Adolescent Development

Adolescent Development

This online educational course is brief and free. It is provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The Institute for Safe Families also offers educational information. 

Below are some examples:

The Amazing Brain: What Every Parent and Caregiver Needs to Know

The Amazing Brain & Discipline - Positive Parenting

The Teen Years Explained

This guide to healthy teen development is free and available online through the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Chapters are brief and can be read out of order, depending on areas of interest. Each chapter addresses a topic and offers strategies for adults to encourage healthy adolescent development.

Another resource from the Institue for Safe Families:

The Amazing Teen Brain: What Parents Need to Know

Foundation for Healthy Development

The Search Institute discusses 40 foundational assets which promote healthy adolescent development. Information is available for different developmental stages and is also provided in Spanish. Review specific actions you can take to encourage healthy development. offers educational information on a variety of topics, including juvenile substance use and mental health. Each topic includes a list of key terms, prevalence rates, warning signs, risk & protective factors, and treatment options.

Glenbard Parent Series: Navigating Healthy Families

The Glenbard Parent Series offers free, community-based lectures and presentations by local and national experts in a variety of fields dealing with youth. Topics cover many issues facing today's youth. Some programs are presented in Spanish and a specialized series is also available - FUSE: Families United in Support of Equality and Excellence for African-American Students (Co-Sponsored by the DuPage Brance of the NAACP). 

*Advanced registration is not required.*     

2018-19 Calendar of Events

Child & Adolescent Trauma

The rate of trauma exposure experienced by youth in the juvenile justice and child welfare systems has been shown by research to be elevated when compared to the general adolescent population.      

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network offers an overview of trauma and strategies for support.   Explore the tabs at the top for additional information and resources.     

Changing Minds is is a site devoted to transforming public attitudes about children’s exposure to violence and the effects of trauma on healthy brain development. One of the most significant predictors of a child’s resiliency in the face of trauma is consistent interaction with a caring and supportive adult.     

ACES (Adverse Childhood Experiences Survey) looks at the effects of difficult childhood experiences and their relationship to various health problems. 

Dr. Nadine Burke-Harris offers an overview of how how childhood trauma affects health across a lifetime in this TED Talks video:     

ACES scores do NOT diagnose mental or physical health problems. ACES scores can help you decide if you might benefit from contacting a physician and/or mental health professional to discuss how you have been impacted. 

To get your ACES score visit:      

Everyone responds to traumatic or difficult experiences differently. Resiliency is the ability to bounce back after an adverse or traumatic experience. Resiliency is possible. Review the links included in "Additional Information & Resources" below for ways to combat the negative aspects of adverse experiences. Talking to a professional may be helpful. Refer to the "Mental Health" and/or "DuPage Resources" sections of our website for resources in DuPage County.