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July 21 & 22, 2008
National Conference on Boys & Girls at Risk: the emerging science of gender differences

For more information on the conference or exhibiting contact:
Chris Dunleavy, 608-265-4267,
Download the save-the-date flyer


This cutting edge conference will present the latest information on adolescent brain development, highlight sex-based brain differences and will conduct workshops demonstrating how gender sensitivity can lead to better outcomes when used with existing programs and models.

Gender Focused Workshops will include:

  • Teaching Styles
  • Trauma
  • Clinical Assessment/Best Practices
  • Managing Substance Use Disorders
  • Juvenile Justice Issues
  • Eating Disorders
  • Self Mutilation
  • AODA Treatment
  • New Paradigms
Keynote Presenters:

Dr. Susan F. Tapert
Dr. Tapert, University of CA, San Diego, authored the well-known study comparing brain scans of 15-year-old non-drinkers to 15-year-old heavydrinkers. She will present her work on adolescent substance use and abuse, highlighting gender differences.

Don L. Coyhis
Don Coyhis is a member of the Mohican Nation. He is the founder and president of White Bison, Inc. He will present the closing keynote on Keeping our Children Sacred.

Dr. Andrew J. Petto
Dr. Andrew Petto, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, a biological anthropologist, will present basic information on differences in males and females from a scientific perspective, and why there are gender variations vis-a-vis culture and biology.

Sponsored by:

  • UW-Madison, Department of Professional Development & Applied Studies
    The Gender Studies Project
    Flo Hilliard, director
  • Department of Health & Family Services
    Bureau of Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services
    Project Fresh Light



The Global Appraisal of Individual Needs (GAIN) is an evidence-based assessment used with both adolescents and adults and in outpatient, intensive outpatient, partial hospitalization, methadone, short-term residential, long-term residential, therapeutic community, and correctional programs. It originated in 1993 as a collaboration between clinicians, researchers, and policymakers from over a dozen behavioral healthcare agencies to create a comprehensive biopsychosocial assessment tool. It is a progressive and integrated series of measures and computer applications designed to support a number of treatment practices. The GAIN has eight core sections: Background; Substance Use; Physical Health; Risk Behaviors and Disease Prevention; Mental and Emotional Health; Environment and Living Situation; Legal; and, Vocational. GAIN materials are available in hard copy and electronic forms. (See for more information.)
Check out our map of GAIN certified treatment providers in Wisconsin.



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