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South Windsor Youth & Family Services and South Windsor Alliance for Families presents The Teenage Brain, Alcohol, and Ris...
The Brain
Adolescent Brain Development <ul><li>Develops from back to front </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Physical coordination (Cerebellum) ...
Adolescent Brain Development <ul><li>What Is The Impact </li></ul><ul><ul><li>difficulty holding back or controlling emoti...
The Brain
The Teenage Brain
Protecting The Brain
Alcohol & The Adolescent Brain <ul><li>Brain development guides behavior & behavior impacts brain development </li></ul><u...
Protecting The Teenage Brain <ul><li>Drinking alcohol is like… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Riding in a car without a seatbelt </...
Brain Chemistry
Alcohol & The Adolescent Brain <ul><li>Brain Chemistry </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Dopamine is key neurotransmitter for experien...
Brain Reward Centers
Why Parents Are More Important Than Ever <ul><li>We know they have the most influence </li></ul><ul><li>Parents Do Matter ...
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The Teenage Brain, Drinking & Risky Behavior - Part 1 in South Windsor, CT

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These are the slides that accompanied a presentation delivered in South Windsor, CT on January 29, 2010. The audio portion or podcast will be added to this presentation and will be available as a Slidecast at Slideshare. You can also listen to the audio at http://www.archive.org/details/AlcoholTheTeenageBrainRiskyBehavior-Part1
Contact the presenter at brown.christopher@ymail.com

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The Teenage Brain, Drinking & Risky Behavior - Part 1 in South Windsor, CT

  1. 1. South Windsor Youth & Family Services and South Windsor Alliance for Families presents The Teenage Brain, Alcohol, and Risky Behavior Presented by Christopher Brown School Psychologist & Licensed Professional Counselor Adjunct Instructor – Counseling & School Psychology Graduate Program, Southern Connecticut State University
  2. 2. The Brain
  3. 3. Adolescent Brain Development <ul><li>Develops from back to front </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Physical coordination (Cerebellum) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Emotion (Amygdala – midbrain) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Passionate, committed, but overreactive </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Motivation (Nucleus Acumbens – mid) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Not always directed at best priorities </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Judgment/Reasoning (Prefrontal Cortex) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Decisions, impulse control, forethought, planning </li></ul></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Adolescent Brain Development <ul><li>What Is The Impact </li></ul><ul><ul><li>difficulty holding back or controlling emotions, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>a preference for physical activity, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>a preference for high excitement and low effort activities (video games, dating, drugs, rock 'n' roll), </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>poor planning and judgment (rarely thinking of negative consequences), </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>more risky, impulsive behaviors, including experimenting with drugs and alcohol. </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. The Brain
  6. 6. The Teenage Brain
  7. 7. Protecting The Brain
  8. 8. Alcohol & The Adolescent Brain <ul><li>Brain development guides behavior & behavior impacts brain development </li></ul><ul><li>Alcohol disrupts normal/typical brain development </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Negative impact on memory centers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Negative impact on coping with normal pressure and managing social stressors </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Protecting The Teenage Brain <ul><li>Drinking alcohol is like… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Riding in a car without a seatbelt </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Riding a bike without a helmet </li></ul></ul><ul><li>You must know the risks in order to protect yourself and your brain </li></ul>
  10. 10. Brain Chemistry
  11. 11. Alcohol & The Adolescent Brain <ul><li>Brain Chemistry </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Dopamine is key neurotransmitter for experiencing pleasure </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Freud taught “pleasure principle” guides behavior </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Alcohol disrupts the development of reward centers and how brain uses dopamine </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Teen does not feel “good” without alcohol </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Leads to more use of alcohol </li></ul></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Brain Reward Centers
  13. 13. Why Parents Are More Important Than Ever <ul><li>We know they have the most influence </li></ul><ul><li>Parents Do Matter </li></ul><ul><li>Peer network is not strong </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Unreliable </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Can change in a moment </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Media bombards and influences teens </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Movies, commercials, videos, etc. </li></ul></ul>

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