This Eat Chat Parent session will addresses the importance of educating youth, parents and community members about the developmentally appropriate changes and challenges that youth experience during adolescence. Focus will be placed on neurobiological (structural, hormonal and neurotransmitter), social-emotional (identity formation and physical vs. emotional high risk behaviors), and cognitive changes (adolescent egocentrism).
Participants will gain an understanding of how these developmentally appropriate changes and challenges can lead to high risk behaviors and substance use and mental health concerns. Education on Adverse Childhood Experiences and Toxic Stress will also be included.
Kari Commerford, M.A, Director - Gunnison County Substance Abuse Prevention Project (GCSAPP); Lecturer of Psychology – Western State Colorado University – Kari is the Director for Gunnison County Substance Abuse Prevention Project (GCSAPP), a community coalition that is invested in the health and wellness of Gunnison county youth and their families. Kari is also a Lecturer of Psychology at Western State Colorado University and has been teaching in the Clinical and Counseling track of the Psychology department and assisting with the development and teaching of honors courses for the past 12 years.
Eat Chat Parent is a program of the Eagle River Youth Coalition.