Archive | February, 2014

When a Teen Needs Help, Now They Can Text For It

By Monica Ippolito MFTI Adolescent Substance Abuse Treatment/After-School Counseling Program Intern Parents, have you noticed the way that your teens communicate with their friends and family?  If you have spent anytime on a middle or high school campus or seen a group of teens standing around at the movie theater, mall or amusement park then you have […]

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The Language of Teen Love

Source: yourteenmag.com By: Samantha Zabell For anyone who has accused a teen of having a limited vocabulary, consider the effort that has gone into coming up with an entire glossary around the teenage love scene. Here, the most important to help you stay in the loop. Talking: Leave it to the teens to take the act of chatting and […]

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How Do I Get My Teen to Counseling?

By: Connie Mayer, LMFT Director of Outpatient Counseling I often answer phone calls from parents who want to know how to get their teenager to come to counseling. I have been a therapist for 30 years and I have heard the same fears and hesitations. “My son told me he wont get in the car”,”I […]

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I Don’t Like My Teenager’s Friends

Source: yourteenmag.com By: Diana Simeon You shouldn’t expect to like all of your teenager’s friends. But be wary of interfering, unless those friends are getting your teenager into trouble, advises Dr. Tori Cordiano, assistant director of the Center for Research on Girls at Laurel School in Ohio in this Your Teen Q&A. Where do we start? Start with a conversation. […]

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“Sizzurp”- A Risky Drug Available at your Local Drugstore

By: Taryn Bogonovich Adolescent Substance Abuse Treatment Program Intern Teens have been known to experiment with new ways to get a “high”.  You may have heard the news recently about a new craze referred to as “Sizzurp” or “Purple Drank”, which is a mix of  soda, candy and prescription cough syrup with codeine.  While rap musicians […]

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Depression, anxiety and social phobias rising in kids, educators say

By Sharon Noguchi Source: http://www.mercurynews.com/health A popular and accomplished Los Altos High student received a parent’s text message at school last year, to come home to talk about her grades. The student and star athlete had earned all A’s — except one D. She asked to be excused from English class to go to the bathroom, […]

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Is your Kid Too Mature?

by Rom Brafman PhD. & Ali Rodriguez, MFT Trainee Site Director and Intern at La Entrada Middle School   With so many demands placed on kids these days, school gets more and more competitive every year.  Parents feel compelled to help out their kids by getting them prepared for the years of education that lie ahead.  […]

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