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Brain/Cognitive Development

Webpage: Stages of Intellectual Development In Children and Teenagers
Child Development Institute, 2015
This webpage presents an overview of the development of intellectual abilities for children and adolescents.

Video: How to Talk to Teens: A Developmental Approach
University of California Television, 2015
Typical adolescent development is reviewed and research on the developing brain is highlighted in this informative video. Additionally, the video provides best practices on how to counsel and guide teens while still fostering resilience.
Learning Module: Child and Adolescent Development for Medical Learners: Adolescent Identity Development
Association of American Medical Colleges, 2012
After creating a free account, this module reviews the theories and research to better understand adolescent identity development. Biological, cognitive, parenting, scholastic and sociocultural influences on identity development are reviewed.
Video: The Mysterious Workings of the Adolescent Brain
TEDTalks, 2012
Cognitive neuroscientist Sarah-Jayne Blakemore compares the prefrontal cortex in adolescents to that of adults, to show us how typically “teenage” behavior is caused by the growing and developing brain.
Brochure: The Teen Brain: Still Under Construction
National Institute of Mental Health, 2011
This brochure provides a wealth of information regarding the development of the teenage brain including the spectrum of change and how it affects teenage behavior.
Videos: Inside the Teenage Brain
PBS: Frontline, 2002
This series of videos chronicles how scientists are exploring the recesses of the brain and finding some new explanations for why adolescents behave the way they do. 
Social Development
Online Course: Psychosocial Assessment: A Nursing Perspective
CEU Fast, 2016
This course is directed at practicing nurses to assist them when performing a psychosocial assessment. The course discusses psychosocial assessment including the components of a psychosocial interview, the mental status examination and selected psychosocial screening tests.
Videos: Reaching Teens
American Academy of Pediatrics, 2016
A sample of free videos from Dr. Ginsburg’s book for purchase, Reaching Teens, is available on the American Academy of Pediatrics’ website that offers resources for building communication strategies to build resilience and support healthy adolescent development.
Toolkit: Identity Development
ACT for Youth Center of Excellence, 2016
Identity development is a central task of adolescent development and this toolkit offers resources to help professionals work with adolescents during these critical stages of development as they form identities around race, ethnicity, gender, and sexual orientation.

The goal of the AHRQ-funded project, Youth Providers 2.0 (YP2.0), is to improve the use of evidence-based practices among health care providers caring for adolescents and young adults. To accomplish this goal, SAHM will engage in a number of activities using new media to improve the dissemination of patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR) to health professionals.

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