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Join us for a unique and fascinating CE morning event with Harvard evolutionary biologist, physician and award-winning author, Barbara Natterson-Horowitz, MD who will present the animal lens on human adolescent development. Dr. Natterson-Horwitz's presentation integrates findings from her five-year study of wild adolescence focusing on species-wide patterns in development across critical transitional periods. Her presentation will offer powerful insights for mental health professionals, educators and parents from the natural world which strengthen our understanding of human adolescent struggles and triumphs.

The vulnerability of animal adolescents to “human” challenges from self-injury, anxiety, eating disorders, depressed behavior, and sexual coercion and why this matters to human adolescents will be explored. Her landmark research and short wildlife videos will offer many clinical takeaways and usable lessons, and the morning will conclude with Dr. Bonnie Goldstein will facilitating a discussion with Dr. Natterson-Horowitz and audience members exploring areas such as:

    • Risk Taking: Why adolescent animals take greater risks than mature adults
      …and how this information can help keep human adolescents safer
    • Parent-Offspring Conflict: What adolescent animals their parents have conflict and fight over
      … how this can improve relationships between human adolescents and their parents
    • Adolescent Depression: Why social exclusion and ‘status descent’ is so painful for adolescent animals
      ....and how understanding this explains the effects of social media** on human adolescent moods.
    • Adolescent Anxiety: Why some adolescent animals are more anxious than others and how parenting affects anxiety level of wild animal adolescents
      ....and how human parents can use this information with their anxious adolescents.
    • Sexual Consent and Coercion: What happens in the wild when an animal says ‘NO’?
      .....and how studying sexual coercion and consent in wild adolescent can help adolescents better understand this challenging issue in their lives.
    • Privilege and Adolescence: How wild animal adolescents who inherit territory, social networks and status rank from parents differ in behavior and temperment from those who do not
      ....and how this information can be used to better understand adolescent moods and aggression

The content Dr. Natterson-Horowitz will present is based on her forthcoming book WILDHOOD: The Epic Journey from Adolescence to Adulthood.

Laurence Steinberg,PhD "Wildhood is one of the most insightful books ever written about this critically important stage of life,"

Temple Grandin, PhD "Wildhood blew my mind....I loved this book!"

Dan Siegel, MD “A magnificent tour de force in scientific exploration, creative thinking, and practical implications for how we understand and support youth...."

  3 Continuing Education Hours offered to psychologists, psychiatrists, physicians, therapists, counselors, nurses, wellness coaches, and other mental health care professionals and community members.

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    Adolescents across the Animal Kingdom: Insights for Mental Health and Medical Professionals Teachers & Parents from studies of Wild Animal Adolescents



Barbara Natterson Horowitz 61x82Barbara Natterson-Horowitz, MD, This half-day workshop will offer an entirely new understanding of the the crucial, vulnerable, and exhilarating phase of life between childhood and adulthood in our species. Barbara Natterson-Horowitz, MD, is Visiting Professor Harvard University Department of Human Evolutionary Biology and Professor of Medicine in the Division of Cardiology at UCLA Medical School. She studies the natural world to uncover unique perspective on human well-being, including mental health. In 2012, she co-authored the award-winning NYT bestseller ZOOBIQUITY:The Astonishing Connection Between Human and Animal Health.
In our morning gathering she will launch her newest book, WILDHOOD: The Epic Journey from Adolescence to Adulthood and share insights from her Keynote Address to the Nobel Assembly in Stockholm, Sweden this September.


  • Discuss the implications of the commonality in adolescent development and dysfunctions across species.
  • Illustrate how this knowledge can be used to better assess nd adress human adolescent challenges.
  • Formulate a clinical strategy targeted to an adolescent issue based upon this deeper understanding of the nature of adolescence.

CE Credit

This Conference offers CE Hours.

Continuing Education Credit: We are approved by APA, CAMFT, and CMA to offer Contiinuing Education Credit for our programs. Your eligibility for CE Credit is based solely on the information contained on your sign-in/out form.

Psychologists (APA): Lifespan Learning Ins;tute is approved by the American Psychological Associa;on to sponsor continuing educa;on for psychologists.
Lifespan Learning Institute maintains responsibility for this conference and its content. This conference offers 3 hours of CE credit.

LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, & LEPs (CAMFT): Lifespan Learning Institute is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, & LEPs. Lifespan Learning Institute maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content. (provider # 050085)

Psychiatrists and Physicians (CMA): The Lifespan Learning Institute is accredited by the California Medical Association (CMA) to provide cotinuing medical eductition for physicians.
The Lifespan Learning Institute designates this live activity for a maximum of 3 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Details & Fee

Fee: $95.00 by July 24, $110.00 thereafter

Enroll: Online or by phone: 310.474.2505

Location: The Beverly Hills Womens Club is located at 1700 Chevy Chase Dr, Beverly Hills, 90210 (plenty of free parking).

Attire: Dress comfortably. If you are sensitive to room climate, consider wearing layers.

Tech Courtesy: Please turn off your phone while in the conference room. NO video and/or audio recording in the workshop room.

Communications: All pre-conference and post-conference communications will be via email. This includes but is not limited to: Registration confirmation, digital syllabus, Evaluations, CE certificates, etc.

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