Teenage Development and Mental Health

This new training course will introduce participants to the development of the teenage brain as adolescence progresses and identify what this brain change mean for teenage development. We will explore the difference between ‘normal’ development and mental health and look at how trauma can affect behaviours and relationships for a young person in foster care. The trainer will also provide some practical techniques to help teenagers regulate their emotions.


The course is delivered by Natalie Silcox who  specialises in delivering training on legislation, policy and procedure within children’s services and also works independently as a registered social worker. She previously managed a local authority fostering team before being promoted to the role of Service Manager for a Regional Fostering Service. Natalie is also a qualified Mental Health First Aid Trainer, bringing this knowledge and expertise into her training delivery

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Aims and Objectives: 

By the end of the session participants will have a basic understanding of how the teenage brain develops and how this manifests itself in teenager's behaviours.

They will be able to assess weather this is 'normal' developmental behaviour or something leading towards a mental health concern

They will have gained practical tools to use when appropriate

Course overview:

Introduce the teenage stages of adolescence.
Introduce the teenage brain and what happens to it as we mature.
Introduce mental health and learn to recognise what supports good mental health.
Why is it important to have good mental health?
How can trauma impact on mental health?
Practical tips to regulate emotions.
Event Type
Training events and workshops
Foster carers
Kinship carers
Social workers
Fostering services
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Internal or external event
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