The workshop provides an overview of social, emotional and moral development from the womb through adolescence.  Content includes:  developmental concepts and stages; research of developmental theorists, basic roles and functions of the brain and effects of alcohol and tobacco on the adolescent brain; peaks of neural plasticity; developmental risks; and implications for prevention.


Participants will be able to name/explain/use:

  • The theories of Abraham Maslow, Erik Erikson, Jean Piaget, Lev Vygotsky, and John Bowlby
  • Social, Emotional, and Moral Development and how they help in our prevention program planning
  • Adolescent hormonal and brain development
  • The impact of ATODs on the adolescent brain


  • Oesterreich, L. (1995) Ages and stages. In L. Oesterreich, B. Holt, & S. Karas, Iowa family child care handbook [Pm 1541] (pp. 1960197). Ames, IA: Iowa State University Extension.
  • Brain Trust Alliance (Feb. 2007)
  • National CAPT Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist Training Manual, June 2006
  • Drugs, Brains, and Behavior, The Science of Addiction, NIDA

Format:  PowerPoint, Facilitated Discussion, Interactive Activities, Videos


  • 1 to 1.5 hrs. (Conferences only)
  • 3 hr. Workshop (1.0 hr. ATOD Specific)


(KD, JD, KS)