Are We Doing Enough to Understand & Support Our Teens?

May 9, 2018

Dr. Michael Wolff was live with Steve Kelly on WOOD Radio 106.9 FM this morning around 8:35 AM. Dr. Wolff described the importance of understanding the teenage brain and behaviors that are presented before teens might engage in actions that are dangerous to themselves or others. BRAINS is hosting a day long seminar on this topic on Friday, May 11th at our facility, 3292 North Evergreen Drive NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525. Brains is an approved provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program.

Listen to Dr. Wolff on WOOD Radio Here!


Are We Doing Enough to Understand and Support Our Teens?

Friday, May 11, 2018

8:00 AM – 3:00 PM

3292 North Evergreen Dr NE

Grand Rapids, MI 49525


Course Information
In the wake of school shootings, teen suicides, and videogame addictions, it’s clear – our teens are struggling. This workshop will focus on ways to identify risk factors in teenagers. Participants will gain greater understanding of the teenage brain, develop ways to prevent tragedy, and collaborate effectively with schools and parents. All skill levels are invited to attend; target audience is intermediate and advanced master’s level clinicians and professionals currently serving the teenage population.

Course Instructor Information
Dr. Michael Wolff, PsyD, ABPdN, Jennifer Reminga, LMSW, CAADC, Geoff Stevens, LMSW, and Alisha Lauchie, LMSW

Course instructors are currently employed at BRAINS; providing behavioral resources and neuropsychological services. Instructors are highly specialized in areas of behavioral, mental, and neurodevelopmental health.

1. Participants will gain a better understanding of brain development in teens that puts them at risk.
2. Participants will be able to identify the risk factors and behavioral clues to watch for.
3. Participants will be able to engage in strategies to prevent tragedy and support teens.
4. Participants will learn how Autism Spectrum Disorders and Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) impact risk.
5. Participants will be able to coordinate support efforts with schools and parents.


8:00AM Breakfast and Registration

8:30AM Understanding teenage brain development and the impacts on behavior.

10:00AM Identifying risk factors

  • How diagnosis impacts risk

10:45AM Identifying warning signs and behavior changes

  • Substance abuse
  • Video game addiction
  • Pornography
  • Suicide
  • School Violence

11:30AM Lunch

12PM Review of morning session

12:15PM Strategies to support our teens and prevent tragedy

1:30PM Ways to effectively collaborate with schools and engage parents

2:15PM Case Studies

2:45PM Follow-up and Discussion

3:00PM Dismissal


Registration Information
To register for Are We Doing Enough to Understand & Support Our Teens?, click here.

For registration, information, and further details regarding this training, please visit our website at and select continuing education from the menu. Fee for continuing education units is $25 per hour. Any special accommodations needed can be requested at time of registration. Space is limited, registration is required. Upon availability, registration will be allowed day of. Individuals may contact the office to inquire about availability by emailing Payment is due at time of registration.

For information on future trainings please visit our website and choose continuing education from the menu. To be added to our email list to receive email notifications about future trainings, other agency happenings, and community resources, please email with your full name and email address.

CEU Information
This organization (BRAINS, ACE Provider #1541) is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. BRAINS maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 11/22/2017-11/22/2018. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive 6 clinical continuing education clock hours. Participants must attend the entire training session and complete a course evaluation in order to receive CE’s. Partial certificates will not be issued for this training. Certificates will be distributed at the end of the training session. If you are in any way dissatisfied with a training or process and would like to file a grievance, please email or call our office to request a form.