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Parents of Adolescents and Teens

PEPS Program for parents of adolescents and teens

Adolescence, known as the transitional phase of growth and development between childhood and adulthood, is a time of great opportunity and risk, and vulnerability. Both parents and adolescents need empowering support, research-driven information and resources, and community during this period of newness and rapid changes.

PEPS is now offering a program for Parents of Adolescents and Teens (PAT). Parents and caregivers gather weekly to connect, learn in community, and find support. Each meeting is led by a Group Leader trained in adolescent development and group facilitation, and the PAT curriculum has been developed specifically for this program and community.

Register today to secure your spot!

REGISTER FOR A PAT GROUP

Not available for a group at this time? Fill out our PAT Interest Form to share input and help PEPS create PAT Program options that will better suit your needs. 


Participants can select between a four-week and nine-week program.

Four-week PAT Groups focus on one specific theme, with each week exploring a different topic within that theme. View a list of the four-week session themes.

Nine-week PAT Groups cover a wider range of topics and themes. There are 4 pre-determined topic discussions, an opportunity to meet in -person, followed by 4 additional topic discussions selected by the group participants. 

Program Details

Who Attends: The PAT Program is open to solo parents and caregivers, couples, and co-parents caring for children aged 10 - 19 years. PAT Groups are open to families living anywhere in the US. Adult participants attend without adolescents and teens in attendance, with up to 10 families participating in each group.  

Participants can choose between joining a PAT Group with parents raising middle schoolers (10 – 14 years), high schoolers (15-19 years), or spanning the whole age range (10 – 19 years). Registrants may select a group based on their child’s age or the schedule that works best for their family. For those with children spanning the 10-19 age range, select the group that works best for you. 

What: Each meeting is led by a PAT Group Leader trained in adolescent development and group facilitation. The PAT curriculum has been developed specifically for this program and community.  

Samples of discussion topics offered: 

  • Foundations of parenting adolescents
  • Adolescent brain development
  • Adolescent mental health
  • Effectively communicating with adolescents
  • Adolescents and substances
  • Identity development
  • Gender identity development
  • Sex and sexuality
  • The social world of adolescents
  • The online world of adolescents

And many more!

Where: PAT Groups are offered virtually. Groups are not neighborhood-based and may include families living across the country. Registrants will receive a Zoom meeting link, ID, and password upon registration via email. A limited number of Groups will be offered in person in the Seattle area. 

Cost*: We offer Flexible Pricing for all groups.

Length: 2 hours, once a week, for four or nine consecutive weeks, depending on your registration. All group times are listed in Pacific Standard Time.

Four-week PAT Groups meet for four consecutive weeks of facilitated sessions.

Nine-week PAT Groups meet for four PEPS-facilitated meetings with an opportunity to meet in person during the fifth week. Participants can alternatively opt to meet via Zoom without a facilitator during this break between facilitated sessions. The group will then resume meeting online for four consecutive weeks. 


 Register today to secure your spot!

Register for a PAT Group

* Cost includes a non-refundable registration fee of $20 or 10% of the program fee, whichever is less. In the case of changes or cancellations, please visit our FAQs page for the PEPS Cancellation and Refund Policy.


Learn more about our PAT Program and find resources

Spread the word about our PAT Program

Download a flyer and share it electronically or print it off to share in local gathering places such as community centers, coffee shops, and family-friendly businesses.  

Bring the PAT Program to your community

PEPS is offering a free 1-hour introductory workshop to help school communities, organizations, and affinity groups learn more about the program and get a glimpse into the PAT Group participant experience. Contact us at for details!

Questions? Check out our FAQs, call PEPS at (206) 547-8570, or email us at registration@peps.org.

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