Professional Education Series: Drugs and the Adolescent Brain

Professional Education Series: Drugs and the Adolescent Brain


Adolescent neurological and social development are interconnected and lead to increased vulnerability for youth to substance use disorders. Learn proposed improvements to treating adolescent substance use disorders informed by brain development.

Speaker: James Jensen, MAC, CADCII

About the Speaker:

Jim Jensen has worked as a substance use disorder counselor, community educator, trainer, and clinical supervisor in the field of addictions since 2006. He is currently the Manager of Collaboration and Learning at Southwest Washington Accountable Community of Health. In addition, he has taught at Clark College’s Addiction Counselor Education Department since 2009.


1. Learn how the neurological effect of drug use interacts with the natural function of the reward center.

2. Learn how brain development interacts with drug use, including the inhibitory function of the prefrontal cortex.

3. Be able to describe how using drugs as a coping strategy as an adolescent can impair development of more functional coping strategies.

Time: 10AM-12PM PST

2 CE Credits will be administered for attending this training.

The Recovery Village Ridgefield has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 7009. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. The Recovery Village Ridgefield is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

For questions regarding Continuing Education Events please contact Event Director, Ashley Ulbrich at [email protected] Mailing address is: 750 Orlando Ave Suite 201, Winter Park, FL 32789


May 21


10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Event Category:

The Recovery Village Ridgefield Continuing Education Events

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The Recovery Village Ridgefield Continuing Education

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