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1. This curriculum component explains how the physiological changes in the
brain occurring during adolescence affect teens’ psyche and behaviors. The
curriculum demonstrates how these changes affect how teens perceive, process and
respond (PPR) and the ramifications of these changes on interactions with peers,
adults, and authority figures.

2. This curriculum component describes prevalent mental illnesses in teens,
and helps officers recognize and respond appropriately to them. In addition to
discussing medication currently prescribed for mental health issues, this
component will review the abuse of prescription drugs, as well as other means of
self medication youth employ to relieve distress and anxiety.

3. This curriculum component explains the many sources of trauma as well as
trauma’s potential impacts on the brain, psyche, and behaviors of youth. It
demonstrates how these ramifications may manifest in interactions between youth
and their peers or authority figures. Often, signs of trauma can be misconstrued
as signs of guilt – this curriculum component explains how to identify these
signs and gives best practices to address them appropriately.

4. This curriculum component reviews how demographic factors affect
interactions of youth and police. Policing is often most concentrated in
demographic factors, especially poverty, economic instability and insecure
sources of housing and food, as well as increased homelessness. This component
demonstrates the impact of these factors on youth behavior. The curriculum
emphasizes how the juvenile justice system has a disproportionate impact on poor
and minority youth, who live in environments with no or inadequate support
systems.

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