The Adolescent Brain: Impulse Control, Technology and Emotional Regulation

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Friday, October 25th, 2019 | 8:30 AM - 1:30 PM


4999 Old Orchard Shopping Center, Skokie, Ill.


Teens and Technology 
Too much time on smartphones, iPads, and video games. How does this intense and artificial over-stimulation affect the still-developing frontal lobe? How can parents be pro-active? And how can we all help alter the stigma of addiction to a message of hope and recovery? Jessica Wong of the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation explores how the young brain processes impulse control—putting youth at a greater risk for drug or alcohol use—and shares how technology can be used in a safe and balanced way.

Effective Treatment for Impulse Control Disorders 
Why are some people more impulsive than others? Is it our culture of instant gratification that leads to an inability to tolerate discomfort? Is it biological? (Are some of us are just naturally wired to be more impulsive?) In this interactive presentation, Michele Hart and Jacalyn Herbert of the Family Recovery Center will explore the factors affecting an individual's tendency towards impulsivity from a Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) perspective, the biosocial theory of impulse control, and how counseling providers and parents can support adolescents who struggle to delay gratification and engage in addictive behaviors.

Cost: $25 per person 
RVSP ASAP. Limited seats available. 

4 CEs provided for addiction professionals (IAODAPCA), social workers (LSW/LCSW), counselors (LPC/LCPC) and psychologists (PhD, PsyD)