Great KIDS make Great COMMUNITIES offers a presentation on “Pediatric Addictions”

May 9th, 2017

Dr. Leslie Hulvershorn, May 10th at 2:30 pm in the downtown Allen County Public Library, lower level theater

 FORT WAYNE, Ind. (May 9, 2017). – A presentation with Dr. Leslie Hulvershorn, M.D, MSc on the topic of “Pediatric Addictions” is offered Wednesday, May 10th at 2:30 pm at the ALLEN COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY, in the Lower Level Theater.  This informative training session is offered at no cost and participants will receive 1 CEU.

Dr. Hulvershorn will be presenting compelling research on the effects of maternal drug use on in utero brain development, as well as offering screening tools and motivational interviewing strategies for use with adolescent drug users.  Instruction on effective substance abuse treatment options for teens will also be explored.

Dr. Hulvershorn earned her BS in Neuroscience from Indiana University, and graduated from the University of Oxford with an MSc in Auditory Neuroscience.  She is currently the associate professor of Clinical Psychiatry at the Indiana University School of Medicine, where she graduated, and currently heads up investigations on pediatric neuroimaging research projects, focusing on brain circuitry of high risk youth.

This training session is part of the Great KIDS make Great COMMUNITIES’ Metal Health Training Series, funded in part by The Lutheran Foundation.   Great KIDS make Great COMMUNITIES, a grant-funded positive youth development initiative under the supervision of Allen Superior Court, is funded in part by Foellinger Foundation.

Dr. Deborah McMahan, Health Commissioner, Fort Wayne-Allen County Department of Health stated this is an important subject, “Most people do not realize that ninety (90) percent of all adults with a substance use disorder started using under the age of 18 and half under the age of 15.  The adults in a young person’s life need to be knowledgeable about addiction and the impact it has on the developing brain of an adolescent.  Armed with facts, family, teachers, pastors and doctors can identify potential issues and intervene early – before long term damage is done”.

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