Dr. Michael J. Bradley is a practicing adolescent psychologist, an award-winning author, and a charismatic public speaker who has enthused standing-room-only crowds from Connecticut to California. He charms audiences with wit, wisdom, compassion, and humility, speaking from the heart, and drawing on the experiences gained in his 30-year professional career. He is equally popular with parents, teachers, counseling professionals, and of course, with teenagers themselves. Professionally, he’s worked with students, parents, and teachers for 30 years.
Dr. Bradley gives parents real-world advice, strategies, and methods they can put to use to achieve immediate results. He takes you inside your teenager’s head and shows you why teens think and behave the way they do. He shows you how to restore lines of communication, transform relations with your teen, and make your family whole again.
Each speech is tailored to meet the needs of the sponsoring organization to address mission-relevant concerns or topics. Approximately 45-60 minutes.
Professional workshop: This professionally-focused seminar has three objectives: (1) Examine recent neurological science which radically redefines our understanding of adolescence; (2) review current cultural trends that traumatically impact teenagers and their families; (3) offer a model of working with teens that incorporates their neurological and cultural needs. Presented in a lighthearted and entertaining fashion, this workshop also includes a 30-minute interactive problem-solving Q&A session. (3 hrs with CEU credits)
Professional workshop: This is an expanded version of the above workshop, with the second three hours exclusively devoted to interactively addressing common problems of counseling/therapy with adolescents and their families. Topics include resistance, denial, rage, confidentiality, dangerousness, and effective intervention techniques. (6 hrs with CEU credits)
A few decades ago cigarettes were not only proclaimed as harmless by manufacturers who knew better, but were craftily promoted as being “cool” to teenagers, enslaving millions in toxic addiction. Another adolescent disaster of misinformation now awaits, where teens are seeing decriminalization and legalization of weed as proof of its safety. Join with Dr. Bradley as he explains how marijuana seriously damages fragile adolescent brains, and what parents can do to help their kids avoid this drug. (2 hours; parents and/or professionals)
Should you bribe your kid to be respectful, perform chores or do schoolwork? The research says yes; and no; and maybe. This lighthearted yet critical seminar helps parents and professionals sort out the confusing science of adolescent motivation and offers a simple model to create effective approaches based on the individual needs of each child. (2 or 4 hours; parents and/or professionals)
Anxiety and depression in adolescents can now be considered an epidemic with reliable data showing a stunning 400% increase over five decades. In this riveting and uplifting seminar Dr. Bradley explores the astonishing causes of this crisis, and more importantly, teaches parents and professionals how the “vaccine” of resilience can be fostered in teenagers. (2, 4, or 6 hours; parents and/or professionals)
To help parents cope with the often crazy teen years, Dr. Bradley offers a funny, scary, and empowering session that includes 30-45 minutes of Q&A (which he refers to as “quarrels and arguments”). (90-120 minutes)
Parents and kids come together for a joint program designed to facilitate teen/parent communication.
"WOW! Dr. Bradley dazzled a group of almost 500 parents of teenagers here in south Orange County, California. Thank you so much for all of your help getting this program to happen. My head is still in the clouds. We are always happy to have 25 people show up for PTA events so to have almost 500 show up is astounding. I collected an evaluation form from about 30% of the crowd. I haven't studied them yet, but at first glance the program was rated off the charts and exceeded all expectations. Again, thanks for your help and support of our event."
"We were fortunate to have Dr. Bradley come to the Michigan PTSA annual convention to be one of our keynotes, as well as a workshop presenter. I wish Mike could be cloned so that as many people as possible could benefit from his expertise! Mike's kindly humor and calming demeanor made listening to him an absolute pleasure, kind of like a hot fudge sundae for the soul! We received so many wonderful comments on Mike, but they all said pretty much the same thing - Where has he been for the past (fill in the blank) years, and when can he come back?"
“I can't tell you how broadly people smile when they talk about your presentation Dr. Bradley. It's amazing how many Dads have had such an immediate response to parenting issues. The hope and encouragement are downright infectious! Some of our council members who have young children now asked if we could bring you back in a few years, when their kids are at the teenage stage. I told them I'd organize it in a heartbeat, if council wants to do it again! We'll try to bring you out next time with better weather.”
"I just wanted to let you know how much your book and your visit to our school to talk with parents and teachers has catapulted our efforts to reach parents, and how much we have learned from your book, Yes, Your Teen is Crazy! We are learning to reach out to them from the perspective you gave in your book. It has helped to change families and to change lives. Thank you again, Dr. Bradley and anytime you want to come back, you are more than welcome!"
'All the disagreements between my 15-year-old daughter and me had escalated into loud, face-to-face confrontations with me issuing ultimatums and my daughter stomping off to her room yelling as she went up the stairs. One day, my wife pulled me aside and told me our high school district offered classes or seminars specifically designed to help parents communicate with their teens and that there was one being offered the next evening. I immediately agreed to go and hoped for the best. The following evening changed not only my life but that of everyone in my family. Dr. Mike Bradley was the speaker at Glenbard High School District’s “Navigating Healthy Families” session. Dr. Bradley started out by describing dysfunctional parenting skills and why they don’t work. He explained everything using real-world examples and I left the meeting feeling like I had a chance to change things with my daughter. That night, I also bought Dr. Bradley’s’ book, Yes, Your Teen is Crazy. This, for me, is the absolute Bible on how to understand the world your teen is living in and how to begin to communicate. Within two weeks of that seminar, I could start to feel some changes. After two months, all the stress in the house was gone. By four months, I was receiving notes from both my daughters thanking me for my efforts. The most surprising part is that only one person in the house really changed and that was me. I realized I had two pretty solid kids. I learned what to ignore, sort of, and how to identify issues that needed more attention. I also learned nothing is more important than raising our kids to be healthy, responsible, self-reliant young adults. For me, the message and method used by Dr. Bradley was the first effective tool that opened the door through which I was able to begin reaching my teens.'
Dr. Michael J. Bradley Adolescent Psychologist
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