Title : Unchaining the Brain: The Power of a School Neuropsychological Assessment Involving Adolescent Substance Use
This presentation will address the needs and approaches for performing an in-depth School Neuropsychological assessment to address the degree of issues surrounding adolescent Substance Use Disorder (SUD). We will explore an assessment model addressing various neuro-cognitive and neuro-behavioral substrates involving the Integrated School Neuropsychological/Cattell-Horn-Carrol (CHC) Conceptual Model. The Model explores broad and narrow brain-behavior classifications encompassing sensory-motor, visual-spatial, auditory/phonological functioning, and memory. Additional exploration will involve executive functioning, various aspects of attention, processing speed, acquired knowledge, language, and academic achievement, all of which are essential for the learning and psycho-social planning and recovery. As an outgrowth of the School Neuropsychological assessment data, we will discuss a Brain and Behavior Coaching Model for dealing with an individual's Substance Use Disorder. The discussion will address any learning differences, neurodevelopmental concerns, and mental health issues, which will empower the School Neuropsychologist to provide productive feedback to all involved in an individual's neuro-educational care. We will explore resources that may prove beneficial and provide helpful interventions leading to being a change agent for adolescents struggling with a Substance Use Disorder when fostering on-going quality care. As such, we will review an abbreviated case sample.