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2013 ParentMap Lecture Series: Dan Siegel

Published on: December 26, 2012

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Dan SiegelDr. Dan Siegel

Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain

Monday, December 9th, 2013 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Seattle, Town Hall

Tickets:  General Admission: $20 

Professional Rate (includes 2 CEUs): $34.99


As any parent with a teenager can tell you, their child’s adolescent years can be intimidating, confusing and anxiety-ridden. The behavioral changes that take place during this period strain even the strongest parent/child relationships, leaving both sides frustrated and begging a fundamental question—why do teens act this way?

Now, world-renowned neuropsychiatrist and bestselling author of The Whole-Brain Child, Dr. Dan Siegel, helps parents crack this code with groundbreaking research in interpersonal neurobiology. Dr. Siegel explores how brain development affects teenage behavior and relationships and helps promote understanding between parents and their teens. Some of the topics this talk will cover include:

  • Dispelling the popular myths of teenage behavior
  • Why teens are driven to seek out novelty and take more risks
  • How the brain undergoes rapid changes, even throughout one’s early 20s (i.e., your rebellious “teen” years don’t end when you hit 20)
  • How adolescence is truly a “Golden Age” of innovation and creativity

For counselors, psychologists and those working with teens, this presentation will offer insights into hyper-rational thinking, impulsivity, changes in the dopamine drive for reward, and increases in the emotional reactivity of the brain to illuminate many of the potential risk factors during these transformative years of life.  Rather than seeing adolescence as a period of immaturity or dysfunction, this view suggests that the essence of adolescence—the emotional spark, social engagement, novelty-seeking, and creative explorations—can best be harnessed by supporting these important aspects of our human development.  

ParentMap is excited to offer Washington parents and those working with teens, a sneak peek into Dr. Siegel's latest research and his new book: BRAINSTORM: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain (Tarcher/Penguin hardcover; $27.95; On-sale Jan 2014). Discounted pre-sales orders for BRAINSTORM will be available at the lecture. 


Brainstorm is a must read book for every parent if they want to avoid emotional turbulence in their own lives as their children go through adolescence.

It’s lifesaving for the whole family.”


Brainstorm is a necessary look at why adolescents do what they do... The information that Dr. Dan Siegel shares is not only invaluable for understanding your growing child's brain, but helps build more compassion and patience.”
—Goldie Hawn

 “With his usual personal and compassionate delivery, Dr. Siegel illustrates how we can all become more aware, empathic, and understanding of both teenagers and ourselves.”

— Laura Kastner, Clinical Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences,

Univ. of Washington, and author of Wise-Minded Parenting


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Thank you to our lecture sponsor:

Timberline Knolls











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