Tailored for child-serving social workers, therapists, and psychologists, this presentation provides a comprehensive exploration of the child and adolescent brain, alongside the profound impacts of anxiety, depression, and trauma on its development. Attendees will delve into developmental milestones and critical periods shaping cognitive and emotional growth. This knowledge will be the foundation for discussion on the intricate interplay between psychological stressors and neural architecture, influencing emotional resilience and cognitive pathways. The presentation will not only facilitate analytical insights but also foster collaborative discussions, encouraging participants to apply their understanding through case studies and practical scenarios. Ultimately, attendees will gain actionable insights to enhance their intervention strategies and positively influence the well-being of the youth they engage with.
Dr. Amy Fortney Parks brings with her over 30 years of experience working with children, adolescents and families as both an educator and psychologist. She is a passionate “BRAIN ENTHUSIAST” and strives to help everyone she works with understand the brain science of communication, activation and relationships. Dr. Parks has a Doctorate in Educational Psychology with a specialty in developmental neuroscience. She is a Child & Adolescent Psychologist as well as the founder and Clinical Director of WISE Mind Solutions LLC and The Wise Family Counseling, Assessment & Parent Coaching in Virginia. Dr. Parks serves as a Clinical Supervisor for Virginia LPC Residents, as well as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.