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The Way They Are Wired

Date(s) - May 24, 2023
11:00 am - 1:00 pm


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Todd Willis
The Way They Are Wired

About the Topic
The topic of discussion will be “The Way They Are Wired; a deep look at adolescent behavior through the lens of brain development.” Working with adolescents in today’s culture can be challenging. Despite these obstacles, it is imperative that those that work with this population continue to grow in their understanding. This training will take a look at why adolescents do what they do through the lens of brain science and psychosocial development. It will also provide attendees additional tools and insight to improve their work with this crucial population.

About the Speaker 
Todd has been working at Porter-Starke Services since November 2000 and has been serving children and their families for 20 years.  During this time period he has worked with a variety of children, adolescents, and their families in a number of setting including schools, hospitals, residential, day treatment, outpatient and the juvenile detention setting. His current role of Director of Prevention and Education allows him to work closely in the community with the goal of decreasing mental health and addiction stigma.  In addition, Todd has a passion to help people build protective factors and develop strategies to prevent mental health, addiction and suicide from developing within themselves and their families.  He is a licensed mental health counselor and a licensed clinical addiction counselor in the state of Indiana and Missouri. Todd also serves on several community boards including:  The Starke County Community Corrections Advisory Board, Porter County Drug Juvenile Drug Court, Porter County Juvenile Justice Advisory Board, and Porter County Tobacco Prevention and Education Coalition, PATH Board. PC Substance Free, Porter County Substance Abuse Council.