Addiction Professional - NAADAC

Adolescent Behavior


   Credits
3 CE credit hours training
   Cost
$15.00
   Source
Robert A. Yourell
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Target audience and instructional level of this voice: intermediate

Course Description

This course reviews adolescent behavior problems from a bio-psychosocial perspective. It highlights specific issues including current sexuality and parenting. It also looks at contemporary etiological perspectives such as the relationship between genetic vulnerabilities and environment. The course will examine treatment perspectives involving the family and psychosocial education for parents. The course was written by a therapist licensed in family therapy, with experience as a clinical coordinator for facilities for severely emotionally disturbed adolescents, and extensive experience counseling families with adolescents displaying behavior problems.
Introduction

Mental health professionals encounter adolescent behavior issues in a variety of contexts. These include family and individual therapy, high schools, residential facilities, group settings, and other institutional and treatment settings.

Adolescence is a very turbulent time for most teens. Their bodies are changing as well as their hormones. The period of adolescents is from about age 13 to about age 20. Adolescence is known as a time of confusion regarding identity and roles, as well as a time of potential conflict with parents and other authority figures. Many adolescents engage in some behaviors that challenge societal norms. This can include delinquent behaviors. A significant percentage of adolescents, however, have significant psychiatric or emotional problems that can hobble their transition into a fulfilling adulthood. Problems in the social environment such as gang activity, availability of drugs, and other peer group problems are heighte


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