Caroll Badran, MPH

Adolescent Brain Development & Risk-Taking
One day an adolescent may behave like a well-functioning young adult, and the next day like someone has taken over his/her body, acting completely different. Is this normal behavior?  Why is this occurring? Explore why this happens by focusing on what is going on in the brain during the period of adolescence into young adulthood. Examine how boys and girls are affected differently and what practitioners might anticipate from adolescents during this time period. Focus on adolescent risk-taking, both healthy and unhealthy, a natural part of adolescence. Discuss how you might approach young people differently, given what is happening physiologically within, as well as how to assist them to identify and choose healthier risk-taking behaviors.

Bullying: How to Deal with Bullying Behaviors
Explore immediate interventions for de-escalating and preventing bullying and other intimidating behaviors. Examine bullying behaviors in the context of other disruptive and violent behaviors. Discuss nonviolent communication methods to assess the underlying needs of bullying and to identify the consequences to allow for safe, alternative choices. Explore ways to model behaviors to meet underlying needs. Exercises and role playing illustrate and demonstrate these learning methods and tools.