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“Dissecting The Strange Shift from Early Childhood to Adolescence” Workshop Presented by Dr. Annemarie Grassi

  • Dwontown Allen County Public Library Theater 900 Library Plaza Fort Wayne, IN, 46802 United States (map)

This workshop is offered as a follow-up to Dr. Grassi’s lecture on “Building Big Brains: The Journey From Birth To Adolescence”.

(Attendance of the “Building Big Brains” lecture is recommended but not required to attend this workshop)

So now that you have the larger framework and underpinnings of brain development, let’s spend some time diving into the different physical, psychological, and emotional changes that children endure as they navigate through childhood and adolescence. Ever wonder how kids actually learn? Or why your teenager believes that they are invincible? Come take a deeper dive and join a dialogue on why our kids do what they do!


  • Participants will develop an understanding of developmental theory as it relates to childhood milestones, using Erik Ericsson’s Developmental Framework

  • Participants will gain an understanding of general brain development terminology and an increased understanding of how the brain impacts learning, emotions, decision making, etc.

  • Participants will develop an understanding of how deprived environments and supportive environments impact the brain differently

  • Participants will learn what behaviors we engage in as adults that most greatly impact a child’s brain development

This event is part of the Mental Health Training Series. 

The Mental Health Training Series is a luncheon series held five times per year at the Allen County Public Library as part of the Mental Health Specialty Track of Allen Superior Court. The training series, a collaboration between Great KIDS make Great COMMUNITIES and Allen Superior Court, Family Relations Division, is offered free of charge and is funded in part by the Court Improvement Project and The Lutheran Foundation. These trainings are open to professionals and volunteers working with children and families involved in the court system. Preregistration is required. One CEU per hour of training will be available to participants upon request.

$30.00 workshop fee. This workshop is limited to 40 participants. Two (2) CEUs & light snacks are provided.