Louise Flaherty – Tweens: preparing for the growing up years

Tweens: preparing for the growing up years

Louise Flaherty

Session type: Regular forum session

Key words: Teens, Transitions, Rites of Passage, Nature, Self, Identity


“How can I survive in this world?”: for our Tweens (9-12 year olds), there is often a time of immense change inwardly and externally as they start to leave their childhood and realise that they need to stand on their own feet to think & act for themselves.

Understanding life from the perspective of this age group; their inner selves, their interests and talents, autonomy, concept of ‘growing up’, comradery and mentorship within their community, as well as the supports & Rites of Passage preparation that educators, parents and program facilitators can offer them will be discussed in an experiential learning format.

About the presenter/s

Louise Flaherty delivers retreats & workshops for young men & women, their parents & educators, utilising Rites of Passage frameworks, experiential learning, and sexuality gender diversity concepts.

Louise currently runs a counselling private practice in Moana on the Fleurieu Peninsula in South Australia, and is the founder and lead facilitator of little big bush camps, workshops and bush retreats focused on assisting young people and their supports in connection with self and others.