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30 Parents Share Their Favorite At-Home Activities To...

As more and more schools close down to help curtail the spread of coronavirus, parents are looking for ways to keep their kids engaged and learning while they're home from school ― whether that's with educational apps and shows, fun arts and...

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D'Souza testifies at public hearing on proposed marijuana legalization 
Deepak Cyril D'Souza, MD , Professor of Psychiatry, testified at a public hearing in Hartford on March 2 when lawmakers discussed details of a new bill proposed by the governor that would legalize recreational marijuana in Connecticut. Representing himself, and not the medical school, D'Souza said there is "fairly compelling evidence" that marijuana can affect youth. "While we define adulthood as 21 years of age, at least as brain scientists we actually know very well the brain only continues to mature and is complete by age 26," he said.   Read more    
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With the coronavirus postponing sport across the world, Mesut Ozil, Thibaut Courtois and other footballers have taken the opportunity to compete digitally in various video games.   Watch the Video.
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Motivating Change Talk: May the Force be with You 
Wednesday, March 25, 2020 | 2:00-3:30 PM
This FREE workshop will argue that motivational enhancement therapy or the mnemonic devices associated with Motivational Interviewing—things like OARS and FRAMES that help organize M.I.’s technique—may be necessary but not sufficient to engage an interviewee in change talk. The presenter will discuss ways that the underlying spirit of motivational enhancement counseling can engage interviewees in the exploration of their lives, initiate a shift in perspective, and foster a belief in “possibility thinking.” Register Now.
Relationship Wizardry: Creating Caring Connections
Wednesday, April 15, 2020 | Noon-1:30 PM
Trainer: Frank Eckles, Academy for Competent Youth Work
Relationships are central to anything you do when you work with young people. This webinar explores some of the key ideas that help child and youth care practitioners improve their understanding of how relationships form, and how to expand their ability to form caring connections with young people—especially “hard-to-reach” youth. Cost is $45.00. Register Now.
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Reports

Teen vaping is bad. Nicotine makes it worse, says researcher
Research by Marina Picciotto, PhD, Charles B. G. Murphy Professor of Psychiatry and Professor in the Child Study Center, of Neuroscience and of Pharmacology, was featured in Science Magazine, which covered a talk where she discussed her findings on the long-term impact of nicotine on a developing brain. Picciotto has researched the long-term effects of nicotine exposure on developing brains in mice. This research showed nicotine-exposed adolescent mice had structural changes to their brain cells, altering how information is sent throughout the brain.   Read more   
On Tuesday morning, the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a temporary but sweeping change around the approval of and reimbursement for telehealth services for Medicare beneficiaries. This guidance and other recent actions by CMS  provide regulatory flexibility to ensure  that all Americans—particularly high-risk individuals—are aware of easy-to-use, accessible benefits that can help keep them healthy while helping to contain the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).   Prior to this announcement, Medicare was only allowed to pay clinicians for telehealth services such as routine visits in certain circumstances. Read full report.
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