The Ins and Outs of Adolescent Brain Development

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Better Brains for Babies is hosting an online training of interest to volunteer guardians ad litem, program staff and anyone with adolescents.

Join them on Thursday, July 17, 2014 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM for The Ins and Outs of Adolescent Brain Development webinar.

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.

The session will be presented by 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 event is free and will take place on the Blackboard Collaborate system. To join the session, visit the webinar page. We recommend that you visit the webinar page in advance of the event to ensure that your computer has the necessary free software installed.

Participants may receive one (1) hour of continuing education credit. Afterward, report your hours quickly and easily using our eForm.

We hope to see you there!

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Update
2014-07-19: added continuing education credit information
First Published July 12, 2014