What can be done for youths who engage in risky behavior?

Dropping out of school, gang involvement, teen pregnancy, and alcohol and drug use are among the issues that keep many young people from productive futures. Luckily, more strategies have been discovered for professionals that can save teens from these at-risk behaviors.

In June, Continuing Studies will offer one of its most popular conferences, Boys and Girls at risk: emerging science in gender differences, which is designed for professionals who work with youth faced with challenging situations.

Scheduled for June 15 at Madison Marriott West, the conference’s keynote session examines “From Exasperation to Satisfaction: Gender Differences in Interpersonal Communication.” The speaker is Cynthia Torppa, PhD.

Attended each year by educators, counselors, social workers, clergy, juvenile justice workers and others, the program’s other sessions will explore:

• How parents, teachers, case managers and others can communicate more effectively with youth of either gender
• Surprising information on how trauma affects boys and how to reach boys to help them heal
• The hidden world of teenage cyber-culture and how to know when it gets dangerous
from a female and a male perspective
• The promising practices for helping female trauma survivors heal
• An evidenced-based model of intervention that works for teens who are using substances
• Brain imaging and what it tells us about the differences between girls and boys and the clinical implications of these differences