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About This Event

According to the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, adolescents differ from adults in the way they behave, solve problems and make decisions. There is a biological explanation for this difference. Studies show that brains continue to mature and develop throughout childhood and adolescence and well into early adulthood. Therefore, the teen brain works differently from adults when they make decisions or solve problems.

Join us for this presentation for an overview of various aspects of adolescent brain development research and hear tips for applying this information in youth programming to enhance positive outcomes for kids. Attendees will learn ways to structure opportunities and interaction in their programs that:

  • encourage cognitive development;
  • help youth recognize risks and opportunities; and
  • minimize factors that inhibit brain development.

You are invited to bring your program or service information to share and to arrive early or stay after for additional networking time


  • Robin Donaldson

    Chief Operating Officer, Indiana Youth Services Association

    Robin Donaldson has been teaching psychology, human resource and youth development credentialing classes at Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana since August 2001. Ms. Donaldson was a licensed Mental Health Counselor and has a master’s degree in counseling and social psychology.