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Date: Wednesday December 8, 2010

Location: Auburn University at Montgomery 112 Goodwyn Hall

Check-in/Registration 8:30

Class: 9:00 AM-4:00 PM

The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA), through its sub-grants with Auburn University at Montgomery, is pleased to offer "no cost Trainings on various topics and technical assistance and training opportunities regarding the working with, and processing/custody of juveniles.

Youth development impacts every aspect of prevention, education, mental health, and community-based interventions. Join us for "a day in the adolescent brain" featuring the latest research presented in an upbeat, relaxed format. Find out how adolescent brain works, how behaviors are triggered and can be changed, and how trauma affects youth's ability to learn and develop. Time will be provided for participants to assess the implications of the research and to discuss how it can be applied to current procedures and practices, as well as to future planning and policy decisions.


Increase knowledge about brain development, Increase understanding of the origins and triggers of behavior, Increase understanding of the behavioral health continuum, Introduce the concept of "brain-friendly" interventions and corrections.


Karen Williams, MSSW, is a writer and speaker whose expertise is in effectively explaining the latest adolescent brain research - and its applications to real life situations - to a wide range of audiences. Ms. Williams' current focus is on adolescent brain development and high-risk behaviors; the impact of substances, traumatic stress, and traumatic brain injury on development and behavior; and the developmental readiness of youth to protect themselves from risks associated with the internet, driving, sports injuries, and substance abuse. Her presentations and workshops are based on the research of Drs. Jay Giedd, Paul Thompson, H. Scott Swartzwelder, Aaron White, Michael De Bellis, Susan Tapert, Sandra Brown, Linda Chang, Nora Volkow, Mickey Collins, Mark Lovell, Karyn Purvis, Bruce Perry, Stephen W. Porges, Vincent Felitti, Robert F. Anda, and other leaders in the field of neuroscience, trauma, and youth development. Ms. Williams is a former administrator with the Texas Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse (now part of the Texas Department of State Health Services). She developed the curriculum Protecting You/Protecting Me (PY/PM), a SAMHSA Model Program, is a regular contributor to Brain Trust Alliance®, an approved OJJDP/NTTAC consultant, and serves on the Dallas Commission on Children and Youth.

Audience: Educators, counselors, social workers, nurses, and others who work in a community setting.

Registration & Cost: No Cost to attend, but you must register on-line "Upcoming Training" at

There is a $15.00 charge for CEU's for Counselors, Social Workers, Nurses, and General.

Working Lunch will be provided, 6.5 contact hours.


Dates:December 8, 2010    Check for other dates
Meets:W from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, 1 Session
Location:Goodwyn Hall - AUM Campus

Sorry, this course is inactive. Please contact our office to see if it will be reinstated, or if alternative classes are available.

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