Brainstorm Intensive: A Practical Understanding for Keeping the Adolescent Brain in Mind

Adolescence is an incredible and unique period of life, characterized by significant inner and outer changes. In order to support adolescents most effectively, we can be greatly helped by first comprehending why these shifts occur. In this five-part video lecture, Dr. Siegel dives deeply into the science that underpins the approach to adolescence detailed in his New York Times bestselling book Brainstorm. Throughout this course, you will explore essential aspects of the developing mind, such as:

  • The remodeling period of the adolescent brain and how experience shapes the brain
  • The latest attachment research and its implications across the lifespan
  • Strategies for maintaining presence and resisting reactivity in the face of challenges
  • Exercises for developing and teaching mindsight for greater insight and empathy

Not only does this course offer a scientific foundation to better understand the nature of adolescence, but it provides a practical skillset for managing life’s issues with consciousness and compassion.

Lecture 1: The ESSENCE of Adolescence

Explore the ESSENCE of adolescents – the Emotional Spark, Social Engagement, Novelty-seeking, and Creative Exploration that occurs in this point of development.

Lecture 2: Your Brain

Dr. Siegel focuses on the critical neurological changes that occur in adolescence and the resulting changes in behavior, internal experience, and challenges to integration.

Lecture 3: Your Attachments

Learn how early life experiences – and how we make sense of these experiences – influence our mind and future relationships.

Lecture 4: Staying Present Through Changes and Challenges

Dr. Siegel describes how adolescents and adults can learn to cultivate presence and engage in reflective dialogues to better understand each other and connect.

Lecture 5: Mindsight Tools and Exercises

Dr. Siegel provides insight and practices to help cultivate mindsight abilities, which can be used in personal and professional contexts.

Online Q&A: Previously recorded 90-minute Q&A session where Dr. Siegel answers questions from previous students of the course

By the end of this course you will be able to

1. Explore how genetics, epigenetics, experiences, and our adaptation to experiences shape our development
2. Identify the five aspects of a healthy mind and optimal self-organization
3. Define integration and explain how it relates to relationships, the brain, and self-regulation
4. Assess the key processes of neuroplasticity and how to take advantage of this unique quality to promote well-being
5. Differentiate the biological process of puberty from the internal process of adolescence
6. Describe the evolutionary purpose of the remodeling period of the adolescent brain and how this process relates to the adolescent mind
7. Describe the changes that occur in the emotional, social, motivational, memory, appraisal, and reward systems in adolescent development
8. Explain Dr. Siegel’s Hand Model of the Brain and apply this model to situations in which one has “flipped his or her lid”
9. Describe the different models of attachment, including secure vs. non-secure and organized vs. disorganized attachment patterns
10. Identify the 4 S’s of secure attachment and be able to demonstrate these qualities in interpersonal communication
11. Outline how presence allows us to manage challenging situations more effectively
12. Define mindsight and its role in developing resilience, well-being, and social and emotional intelligence
13. Implement mindsight tools and exercises that promote integration, provide self-regulatory capability, and support adolescent development
14. Utilize and teach reflective dialogue as a means of inviting another to explore their internal world
15. Identify how self-reflection, presence, and making sense of our own experiences affect adolescents around us


"The Lifespan Learning Institute and the Mindsight Institute are cosponsors of the Continuing Education programs offered."

APA: Lifespan Learning Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Lifespan Learning Institute maintains responsibility for the program and its content. 
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)
It is your responsibility to verify with your licensing board / organization that they will accept the types of CE credit we offer. Out of state LMFTs, LPCCs, LEPs, and/or LCSWs should verify with their licensing board if they will accept BBS CE.

Upon completion of course, please mark your status as “complete” and you will obtain immediate access to your exam in your course area. Once you complete and submit your exam, our team will process same. Upon passing the exam with an 80% or better, a digital CE Credit Certificate will be emailed to you once it is available. Please note that this process could take up to 2 weeks. If you have any special circumstances, please reach out to the Mindsight Team at and we will do our best to accommodate. 

Further, if you simply require a Certificate of Completion, or if you have any questions regarding this process, please email the Mindsight Team at   

Disclosure: The speakers, and planning committee members listed below have disclosed that they have no relevant financial relationships with commercial interests

You may watch the lectures as many times as you’d like and they will remain in your library forever.

Stream the video lectures on any computer, tablet, or mobile device of your choice!​

A Certificate of Completion is available after completing this course. Please email the Mindsight Team at to request a test.




7 hrs

CE Credit





All Levels


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