9.00 – 9.45
Welcome, introductions, ground rules, objectives for the day

9.45 – 10.00
Exercise involving identifying typical teenage behaviour and exploring attitudes to young people

10.00 – 10.45
First presentation “Teenage brain development”. This covers:

  • A time of rapid development
  • The main changes in the brain
  • The technology of scanning
  • The hormone balance and sleep,
  • Context and individual differences.

10.45 – 11.00
Review and discuss implications for practice

11.00 – 11.15
Break

11.15 – 11.30
Exercise looking at change in the teenage years, as experienced by adults and young people

11.30 – 12.00
Second presentation “The role of adults at a time of rapid brain development”

  • The STAGE framework – this is a critical period
  • The role of parents and other adults at this time of development
  • Language development and communication skills
  • The promotion of autonomy
  • Changing nature of the use of authority
  • Emotion regulation and the role of the brain

12.00 – 12.30
Exercises on communication and difficult emotions

12.30 – 1.15
Lunch

1.15 – 1.45
Third presentation “Risk taking and risky behaviour”

  • What do we mean by risk?
  • Risk versus experimentation
  • Risk factors and their role in risky behaviour
  • What part does the brain play?
  • The role of family and peer group
  • How to reduce serious risk-taking

1.45 – 2.00                 
Exercise looking at a scenario involving risk-taking

2.00 – 2.15                  
Discussion concerning social media – risk or opportunity?

2.15 – 2.30
Break

2.30 – 3.00
Fourth presentation “The brain and resilience”

  • Understanding resilience – risk and protective factors
  • The findings of longitudinal studies of resilience
  • What part does the brain play in assisting the development of resilience?
  • How to promote resilience in universal and targeted situations
  • Understanding a strengths-based approach
  • Take-home messages for practitioners

3.00 – 3.20
Exercise on resilience

3..20 – 3.40
Q & A session

3.40 – 4.00
Embedding the lessons of the day in practice. Plus evaluation and farewell.