The Adolescent Brain

teenagers talking and laughing

May 28, 2019
9 am–4 pm




A day-long workshop for school administrators, safety personnel, counselors, and others addressing how schools can promote resilience and help students feel safe and connected. This event is free, but please register. Lunch will be provided.


Drawing on cutting-edge research and neuroscience, this workshop focuses on the development of the adolescent brain, and how by using tools and strategies informed by this knowledge, educators, school administrators, and community partners will be able to:

  • Describe the changes that occur in the emotional, social, motivational, memory, appraisal, and reward systems in adolescent development.
  • Utilize brain-wise strategies to help students feel safe and connected.
  • Understand different types of integration that inform healthy social and emotional development.
  • Be intentional about creating interactions that help how adolescent’s brains are wired and therefore function.
  • Teach teens about their own brains so they can have additional tools for self-regulation and to make better decisions.
  • Identify how self-reflection, presence, and making sense of our own experiences can model balance and integration for the youth in our lives.
  • Provide teens tools to better manage their own struggles so they can be less reactive and more resilient.


Christine Triano, LCSW is an adolescent, adult, and family psychotherapist and parenting consultant and the Director of Mental Health at The Center for Connection in Pasadena, CA. Her practice at the Center focuses on issues related to anxiety, trauma, depression, mood disorders, parenting and relational challenges, and life transitions. She loves bringing an understanding about the brain and interpersonal neurobiology into the therapy room, as well as to her frequent speaking engagements, as she works to help others learn how to change old patterns and cultivate new ways of being and thriving. Christine holds a Masters in Social Work from California State University, Los Angeles, a Bachelor of Arts from Tufts University in Medford, MA, and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the states of California and New York.


  • Counselors
  • Health Care Administrators
  • Health Educators
  • High School Teachers
  • Instructional Coaches
  • Middle School Teachers
  • Principals
  • School District / Building Administrators
  • School Nurses
  • School Psychologists
  • Social Workers
  • Superintendents


  • Session ID: 87849
  • Date: May 28, 2019
  • Time: 9 am – 4 pm
  • Location: Capital Region ESD 113
  • Clock hours: 6
  • Meal provided: Yes
  • Course fee: FREE
  • Register: Event 87849