Brainstorm: A Clinician's Guide to the Changing and Challenging Adolescent Brain - 6 CPD Hours

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Are you struggling to effectively treat behaviour disorders, anxiety, and mood disorders in children and adolescents? 

New York Times bestselling author and world-renowned neuropsychiatrist and bestselling co-author of The Whole-Brain Child Daniel J. Siegel, M.D. helps you crack the code of the adolescent brain with groundbreaking research in interpersonal neurobiology based on his newest New York Times Bestselling book, Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain. Dr. Siegel explores how brain development affects teenage behaviour and relationships and how mastering this knowledge helps promote more effective psychotherapy, targeted treatment interventions and better understanding between parents and their teens. 

You will walk away understanding attachment issues in adolescents and strategies for clinical issues including...

Substance abuse 
Sexual identity 

Rather than seeing adolescence as a period of immaturity or dysfunction, this view suggests that the essence of adolescence the emotional spark, social engagement, novelty-seeking, and creative explorations can best be harnessed by supporting these important and necessary aspects of our human development. 

Dr. Dan Siegel's inside out approach to the second dozen years of life gives us an exciting new clinical perspective on the essence of adolescence. Understand the clinical implications of the four pillars of adolescence and discover how these pillars are a necessary set of characteristics that are essential for both the individual development and for the health and adaptation of our species. These features of the teenage brain set the stage for changes that not only shape our life as adolescents, but can surprisingly be seen as essential to thriving in adulthood. How we as clinicians approach adolescence as a period and adolescents as individuals can make all the difference in how these important years are navigated well. 


  1. Describe 4 fundamental aspects of the essence of adolescence.
  2. Explore how brain development affects teenage behaviour and relationships.
  3. Identify the difference between impulsivity and hyper- rational thinking.
  4. List the 2 major components of the remodeling process in the teenage brain.
  5. Name 3 outcomes of the changes in dopamine processing in the adolescent brain.
  6. Evaluate adolescent increased risk and 3 neurological processes that cause it.
  7. Compare adolescent risk-taking with and without the presence of peers.
  8. Describe the relationship between gender identity and sexual orientation.


Dispelling the popular myths of teenage behaviour

  • Cultural myths
  • Modern scientific views

The Essence of Adolescence

  • Benefits and challenges of this important period of life
  • How the essential elements of adolescence are the core of living a vital adult life as well
  • The myths vs. modern scientific views
  • Risk-taking, pushing-away, and sexual behaviour of adolescence
  • Adolescence is now longer than ever before, creating unique stressors

The Adolescent Brain

  • The developmental neurobiology of the adolescent period
  • Pruning and myelination leads to the remodeling of the brain into the mid-twenties
  • Risk-taking behaviours and the origin of hyper-rational” thinking overemphasizing the pros of a choice over the possible cons
  • Develop gist thinking” that relies on intuition
  • Exercises that stimulate the integrative growth of the brain

Adolescence and Attachment

  • Attachment toward parents changes during adolescence
    • Push toward peer connections
  • Social engagement becomes a central part of teen life
  • Early life attachment continues to influence the adolescent’s relationships and the emerging self
  • Move non-secure attachment models toward security
  • Mindsight skill practices”:
    • Mind
    • Brain
    • Relationships

Clinical Strategies: Staying Present Through Changes and Challenges

  • Emergence of a sexual identity and sexual relationships
  • Romance and first love
  • Drug use and abuse
  • The return home of an adolescent who has already left for a period of time
  • Other issues
  • The most common period for the onset of serious psychiatric problems:
    • Mood disorders
    • Anxiety
    • Disturbances in body image and identity
  • Role of our cultural approach to the essence of adolescence
  • Other issues
    • Social media
    • Nutrition
    • Divorce
    • Education

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About Daniel J. Siegel, M.D.

Daniel J. Siegel, M.D., is a graduate of Harvard Medical School and completed his postgraduate medical education at UCLA with training in paediatrics and child, adolescent, and adult psychiatry. He is currently a clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine, founding co-director of UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Centre, founding co-investigator at the UCLA Centre for Culture, Brain and Development, and executive director of the Mindsight Institute, an educational centre devoted to promoting insight, compassion, and empathy in individuals, families, institutions, and communities. 
Dr. Siegel’s psychotherapy practice spans thirty years, and he has published extensively for the professional audience. He serves as the Founding Editor for the Norton Professional Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology which includes over three dozen textbooks. Dr. Siegel’s books include Mindsight, Pocket Guide to Interpersonal Neurobiology, The Developing Mind, Second Edition, The Mindful Therapist, The Mindful Brain, Parenting form the Inside Out(with Mary Hartzell, M.Ed.), and the three New York Times best-sellers: Brainstorm, The Whole-Brain Child (with Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D.), and his latest No-Drama Discipline (with Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D). He has been invited to lecture for the King of Thailand, Pope John Paul II, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Google University, and TEDx. 

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