Searching for the Lost Boys: Discovering the Hidden World of Teenage Boys
– Presented by Mark Edwards, LMFT
Wed March 2, 2022 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pmFree
2022 Raising Healthy Families Community Education Series
Recent studies suggest that teenage boys are 30 percent more likely to drop out of school, are much more likely to be taking a prescription drug for attentional issues, and are academically outperformed by girls at all levels starting in elementary school. At the university level, young men are increasingly outnumbered by young women. Adolescent boys struggle with connection and intimacy, and appear to be turning to video games and online pornography as easy answers to a complex problem.
This presentation will explain the unique social and developmental struggles of teenage boys, and the social factors that contribute to these concerns. The presenter will also suggest useful parenting strategies to help improve the social, developmental, and emotional lives of boys.
Mark Edwards, LMFT, is a psychotherapist, trainer, teacher, and consultant. He has maintained a private practice in San Rafael since 2000 and works with a broad client group of children, adolescents, and adults. He has been a member of adjunct faculty of the Master’s Program in Counseling at Sonoma State University for more than 10 years, and was formerly Assistant Clinical Director at the Community Institute for Psychotherapy, where he continues to supervise and teach Post-Master and Pre-Doctoral interns. Mark was an early adopter of internet technology and is keenly aware of the clinical implications of this rapid shift in communication, leisure, and information.