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Adolescent Brain Development and Adverse Choices

STC: 0920-020315

Sexually, adolescents mature about two years earlier than they did 100 years ago. Today’s children find themselves in grown-up bodies earlier than in past decades, and their psycho-social and cognitive skills are not as developed as their bodies. This course gives participants guidelines in relating to differing adolescent age groups. The 12 to 15 year-old teen is very different from the 16 to 18 year-old. Drug and alcohol use, chaotic families, mental and learning disorders, and the experience(s) of trauma, all impact the adolescent’s ability to understand and comply with court-ordered and parental guidelines. Using the developmental data, learners acquire communication skills that are highly effective.