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Recorded on Wednesday, November 2, 2016

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This presentation will explore the correlation between normal adolescent development patterns and susceptibility to addiction. There is a strong relationship between risk taking impulse and ability to monitor those impulses. Adolescent brains develop new sets of connections that help teens to better understand social behaviors, cues, and the complexities of relationships. Beginning with age 14, the brain is mature for risk taking behaviors, but immature for understanding or controlling them. To illustrate this relationship, participants will be invited to participate in some interactive activities. These exercises demonstrate the interesting and dangerous trajectory between risk taking behaviors and advanced cognitive skill. The presentation is appropriate for behavioral health professionals who currently work with adolescents or who plan to do so.

Learning Objectives
  • Demonstrate an understanding of basic neurological developmental concepts of adolescent development.
  • Explain how the adolescent risk trajectory correlation illustrates greater potential for susceptibility to addiction.
  • Apply age appropriate interventions using class materials and handouts.

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Elizabeth Donnellan, MEd, ABD, FT, holds a Bachelor of Science in Music Education and a Master of Education in School and Mental Health Psychology; and has been teaching at Kaplan University for over 13 years in the psychology department. During this time, she has worked with many students who were interested in working in the addictions and behavior health field. She enjoys using her extensive experience as a school counselor, mental health therapist, addictions professional, rape/crisis therapy, trauma counseling, addictions clinical supervision and prevention training specialist in mentoring students. She has published textbooks and articles as well as presented at international, national, and state research conferences. She is an active presenter for NAADAC CEU series, consultant in addiction program administration, and professor of addictions science for Kaplan University.

Who Should Attend

Addiction professionals, employee assistance professionals, social workers, mental health counselors, professional counselors, psychologists, and other helping professionals that are interested in learning about addiction-related matters.

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