Adolescent Risk Behaviors and Development

Cert # 4561-042870

Adolescents who end up involved in the justice system have invariably begun practicing unhealthy and illegal risk-behaviors.

Some of these are: Dangerous/violent initiations; Gang involvement; Use of alcohol and drugs; Violent acting out; Use of weapons; Bullying, scapegoating; Stealing; Vandalism; Running away; Dangerous dieting/Eating disorders; Sexual acting out.

This course examines risk-behaviors and risk-taking in adolescent’s lives. The first portion of the course is devoted to an overview of adolescent development; current and historical perspectives. Then the course investigates what makes some kids and not others, turn toward negative outlets. Reinforcement for negative risk-behaviors, including criminal activity is discussed. What creates “resilience” in adolescence is examined. Positive, effective techniques for working with adolescents are demonstrated and practiced.


The Traumatic Impact of Domestic Violence
Cert #4561-042440

Domestic Violence has been recognized to be a serious problem plaguing American society for some years now. However, with the prevalence of the use of illicit drugs, such as Crystal Methamphetamine, domestic violence has increased along with the devastating trauma inflicted upon children and partners. 70% of male domestic violence perpetrators physically abuse their children along with their spouse or partner.

This course takes an in-depth look at how the children of domestic violence are affected: physically, mentally and emotionally. The training investigates the link to later self-destructive behaviors and criminality. The child’s response to persisting threat, his or her adaptation to it, and the lasting impact of these adaptations are examined. Drawing upon the latest research, we discuss the relationship between the serious trauma of domestic violence and learning disorders. We undertake the controversial issue concerning misdiagnosis among children of violence (ADHD, bipolar and other disorders.)

This course investigates the affects of domestic violence on partners as well. Post-traumatic stress disorder is identified and discussed as an outcome of domestic violence. Psychological abuse versus physical abuse in terms of lasting affect is 
analyzed. PTSD symptoms and the impact on both the partner’s ability to parent her children, leave a violent situation, and/or deal with the legal complications that follow are also discussed. 
Participants are given tools to help them to recognize serious trauma in both children and partners. They will also learn interventions to aid them in dealing with reactive, triggered domestic violence victims. Treatment issues for both children and partners are outlined and effective treatments are specified in a way that gives participants a clear direction for dealing with victims they are in contact with. Resources are given and appropriateness for victims is evaluated.

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