Understanding how development happens is considered a primary underpinning of education and prevention. How does a person go from someone who can’t even role over, to a complex and sophisticated person who is self-sufficient, can take care of him/herself, the next generation, and the previous one? And, equally important, why do so many fail to make that transition? These and other questions will be examined through the lens of neuroscience. The workshop includes a “primer” on the brain and how development takes place. This is a fast-paced, fun workshop. Be the one who can explain why there are 14-year-old-35-year-olds!

Objectives: (for CEU’s)

Participants will be able to name/explain/use:

  • Key brain areas/parts
  • Roles of DNA & Experience
  • Role of drives/needs


  • The Connected Child. Karyn B. Purvis, Ph.D., David R. Cross, Ph.D. and Wendy L. Synshine. (McGraw Hill, 2007).
  • Helping Traumatized Children Learn, Volumes 1 and 2. Trauma and Learning Policy Initiative, a partnership of Massachusetts Advocates for Children and Harvard Law School. 2005 and 2013. traumasensitiveschools.org

Format: PowerPoint, Facilitated Discussion, Interactive Activities, Videos


  • 1 to 1.5 hrs. (Conferences only)
  • 3 hr. Workshops

*(CPS Domains available upon request)