisions.

Learning Objectives

1. Develop insight into the changing culture of today’s teens and emerging adults and learn eight principles to bring healthy boundaries and expectations to clients
2. Formulate ways to bring hope and healing to troubled teens and “adult child” relationships and list tools that can help teens and young adults when they violate parental values
3. Prepare to aid in the spiritual life of young adults and teens
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