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  • Youth are at Risk

    The leading, or second leading cause of death in youth populations are car accidents. In the course, we use the high-stakes arena of driving in order to convey how critical it is that we understand adolescent brain development and the way in which it puts them at risk. There is a companion course for youth called "Road Ready" that teaches them in short, text & video lessons, how to stay safe on the road & beyond, in all areas of their lives!

  • Knowing about Brains Can Save Lives

    Those who work with teens & young adults are knowledgeable about how their bodies develop and function. But how many teachers, parents, coaches, career counsellors, social workers, criminal justice personnel & first responders are knowledgeable about how their brains develop and function? Major neural changes occur from 13 to 24 that impact how youth behave. The more we know, the more we can protect & support them.

  • Working with the Adolescent Brain

    The technological innovation of brain scans allows scientists to non-invasively examine and better understand the brain. Extensive, peer-reviewed, replicated research confirms adolescence --- 13 to 24 --- as a time of intense neuroplasticity and brain integration. All those who work with youth can become more effective and more empathic once they understand the brain changes that make the adolescent years so challenging.

Course Designer & Teacher

Writer & Educator

Dr. Jennifer Fraser

With a PhD from the University of Toronto in Comparative Literature, Jennifer is an award-winning educator who has taught for twenty years at the university, college and high-school level and also worked with young adults as they are launching their careers. A published author of books & articles, Jennifer believes teens & young adults, teachers, coaches and all who work with young people deserve the most up-to-date information and knowledge, especially when it comes to their well-being and safety. For more, see https://www.neuroparadigm.com.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Working with the Adolescent Brain

    • Course Overview

    • Course Overview Video

    • Professional Development Credit

    • Professional Development Credit Video

  • 2

    ONE Adolescents: An At-Risk Population

    • 1.1 Brain Perspective: Why Teens are at Risk

    • 1.1 Brain Perspective: Why Teens are at Risk Video

    • 1.2 The Dangers of "Hot Cognition"

    • 1.2 The Dangers of "Hot Cognition" Video

  • 3

    TWO Working With the Adolescent Brain (Not Against It)

    • 2.1 Working with the Adolescent Brain

    • 2.1 Working with the Adolescent Brain Video

    • 2.2 Adolescent Brain Development Worldwide

    • 2.2 Adolescent Brain Development Worldwide Video

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    THREE When Rewards Outweigh the Risks

    • 3.1 The Reward-Seeking Adolescent Brain

    • 3.1 The Reward-Seeking Adolescent Brain Video

    • 3.2 Looking to Peers for Rewards

    • 3.2 Looking to Peers for Rewards Video

  • 5

    FOUR Adolescent Brains & Addictability

    • 4.1 Adolescents Under the Sway of Substances

    • 4.1 Adolescents Under the Sway of Substances Video

    • 4.2 Adolescents & the Irresistible Lure of Texting

    • 4.2 Adolescents & the Irresistible Lure of Texting Video

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    FIVE Sleep & Energy Deprived Brains

    • 5.1 Adolescents & Sleep

    • 5.1 Adolescents & Sleep Video

    • 5.2 Adolescents & Food

    • 5.2 Adolescents & Food Video

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    SIX Regulating the Adolescent Brain

    • 6.1 The Power of Self-Regulation

    • 6.1 The Power of Self-Regulation Video

    • 6.2 Mindfulness & Exercise Transform Brains

    • 6.2 Mindfulness & Exercise Transform Brains Video

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    SEVEN Stress & the Developing Brain

    • 7.1 How Stress Can Derail the Brain

    • 7.1 How Stress Can Derail the Brain Video

    • 7.2 Calming the Stressed-Out Brain

    • 7.2 Calming the Stressed-Out Brain Video

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    EIGHT Visualization & Engagement

    • 8.1 Power of Visualization

    • 8.1 Power of Visualization Video

    • 8.2 Engaging Adolescents

    • 8.2 Engaging Adolescents Video

    • 8.2 Engaging Adolescents Video Part 2

  • 10

    References & Further Reading

    • References & Further Reading

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