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.
Professional workshop: Prior to the recent pandemic, teens were already suffering with historic levels of anxiety, depression and suicidal behaviors, on average up by approximately 50% over fifty years. Following the pandemic those numbers have exploded by another fifty to seventy percent! This has resulted in educational and mental health personnel being overwhelmed and unprepared for this new level of challenge.
This seminar is designed to give those who work with teens the following critical tools:
Presented with thoughtfulness and humor, this seminar can be tailored to the specific needs and challenges of any audience, and can run from ninety minutes to three hours.
Parental/Professional workshop: Parenting teenagers has always been very challenging, but nothing like what contemporary parents are facing. The pandemic has caused an already skyrocketing level of adolescent challenges and suffering to explode into numbers never experienced by any prior generation of teens. Dr. Bradley’s realistic yet light-hearted workshop provides parents with the critical insights to first, understand their kids’ brains, their overwhelming world and their unprecedented challenges. Then Doc Mike provides ten straightforward coaching principles to help parents to not only survive these difficult years, but to enrich their relationships with their teens to help them to flourish, even in these turbulent times. Presented with empathy and humor, this seminar can be tailored to the specific needs and challenges of any audience, and can run from ninety minutes to three hours.
Parental/Professional workshop: A few decades ago, tobacco was not only proclaimed as being non-addictive and harmless by manufacturers who knew better but was being craftily promoted as being “cool” to teenagers, enslaving millions in toxic addiction. Another adolescent disaster of misinformation is now attacking teens, where they are seeing decriminalization and legalization of weed as proof of its safety. Join with Dr. Bradley as he explains how marijuana seriously damages and enslaves fragile adolescent brains and shows what parents can do to help their kids avoid this dangerous drug. This serious but lighthearted seminar can be tailored for parents and/or professionals and can run from ninety minutes to three hours.
Should you bribe your kid to be respectful, perform chores or do schoolwork? The research says yes; and no; and maybe. This neuro-science based seminar helps parents and professionals sort out the confusing science of adolescent motivation and offers a simple model to create effective motivational approaches adaptable to the individual needs of each child. Serious but lighthearted, this seminar can be tailored for parents and/or professionals and can run from ninety minutes to three hours.
Each speech is tailored to meet the needs of the sponsoring organization to address mission-relevant concerns or topics.
Have other teen concerns? Contact Dr. Bradley to discuss creating a program tailor-made
for your specific needs
"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.'
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