Teen relationships topic of workshop next week

Brad Henning of Puyallup, Wash. will be back in Williams Lake April 17 and 18 to talk about teenage relationships.

Brad Henning of Puyallup, Wash. will be back in Williams Lake April 17 and 18 to talk about teenage relationships.

“He’s been working with high school- and college-aged students for more than 30 years working and speaking to them about relationships. He talks about how healthy relationships can be and how teenagers and young adults can prepare themselves for future long-lasting fun marriages,” says Cecilia Schaubroeck who has invited Henning to speak in Williams Lake.

In his presentation, Henning describes the differences between men and women’s needs and desires and how they each feel and communicate about love, life and relationships.

“They will learn why they feel so hurt and disappointed and betrayed by what they are experiencing and what can be done to change it,” says Schaubroeck, adding Henning delivers a humourous and fast-paced presentation and uses stories, illustrations and letters from youths to enable the audience to understand what is happening in relationships.

Schubroeck has heard him speak two times before and both times felt the youth in the audience enjoyed his presentation.

“He hits on some very important things. I don’t want to give his whole talk away, but he lets them know that the average relationship in high school lasts six months. There is bound to come a time when a relationship will have to end,” she says, adding in one scenario he cautions girls to be very careful about how they end a relationship because there’s a tendency for girl to hold everything in. In another example, he cautions that the way people speak to each other can have a lasting impact on a person’s body image.

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“He touches on lots of important things. He’s very entertaining and does receive thousands of letters that he draws from in his presentation. He’s not preachy, the information speaks for itself,” she says. He visited Williams Lake Secondary in 2009 and Schaubroeck says he was well-received by both students and staff.

“There were lots of positive comments,” she adds. Henning will be speaking at Thompson Rivers University Williams Lake campus on April 17 at 7 p.m. Admission is $5. It will also be held at Cariboo Bethel Church on April 18 at  7 p.m., by donation at the door.

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