Alcohol, drug use, and other risk behaviors are difficult topics to discuss with teens. This free interactive seminar will help you navigate the challenging teenage years with information every parent will benefit from. Leading experts will share research-based knowledge on how to build and maintain a strong relationship with your teen and explore the protective factors that will empower you on this journey.
Dinner will be provided for all guests.
We will discuss:
• Development and characteristics of the adolescent brain
• Communication tips for "hard-to-discuss" topics
• Tools for parents to use as protective factors
• The continuum of substance use
• Next steps if your teen may be using alcohol or other drugs
• Parenting self-care and resources
Presenting our Featured Speakers:
Dr. Ruben Baler
Scientist on the Neurobiology of Drug Abuse & Addiction, National Institute of Drug Abuse
Dr. Baler is a top neuroscientist at the National Institute on Drug Abuse, where he writes and lectures about the neurobiology of drug abuse and addiction. He is an expert on drug abuse and addiction and helps parents break down the complicated science behind drug and substance misuse into information they can easily understand and learn from. Dr. Baler shares about brain development, risk behaviors, and the impact of substance misuse on the adolescent brain.
Andria Botzet, M.A., LAMFT
Family Therapist, Department of Psychiatry, University of Minnesota
Andria assists adolescents and families struggling with substance abuse and other addiction issues, as well as anxiety, depression, and other stressful life circumstances. Andria has also collaborated with multiple agencies as a subject matter expert on positive parenting and brief intervention techniques. She has 20+ years of experience working at the University of Minnesota’s Center for Adolescent Substance Abuse Research, conducting research studies on a variety of topics related to adolescent substance use.
Please register for this free event here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bridging-the-gap-parent-seminar-tickets-60058819546
Wednesday, May 22 at 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Chesapeake Arts Center, Studio 194
194 Hammonds Ln, Brooklyn Park, MD 21225