Adolescent Brain Development and Substance Use Disorders

The Adolescent Brain and Substance Use Disorders covers the developmental vulnerability of adolescents and the unique brain development and biology of adolescents. Shane applies this information to the difficulties adolescents experience with emotions, motivation, and stress.

Scientists have learned that it takes a brain about 25 years to fully develop. One can consider the teen brain is not yet able to perform at optimal adult levels. A huge burst of development happens during adolescence, and that burst can explain a lot of unpredictable – and sometimes risky – teen behavior.

The development of the adolescent brain and behavior are closely linked. The prefrontal cortex, which could be called the ‘voice of reason’ in the teen brain, isn’t as influential as those parts that place a higher emphasis on emotion, excitement and short-term reward. Unfortunately, developing brains are generally more prone to damage. This means that experimentation with drugs and alcohol can have lasting, harmful effects on a teen’s health.

Educational Objectives

After attending the course, a participant will be able to:

• Discuss basic biological and brain-related changes that occur during adolescence and how these changes influence adolescent thinking and behavior
• Describe cognitive changes that occur during adolescence and how adolescents’ thinking increases their likelihood of risk-taking and engaging in unsafe behavior
• Discuss how adolescents develop identity and other key social developmental milestones of adolescence
• Apply key factors that promote healthy youth development and how to implement these features in working with teens

Available Continuing Education:

— 6 hours —

Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES)

Certified Public Health (CPH)

DMH-Addiction Therapist

DMH- Community Support Specialist

DMH- IDD

DMH-Licensed Administrator

DMH-Mental Health Therapist

Mississippi Association of Addiction Professionals (MAAP)

NBCC/LPC

Social Work

 

Presenter

Shane Garrard

Location

MSPHI

829 Wilson Drive Suite C
Ridgeland MS 39157

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Date

Oct. 23, 2018

Time

9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Presenter

Shane Garrard

Location

MSPHI

829 Wilson Drive Suite C
Ridgeland MS 39157

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