A free, cutting-edge program that provides information on the potential negative impact of technology on the brain and behavior is being offered by the Salem County Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Drug and Alcohol Services – Municipal Alliance Program.

Discover how texting, social networking, gaming and electronic interactions can contribute to decreased social skills and violence in the home and school, and the potential for substance abuse. Individuals attending this event will be able to cite ways today’s technology directly contributes to creating behavioral issues and learn how video games can cause changes in brain function and possibly contribute to high-risk behavior.

“Participants will learn to “lower the volume” in family settings. They will discover steps to immediately decrease acting out and improve family life balance,” said Freeholder Director Bob Vanderslice, who also chairs the Health & Human Services Committee.

Due to the nature of the presentation, no youth are permitted. Interested community members are welcome to attend.

The free training will be held on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 from 6pm to 8pm at the Salem Community College, Donaghay Hall, Event Room 106. Parking is available in parking lot D.

Training will be provided by John Kriger of Kriger Consulting. Registration is encouraged.

To register, contact Victoria Maurizio, who coordinates the County’s Municipal Alliance Program at 856-935-7510 extension 8449, or email her at Victoria.maurizio@salemcountynj.gov