May 26, 2017

Collaborative Courts Speakers Series: Adolescents, Young Adults, and the Brain

San Francisco Collaborative Courts offers a quarterly speaker series to provide relevant training opportunities to partners across justice, substance use, mental health, and family service systems. Participation is free of charge.

Upcoming training opportunity: 

Adolescents, Young Adults, and the Brain
Friday, June 9, 2:30-4:30pm
Judicial Council of California
455 Golden Gate Avenue, San Francisco, CA
Milton Marks Auditorium, lower level


Working with adolescents and young adults requires an understanding of the developmental processes affecting behavior, decision making, capacity and motivation. This training provides an overview of the typical and trauma-reactive developmental changes in adolescence and young adulthood. Training content provides a brief overview of neuroscience, substance use, developmental differentiation, mental health issues and trauma. Participants will learn key strategies for positive engagement with youth and young adults. 


Dr. Gena Castro Rodriguez, Psy.D., holds a BA in psychology from Sacramento State University, a Masters in Counseling Psychology from University of San Francisco, and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from California Institute for Integral Studies. She has worked in the dependency, delinquency and criminal justice systems for 25 years, including 10 years as the co-founder and executive director of the Youth Justice Institute. She is currently the Chief of the Victim Services Division and Parallel Justice Programs for San Francisco District Attorney’s Office overseeing victim advocacy, restitution, State Victims Compensation Program and the Sentencing Planning Program. Her clinical and research interests are in the areas of trauma, delinquency, cultural humility, victimology and gender responsivity.

The training is free and CEU credits (MCLE and BBS) will be provided. RSVP is not required. Room is available based on seating capacity. Feel free to forward this information.

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