Drugs, Brains, & Bullies: Understanding Today’s Adolescents

Published on Friday, October 25, 2013

Association of Student Assistance Professionals of NJThe Association of Student Assistance Professionals of New Jersey Middlesex County (ASAP-NJ) is holding a workshop entitled “Drugs, Brains, & Bullies: Understanding Today’s Adolescents” on Nov. 20 at the Middlesex County Fire Academy in Sayreville, NJ. The workshop will explore substance abuse behavior in adolescence and techniques for dealing with aggressors and victims of bullying.


Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013

7:30 - 8:15 am Registration/Breakfast/Exhibitors
8:15 - 8:30 am Welcome & Introductions–ASAP-NJ Middlesex County Chairperson- Doreen Consulmagno
8:30 - 11:45 am
*There will be an announced 10 minute break during this session
Tony Juneja, MD
“Addiction and the Adolescent Brain”- This presentation will include information about the primary biological changes that occur in the adolescent brain as a result of substance abuse. Attendees will receive information in order to understand the social aspects of adolescent substance abuse behaviors and how the lack of spirituality in adolescence can lead to increased vulnerability to substance abuse. Attendees will receive information regarding the current risks and controversies related to marijuana abuse. The primary components of substance abuse prevention and treatment in adolescence will also be discussed. Attendees will learn to understand and identify defense mechanisms commonly used in adolescence. Finally, techniques staff can use when dealing with these students will be discussed.
11:45am-12:30 pm LUNCH & Exhibitors
12:30 - 2:45 pm
*There will be an announced 10 minute break during this session
Andrew Yeager, MA
“Anti-Bullying Training - The Clinical Side” - What happens after HIB-related behavior is investigated? Parents are contacted, students are spoken to, consequences may be imposed and counseling may be recommended. Regardless of who the official Anti-Bullying Specialist is, it is typically the responsibility of the counselor to work with many of these students on an on-going basis. Counselors need the tools required to effectively work with aggressors, victims, and bystanders. This workshop will help counselors develop treatment plans and clinical approaches that address underlying motives that lead to HIB, and identify techniques that can reduce or eliminate HIB.
 2:45 - 3 pm  Closing, Evaluations & Certificates

For more information and to register visit www.asapnj.org.

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