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 Kate Shanks-Booth, Director
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 Ithaca, NY 14850
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Michael Nerney

Why Adolescents Love Risk-Taking, and How we Can Help Manage It &

De-stressing the Teenage Brain


Thursday, October 24, 2019

8:30 am  - 3:30 pm

Hotel Ithaca, 222 S. Cayuga Street, Ithaca
Light refreshments will be provided. Lunch on your own.
We are so very happy to bring Michael Nerney back to Ithaca.
He is an internationally known lecturer, consultant, teacher, coach and father.
Read his full bio.
Topics for the day:
Why Adolescents Love Risk-Taking and How We Can Help Manage It:
Why do adolescents find drinking alcohol and engaging in high-risk behaviors so attractive? Recent research on the adolescent brain clearly demonstrates that they perceive and process risk assessment in ways that are remarkably unlike those of adults. Changes in receptor site numbers and sensitivity, neurotransmitter action, and social-emotional responses all combine to influence how teens evaluate risk. Mr. Nerney will offer new ways to think about and talk about risk reduction, including access to structured risk taking, and the use of "gist" language. These concepts can be applied across the spectrum of adolescent risky behaviors, including drug and alcohol use, sexual activity, and others.
De-Stressing the Teenage Brain:
Recent brain research on stress and teens demonstrates that stress impacts physical health, emotional responsiveness, cognitive functioning and risk taking behaviors. In this presentation, participants will explore the reasons that teens are vulnerable to stress, what role gender plays in the stress response, and some mechanisms that adults may employ to help adolescents successfully manage their stress levels.


REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED Contact me at or call (607) 274-5310, deadline to register is October 16th.



Dr. Edward A. Mainzer, EdD, LMHC

Talking Gay...Lesbian, Bisexual, Trnsgender, Queer/Questioning, Intersex, and Asexual Issues:  A Primer for the Human Services


Thursday, November 14, 2019

9:00 - 11:30 am 

Hotel Ithaca, 222 S. Cayuga Street, Ithaca


Light refreshments will be provided.


Dr. Mainzer is a NYS Licensed Mental Health Counselor who holds master's degrees in history and counseling and a doctorate in education.


The LGBTQIA community encompasses diverse individuals in stages of lifespan development from pre-adolescence onward. Some present to us with specifically LGBTQIA-involved concerns, while we encounter many others with their sexual or affectional orientation and/or gender identity as only a subsidiary issue or even unknown, but something a greater understanding of which will allow us to more effectively assist them.


This workshop provides an introduction, allowing human service providers at multiple levels of expertise an opportunity to expand their vocabularies, clarify their understandings, consider what best practices they already incorporate in their work and identify areas for further growth.


During the workshop we will:

1) Disaggregate the acronym LGBTQIA from human services and historical perspectives.

2) Recognize the significance of intersectionality.

3) Analyze causes and consequences of anti-LGBT bullying and LGBT suicidality.

4) Assess ways human service providers can improve services to members of the LGBTQIA community and their families/allies.


REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED Contact me at or call (607) 274-5310, deadline to register is November 5th.




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