Essential Proteen Author Provides Insights Into Her Life Skills Program for Teens

Essential Proteen Author Provides Insights Into Her Life Skills Program for Teens
Mia Adler (photo)

Mia Adler Ozair (formerly Mia Sharon Adler) provides insightful and practical information about her easy-to-use life skills program for teens in this recent interview for Research Press. Essential Proteen: A Life Skills Program for Helping Teens Succeed has been accepted by the American School Counseling Association (ASCA) as a professional resource.

What do you believe are the major issues and challenges teens face today?

Some of the issues that teens face today are age-old and ever-lasting. For example, deciding on whom to associate with, how to navigate relationships with parents, family, and friends, and decisions surrounding peer pressure on matters of sex, drugs, and general behavior are all still prevalent. Today, however, teens face a remarkable new set of challenges relating to internet exposure and social media interaction. Things like easy access to adult information, pornography, and cyber-bullying are very real and can play a damaging role in the lives of teens. The role of the Essential Proteen program is to build up a teen’s sense of self-understanding so that he or she will feel strong enough to make thoughtful and responsible decisions when facing any of the above mentioned challenges.

What are some ways that teachers and parents can better support teens?

Communication is key. Most teens, if they know they will be met with an open heart and a non-judgmental ear, will reach out for help to teachers, counselors, and/or parents. Our job to support teens is to, at the most basic level; let them know we are there for them unconditionally and that whatever situation is presenting itself will be dealt with fairly and with care.

In what ways can a school, program, or community center implement the Essential Proteen program?

The beauty of this program is that it is highly flexible and can be woven in to almost any environment. Although the units are inter-related, they are not dependent upon each other and therefore can be presented as an entire course or based upon one specific unit. I’ve seen the program offered independently through counseling centers in schools or community programs, as well as integrated into a health or other academic course. The program is also excellent in small group format or as a tool for one-on-one coaching with a teen to help structure the work together.

What was your motivation for creating the Essential Proteen program?

I love teens and the period of adolescent development. So much is taking place in the lives of teens that will mold them as they enter adulthood. My goal with the program is to teach essential life skills that can help create strong, responsible individuals. Many of the mistakes that teens make are simply because they didn’t know better or have a tool box with great tools and skills to choose from. This course changes all of that. This course empowers teens to make educated decisions that will support them as they mature in life.

What would you say is the most profound feedback you have heard about the Essential Proteen program?

There are many testimonials on the Research Press website that I love reviewing. When I have a student come to me or write to me telling me that this program will enable them to work towards their dreams and goals, and that the skills they have learned through this program had a life-changing impact, to me that is what it is all about. To see those light-bulb moments while teaching the course, to have teachers share with me the insights their students reveal through the journal—it can’t get any better than that!

About the Author

Mia Adler Ozair is a certified educator with experience in both formal and informal learning environments. In addition, she is both a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) and a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) in Los Angeles, California. She is also a professional writer with numerous articles published, as well as having published a life-skills curriculum for teens and her most recent ebook Insider's Secrets: How to Choose an Exceptional Therapist (and How to Avoid the Bad Ones), which is available for free at Adler is frequently sought after as mental health expert for print, online, radio, and TV.

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