407/507 Myths of the Teen Brain

Daniel Siegel • Saturday All Day

Daniel SiegelAccording to conventional wisdom, the adolescent brain is dangerously immature, a behavioral and emotional explosion waiting to happen as anxious parents hold their breath. But a deeper understanding of the latest brain research reveals a different story: the changes that transform the brain between the ages of 12 and 24 are a natural part of development that need not terrify parents.

This presentation will focus on the benefits of helping parents understand the “brainstorm” going on in their kids’ minds. You’ll learn:

  • How the different attributes of the teenaged brain—including the search for novelty, risk-taking, and creativity—are reflected in its structure and neurobiology
  • Specific strategies for supporting and empowering teens, starting with understanding what they—and their brains—are up to
  • The upside of the teenaged brain, including what kids can teach adults about enhancing creativity and experiencing the fullness and intensity of life

This session will continue with workshop 507.

Daniel Siegel, MD, is a clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine, codirector of the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center, and executive director of the Mindsight Institute. His latest book is Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain.

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