• Friday, October 25, 2019


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The Adolescent Brain: Impulse Control, Technology and Emotional Regulation

Skokie, IL

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October 25
8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. 

4999 Old Orchard Shopping Center
Skokie, IL 60077


Cost: $25 per person 
RVSP ASAP. Limited seats available. 

4 CEs provided for addiction professionals (IAODAPCA), social workers (LSW/LCSW), counselors (LPC/LCPC) and psychologists (PhD, PsyD)


8:30-9 a.m. Registration (breakfast provided)
9-11 a.m. Teens and Technology with Jessica Wong, National Director of Youth and Patient Care Network, Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation 
11-11:30 a.m. Lunch (provided)
11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. The Application of DBT in the Treatment of Impulse Control Among Adolescents with Michele Hart, LCPC, Program Manager, and Jacalyn Herbert, MSW, Primary Therapist with Family Recovery Centers  
1:30 p.m. Adjourn



Teens and Technology 
Too much time on smartphones, iPads, and video games. How does this intense and artificial over-stimulation affect the still-developing frontal lobe? How can parents be pro-active? And how can we all help alter the stigma of addiction to a message of hope and recovery? Jessica Wong of the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation explores how the young brain processes impulse control—putting youth at a greater risk for drug or alcohol use—and shares how technology can be used in a safe and balanced way.

Effective Treatment for Impulse Control Disorders 
Why are some people more impulsive than others? Is it our culture of instant gratification that leads to an inability to tolerate discomfort? Is it biological? (Are some of us are just naturally wired to be more impulsive?) In this interactive presentation, Michele Hart and Jacalyn Herbert of the Family Recovery Center will explore the factors affecting an individual's tendency towards impulsivity from a Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) perspective, the biosocial theory of impulse control, and how counseling providers and parents can support adolescents who struggle to delay gratification and engage in addictive behaviors.


Jacalyn Herbert

Jacalyn R. Herbert, MSW
Primary Therapist
Family Recovery Centers

In her role with Family Recovery Centers, Jacalyn Herbert supports children and families struggling with issues ranging from depression and self-injury to family conflict and substance abuse. Herbert, who also serves as an associate minister at her local church, provides a wide range of expertise in relaxation, individual, group, and family counseling, with an emphasis on adolescent behaviors.

Michele Hart

Michele Hart, LCPC
Program Manager
Family Recovery Centers

Michele Hart, an experienced program manager at Family Recovery Centers, also owns a private practice. She is trained in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Exposure-Response Prevention, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Motivational Interviewing.

Jessica Wong Jessica Wong
National Director of Youth and Patient Care Network
Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation

Jessica Wong oversees a team whose primary function is to provide resources and education to professionals and families regarding addiction, recovery and mental health. She is a certified prevention professional in Minnesota.


Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation Family Recovery Centers


Questions or ADA request? Please contact Laura Adams by email or call 1-773-546-8447 or Kristen Powell by email or call 1-630-956-6041.


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