Tackling The Tough Stuff


An all-day CPYU seminar tackling the tough teen issues of suicide, depression, self-injury, narcissism and pornography.


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Seminar description:

Traveling the road from childhood to adulthood has never been an easy venture. In today’s increasingly complex world, growing through the years of adolescence is especially difficult and confusing. The culture throws all kinds of tough challenges at kids. . . challenges that pull them away from the flourishing that comes by choosing to live in God’s story, while encouraging them to live in stories that lead to difficulty and heartache.

This one-day CPYU training seminar will equip you to help the children and teens you know and love navigate some of the most pervasive and difficult problems thrown at them by the world today. Youth specialists Walt Mueller and Marv Penner will help you unpack and respond to the tough stuff in kids’ lives, including the push to focus on one’s self, the growing problem of self-injury, the pervasiveness of pornography, and depression and suicide. You will leave with practical hope-filled strategies for equipping kids to hear and follow God’s voice in the midst of a world that bombards them with tough stuff.

Seminar Presenters:
Marv Penner

Dr. Marv Penner heads up All About Youth and the National Center for Excellence in Youth Ministry. In addition to his teaching, speaking, and writing, Marv specializes in adolescent conflict resolution, sexual abuse recovery, eating disorders, self-injury, and marriage and family issues. He is the author of several books, including Help! My Kids are Hurting, and Hope and Healing for Kids Who Cut. 

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Dr. Walt Mueller, is the founder and President of the Center for Parent/Youth Understanding. He is a youth ministry veteran, researcher, writer, and speaker who has been offering insight and analysis on youth culture for over 25 years. He is the author of several books, including the award-winning Youth Culture 101, Engaging the Soul of Youth Culture, and The Space Between.

General Seminar Schedule:

tough_stuff_title_black 8:00 – 8:30 – Registration
8:30 – 9:30 – Welcome to a World of Tough Stuff
9:45 – 10:45 – Tough Stuff 1: Narcissism
11:00 – Noon – Tough Stuff 2: Self-Injury
Noon – 1:15 – Lunch
1:15 – 2:15 – Tough Stuff 3: Pornography
2:30 – 3:30 – Tough Stuff 4: Depression and Suicide
3:45 – 5:00 –Ministering in the Midst of Tough Stuff, Q and A

Click here for information on hosting a Tackling the Tough Stuff seminar.