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Behind the Behaviour



The Teenage Brain

25th April 2024 | 13:30 - 15:30 | online | 2 hours | MS Teams

Course description

This training covers the main changes that happen during the teenage years to the brain and how this can help us understand young people. In the session we will explore: three key areas of the brain, hormones that influence brain function, melatonin and sleep, how the brain works, the social brain, how learning about the brain can help us understand teenage behaviour, and the role of professionals in supporting young people at this time.

Learning Outcomes:

• To increase your knowledge of the teenage brain.

• To explore strategies to support young people with the changes that happen during adolescence. 

All courses are FREE of charge to schools and organisations within the Manchester City Council boundary, however a £25 non-attendance fee will be applied if you are unable to attend and less than 24 hours notice is provided (alternative staff may attend in your place).

For schools/organisations outside of Manchester, the following fees will apply:

£50 for full day courses, £30 for half day courses.


Kelly O'Brien

Kelly has gained over twenty-one years of experience working in both public health and education, including thirteen years with the Healthy Schools’ team. This has afforded Kelly with extensive experience of working with schools on all aspects of PSHE, delivering training, and developing schemes of work. Her specialist subject for Healthy Schools is drugs and alcohol education, and her professional interests include positive psychology, transition, and inclusion in education.

Kelly is passionate about supporting school communities to deliver Health Education through an approach that engages the whole school community and promotes a positive ethos and environment. She is committed to lifelong learning and has achieved a First-class BA (Hons) in Education; a Masters in Education in the field of Psychology of Education, and has undertaken postgraduate research about teachers' perspectives on PSHE and health education. In her spare time, Kelly enjoys cooking, gardening, films, and walking with her labradoodle, Bella. 


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