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The Anxious Adolescent Brain

This one day workshop will focus on the development of the adolescent brain – how the brain is affected by genetics and how genes express as response to the environment. The development of the anxious brain is important to understand neurological, neurochemical and neural structural changes in adolescence (the “chaotic brain”) until it reaches maturity (mid 20’s).

Some of the areas that will be discussed in the workshop are:

  • Are all brains the same?

  • Is it all not just a matter of genes?

  • Neural plasticity, neurogenesis and mirror neurons.

  • What role does environment play in brain development?

  • Implications for wellness

  • How the brain gets programmed to become anxious

  • Applied Intervention strategies to address the unwell brain

  • Safety

  • Establishing control by changing neural firing

  • Building self-esteem through down regulation of fear

  • Enhancing a sense of meaning through increasing dopamine and focus

  • Brain based interventions – key to wellness.


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