Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Understand your Teen Better--Free Webinar July 17th on Adolescent Brain Development

The Ins and Outs of Adolescent Brain Development

Thursday, July 17 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. Eastern


Why do teenagers act the way they do? Some of the reasons for common adolescent behaviors, such as risk-taking and making less-than-wise decisions sometimes, relate back to their brain development. The prefrontal cortex, which controls higher-order thinking abilities, is not fully developed until very late in adolescence. Understanding adolescent brain development and finding ways to help teens develop good decision-making skills are important ways that adults support healthy adolescent brain development. In this introduction to adolescent brain development, we will focus on the development (and under-development) of various parts of the brain, the ways this brain development affects behavior, and ways to support adolescents as they finish the crucial period of brain development.

In this session, you will learn about:
·  The prefrontal cortex and its role in decision-making
·  The timeline of typical adolescent brain development
·  Behaviors that indicate immature brain development in adolescents
·  Strategies adults can use to help adolescents make better decisions

Presenter:
The presenter is Dr. Diane Bales, Associate Professor and Extension Human Development Specialist in the Department of Human Development and Family Science at the University of Georgia, and co-leader and content expert for Better Brains for Babies.  The webinar is sponsored by Better Brains for Babies at UGA.

Audience:
This 60-minute webinar is intended for parents, grandparents, foster parents, professionals, and paraprofessionals who work with or care for adolescents, as well as professionals who support families with adolescents.

How to Attend the Web Conference:
·  The webinar will take place on the Blackboard Collaborate system. To join the session, go to 
·  Please note that Java is required for Collaborate to run, so make sure you have the latest version installed by running the Java check
·  Before the session begins, please run the system check on the computer you will be using to join the session.
·  If you have not participated in a Collaborate session before, and would like to know more about the system, you can view a participant orientation presentation.
·  A certificate of attendance will be emailed to interested participants who attend the entire webinar live and complete a request for a certificate within 24 hours of completing the webinar. Instructions for requesting certificates will be provided at the end of the webinar for those who have attended the entire session.. 
·  A recording of the web conference and additional resources will be available a few days after the session. 
·  If you have questions about the webinar, please send them to info@bbbgeorgia.org. To learn more about Better Brains for Babies (BBB), please visit the BBB website. 

Weblink with Webinar information:
http://www.gahsc.org/ms/2014/du20140627_Adolescent_Brain_Development.html

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