Online Support Community for Parents & Caregivers

Families are facing unprecedented challenges due to circumstances surrounding COVID-19. In response, we invite you to join our new online support community for parents and caregivers who may have children experimenting with, or dependent on, substances.
 
Staff clinicians and specially trained parent coaches will host a series of live online gatherings to share insight and ideas on managing teen and adult children during this unique time. These gatherings are an opportunity to find support and connection along with tangible guidance on topics such as accessing treatment and planning for an adequate supply of medication.
 
Learn how to join these sessions here.

Words Matter- Stigmatizing Language

Much of the language that has been used to describe substance use disorder and drug use is loaded with stigma and carries real world harm. To learn more about stigmatizing language and what we can do to help de-stigmatize language click here.

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Tips to Help Teens Emotionally Prepare for College

The Child Mind Institute states, “Adolescents making the transition from high school to college need not only academic skills to ace the classwork, and time-management skills to stay afloat, but emotional problem-solving skills to handle the challenges. As parents, we can’t shadow them in the freshman dorm, but we can help supply them, before they leave home, with a toolbox of skills and habits to use when they become stressed or overwhelmed.”

Tips to Help Teens Emotionally Prepare for College:
1) College mental health skills
2) Don’t try to ‘fix’ every problem
3) Practice mindfulness with your teen
4) Help your child establish good self-care
5) Work on planning and ‘coping ahead’
6) Develop Strategies for Self-Soothing

Preparing for College Emotionally, Not Just Academically

 

 

 

Confronting the Vaping Epidemic

Matt Bellace, PhD, Psychologist and Comedian, talks about the dangers of vaping in a clear and easy-to-understand way. He conveys the seriousness of the consequences and also provides a positive and hopeful approach to choosing not to vape.

 

 

 

 

Life of a Student Athlete: Tip of the Week

Tip: During playoff season it is the healthy teams that have a better chance for success

Be a leader and make your own choices. Set an example to your peers and choose to surround yourself with those making healthy choices. Show your leadership by choosing not to use drugs or alcohol