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5th Edition of Global Conference on

Addiction Medicine, Behavioral Health and Psychiatry

October 21-23, 2024 | Baltimore, Maryland, USA

GAB 2022

Neurobehavioral assessment of youth trauma: A means of preserving sobriety

Speaker at Addiction Medicine, Behavioral Health and Psychiatry 2022 - Ann Marie Leonard Zabel
Curry College & NEALAC Clinic, United States
Title : Neurobehavioral assessment of youth trauma: A means of preserving sobriety


This presentation proposes the need and approaches of performing an in-depth Trauma Informed-School Neuropsychological Assessment (TI-SNP) to address the degree of issues globally surrounding adolescent Substance Use Disorder (SUD). We will explore the (TI-SNP) Assessment Model by reviewing several definitions on Trauma and PTSD. We will explore the impact of Trauma on brain involving the function of stress related changes that can impact adequate limbic system and neurotransmitter functioning.

We will discuss the neurodevelopmental consequences and school neuropsychological implications of Trauma and Traumatic Stress, with an overview of how Trauma impacts memory and learning along with social-emotional adjustment. Overall, the (TI-SNP) assessment findings will help conceptualize accommodations and/or modification plans within a home, school, and clinical setting, all working in cohort as the stakeholders of quality care.

As an outgrowth of the Trauma Informed-School Neuropsychological Assessment (TI-SNP) data, we will explore websites and resources that may provide helpful interventions globally leading to promoting health and wellness with adolescent coping with an  on-going recovery process involving Substance Use Disorder (SUD). The outgrowth of the (TI-SNP) assessment is to foster a solid partnership between the stake-holders treating adolescents needs resulting in a healthy paramount of care.

After completing the presentation, professionals will be able to:

• Review a Trauma Informed-School Neuropsychological Assessment Model (TI-SNP) to guide more effective assessment and treatment interventions.

• How to conduct a (TI-SNP) Assessment and what areas of brain & behavior needs to be to assessed for adequate care.

• Explain the assessment information to assist families, as well as mental health and medical professionals, to understanding SUD adolescent level of care with effective Trauma accommodations and modifications for ongoing treatment.

Audience Take Away:

• The audience will learn about a Trauma Informed-School Neuropsychological Assessment Model (TI-SNP) to assess the brainbehavioral impact involving adolescent Substance Use Disorder (SUD)

• The information learned will assist the professional to have a neurobehavioral approach to suggest interventions for compliance of care between the SUD adolescent and other stakeholders

• The Trauma Informed-School Neuropsychological Assessment Model (TI-SNP) approach will provide practical accommodations and/or modifications to assist the SUD adolescent and all involved with establishing a realistic picture of educational and psycho-social care


Dr. Ann Marie Leonard-Zabel is a Full Professor of Psychology and Department Coordinator at Curry College in Massachusetts, USA. She received awards from Curry College involving Person of the Year, Excellence in Teaching, Excellence in Research, Excellence in Partnership Collaboration, Woman of Inspiration, and an invited two-time presenter at the Curry Authors event. She is a frequent speaker and keynote at national and international conferences involving School Psychology, School Neuropsychology, Disability Analysis, Homeland Security, Violence-Aggression, Forensic Examining, Autism, Trauma, A-D/HD, COVID-19/Long COVID and Post COVID-19 conditions among children and youth, Ethics, and Addictions. In addition, she owns a private international practice specializing in evaluations, consultation, and in-service trainings for neuro-behavioral learning disabilities, neuro-developmental disorders, emotional-behavioral disorders, forensic examiner evaluations and substance use/abuse disorders.For the past 17 years, she has served as a clinical supervisor/clinical instructor for the School Neuropsychology Institute training psychologists in School Neuropsychology. Dr. Leonard-Zabel has published chapters and training programs in the areas of Autism, Mental Health, Learning Disabilities, Telepractice Therapy, Diversity-Equity-Inclusion, as well as chapters in Ethics, TBI, Addictions, and Forensics. Dr. Leonard-Zabel is a Board of Director for the Learning Disabilities Worldwide Congress and is one of a group of Global Goodwill Ambassadors-USA for the Global Goodwill Ambassador Foundation (GGAF) focusing on the UN SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-Being (strengthen the prevention, assessment and treatment of substance use disorder) and SDG 4 - Quality Education (disabilities and human rights) and SDG 16 - Promote Peaceful and Inclusive Societies (decrease violence and abuse of children and youth). Dr. Leonard-Zabel is currently developing a course to bring global awareness on the topic “The Hijacked Brain-Adolescent Addiction” for the Global Goodwill Ambassador Foundation (GGAF) Learning Institute. She received the Lifetime Achievement award in School Neuropsychology and the Distinguished Lifetime Career Achievement award from the American Board of Disability Analysts.