“Blame it On the Brain” Will Focus on Healthy Adolescent Development
March 22, 2016

In mid-April, "Blame it on the Brain: Understanding Adolescent Development, Supporting Healthy Beginnings to Help Ensure Future Success” is coming to Hancock County. “Blame it on the Brain” is a free presentation and community discussion featuring Karen Williams, MSSW, and it explores how the adolescent brain works and ways we can help our teens grow and stay resilient, confident and happy. Two sessions are scheduled in Hancock County and anyone who works or interacts with youth, including parents, caregivers, teachers, coaches, coalition members, and health care providers, are welcome and encouraged to attend one or more sessions.

Williams, a social worker, writer and consultant, is recognized throughout the U.S. for her ability to explain the latest research related to adolescent behavior and brain development in ways that are easy to understand and use. This workshop will focus on how the adolescent brain works, as well as the potential impacts of stress on brain development and behavior. Participants will explore the important role that adults, along with the community as a whole, play in helping teens deal with stress and avoid the pitfalls that can harm their health and limit their future success. The primary goal of this workshop is to provide a deeper understanding of how unaddressed anxiety, stress, and trauma can trigger a host of preventable mental and behavioral health issues, including addiction, depression, self-harm, violence and bullying.

Williams will present “Blame it on the Brain,” a workshop geared toward providers, on Wednesday, April 13, from 5:00pm to 6:30pm at Machias Savings Bank, 96 Cottage Street, Bar Harbor. She will then present “Blame it on the Brain” at a Communities Talk Town Hall Meeting to Prevent Underage Drinking will be held on Thursday, April 14, 2016, from 6:00pm to 7:30pm at Ellsworth High School. Both workshops are offered free of charge and are open to everyone in the community. Light refreshments will be served. CEUs are available; advance registration is strongly recommended. Register online at: http://www.cvent.com/events/healthy-acadia-presents-blame-it-on-the-brain-/event-summary-6caa9af05d1a49959b2710d23a801bbe.aspx

These “Blame it on the Brain” sessions are sponsored by Healthy Acadia and the Hancock County Drug Free Communities Initiative, with funding support provided in part by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. For more information, please contact Tara Young at 667-7171 or email tara@healthyacadia.org.