Research shows that children as young as elementary school are having experiences with drugs, alcohol, suicide and bullying, with cyber bullying peaking in sixth and seventh grades. However, there are strategies parents and educators can implement to help children avoid engaging in these high-risk behaviors.
In this episode, Crystal Collier, PhD, LPC-S discusses high-risk behaviors in children and teenagers. She gives concrete and practical tips on how to talk with children about these difficult topics in a simple and easily understood manner, and explains how bringing these topics up at an early age can reduce the chance of engaging in these high-risk behaviors down the line.
Topics mentioned are important for all families to consider and discuss with their children in a developmentally appropriate manner. However, this episode is geared toward adult listeners and contains mature content. Listener discretion is advised.
About Dr. Collier
Dr. Collier has worked with individuals suffering from mental, behavioral and substance use disorders since 1991. Her areas of expertise include adolescent brain development, parent coaching and prevention programming. She created a comprehensive prevention model to teach the neurodevelopmental effects of risky behavior to children, teens and parents. In 2018, Dr. Collier was awarded a research fellowship from the Hope and Healing Center & Institute. Her upcoming book, The Neuro Whereabouts Guide, will be available in spring 2020.
Additionally, Dr. Collier will be presenting an adult education session at The Parish School on Thursday, May 14, 2020. Save the date!