From mood swings to risk taking, teens can be difficult to decipher at times. Learning about their growth, brain development and what triggers their behavior during this period in their lives can help you better understand and guide them.

Montgomery County Community College’s Student Support and Referral Team (SSRT) in collaboration with the Montgomery County Teen Parent Task Force invites all parents, guardians, teachers, counselors, health care providers and others who work with teens to a free information session, “Straight Talk About Understanding the Teen Brain,” on Wednesday, Oct. 26, from 7-9 p.m. in Science Center 214, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell. Resource tables with information will be available at 6:30 p.m.

The program features guest speaker Dr. Judith W. Herrman, R.N., ANEF, who is an associate professor at the University of Delaware’s School of Nursing. Dr. Herrman will discuss the latest research that shows how patterns of brain development during these formative years play a significant role in shaping your teen’s personality and actions.

Register by Oct. 19 by calling LaRue Emmell at 215-679-3086 or email In lieu of a registration fee, donations of non-perishable food items will be accepted for distribution to a local food bank.

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