A-02 - The Amazing Adolescent Brain: Opportunities and Vulnerabilities   Intermediate

  Trauma   Health   Mental Health

The adolescent brain is a work-in-progress. Dr. Chamberlain begins with an overview of the building blocks of the brain to demonstrate how adolescence is a critical window of opportunity in brain development. Focusing on the areas of the brain that show the most profound changes during adolescence, she engages the audience to understand how these changes influence adolescents’ emotions, learning, decision-making, and behaviors. Vulnerability of the adolescent brain to alcohol and other substances is explored and the implications of other adversities including dating violence are discussed. Practical strategies for improving communication, maximizing healthy brain development and minimizing stress and conflict are woven throughout the presentation. Translating science into practice, Dr. Chamberlain highlights best practices that are making a difference for adolescents and families.

Learning Objectives:
1. Identify three major changes that are occurring in the adolescent brain.
2. Describe three strategies for communicating more effectively with teens.
3. Explain how the adolescent brain is more vulnerable to the effects of stress, substance abuse and other adversities.
4. Discuss two brain-based strategies that can be integrated into the services that you or your agency provide to adolescents.