top of page


Lighthouse Conversations: Being a Beacon for Teens

Lighthouse Conversations. Being a Beacon for Teens Book

Conversations that Guide Teens


Lighthouse Conversations: Being a Beacon for Teens provides adults with the theory, practical examples, and tools to guide teens through challenges using constructive and positive conversation.


Conversational tips are provided to:

  • convey empathy

  • support self-determination and autonomy

  • increase a teen’s motivation for change


Whether you are a family member, teacher, counsellor, coach, or an ally to a teen in your life, this book will increase your confidence to:

  • Support teenagers

  • Improve your relationships by communicating effectively

  • Prevent problems from becoming harmful

Start Today with A Life-Changing Resource


  • A 3-step framework, called Explore - Offer – Explore, to communicate more successfully with a teen.

Learn how listening to and exploring a teen’s perspective, respectfully delivering your message, so the teen internalizes it, and exploring how your message was perceived by the teen can transform your relationship.

  • Real stories and sample conversations to apply Motivational Interviewing (MI) in your daily interactions with teens.


Learn to develop collaborative partnerships, communicate acceptance, and focus on strengths.

  • Over 25 easy-to-use practical exercises, three quizzes, and 20 reflection questions.


Explore, understand, and directly apply MI into your everyday conversations with teens, including self-care tips to be able to communicate effectively with a teen.

What the experts say


Jennifer Ollis Blomqvist's Lighthouse Conversations: Being a Beacon for Teens provides parents, counselors, or other adults in the lives of teens with an excellent "how to guide" to improve how to have conversations that authentically connect, avoids conflicts or power struggles, and helps teens find their own impetus to decide and do what’s best for themselves. The practice activities provided throughout the book make the process of learning Motivational Interviewing (MI) in a self-affirming mindful way, easy.

Richard Rutschman, EdD, Co-author of Motivational Interviewing in Schools

Evidence-Based Methods

This book leverages Motivational Interviewing (MI) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to help teens showing signs of serious trouble, including suicidal behaviour, criminal activity, substance abuse, alcoholism/drinking problems, or school attendance issues.


​This book provides self-paced individual learning to support long-lasting positive change for teenagers and beyond (ages 12 to 21). As a resource for using MI to promote well-being for educators, families and social workers, this book provides a one-of-a-kind opportunity to invest in a teen's future using responsive, affordable, and prevention-focused practices.

bottom of page