Please join us for a morning of collaboration, connection and networking with service providers, agencies, and those in the education and social service fields. Hear from our keynote speaker on adolescent decision making, learn from our panel of experts and ask questions and offer input directly to service providers.

MAR. 6, 2014
From 9am to 1pm
Lunch and collaboration.

Phoenix, AZ 85004

Barb Iversen, M.C, Arizona
Department of Education
and Phoenix College.
Adolescents’ decision making process often seems irrational and self-defeating. The keynote presentation will use current research on reward circuitry and other aspects of brain development, and how adolescents weigh costs and benefits, to help explain the choices they make. Strategies for using the natural cognitive biases that exist during adolesence to assist teens in making decisions that facilitate a healthy transition to adulthood will be described. Also addressed will be coping behaviors that my result from traumatic stress and how to distinguish these from other behaviors that create problems for youth and/or the adults who care for them.

Hear from a panel of experts in the Field of Youth Services, including Raquel Alvara, Family Engagement Specialist for the Arizona Department of Education, Debi Neat, Safe and Drug Free Schools Trainer for Phoenix Union High School District, Kenneth McKinley, VP of Programs for Tumbleweed Center for Youth Development, January Contreras, CEO and Counsel for Always, Arizona Legal Women and Youth Services, Jenny Diaz, Program Manager for Maricopa County Streets of Success and Stacy Jay Cavaliere, Director of Programs for One-n-Ten.

Breakout Session Participants
Mesa Family Advocacy Center – Teri Mingus
Always – January Contreras and Casey Arellano
Banner Health – Elizabeth Rein
Not My Kid – Andrea Malinski
Teen Lifeline – Alicia Celis
Teen Outreach Pregnancy – Ashley Butler
DES – Division of Child Support Services – Jillian Seamans