Understanding Teenage Brain Development, UK, Friday, 01. February 2019

*** This Event Is Open To Coventry City Council Staff ONLY ***Two Workshops:
Friday 1st February (1330 - 1700) - Diamond Room 2, Council House, Coventry
Wednesday 20th February (1300 - 1630) - Room M1.3, Friargate, Coventry
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Adolescence is the period in human growth and development that occurs after childhood and before adulthood,from ages 10 to 19. It represents one of the critical transitions in the life span and is characterised by a tremendous pace in growth and change that is second only to that of infancy.
Adolescence is a window of opportunity for developing a better, smarter, faster brain. It is the time when the brainbecomes more efficient and develops more advanced skills. But it can also be a time of missed opportunitiesand vulnerabilities if a teen does not challenge her/his brain or exposes the brain to neurotoxins, such as alcohol,tobacco, and drugs. Similar to what happens in early childhood, adolescent brain development is a period of ‘use itor lose it’. Brain connections that are stimulated and used repeatedly grow stronger while unused connectionswither away. How teens spend their time – their activities and experiences – influences both the organization andalso the capacity of the brain.
The aims of this session delivered by the Family Nurse Partnership team in Coventry in conjunction withCoventry Children’s Services Principal Social Worker and the FNP National Unit are to:
• Define adolescence (age range).• Refresh and revise together knowledge about the development of the adolescent brain.• Explore the positives and challenges of the developing adolescent brain.• Consider and try out the implications for practice.• An opportunity to reflect a personal plan for embedding learning into practice.

Friday, 01. February 2019, UK, Understanding Teenage Brain Development

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