Archive | April, 2014

Empathy in Communicating with your TechWorld Teen

Taryn Bogonovich, MFTI ACS’ Marriage and Family Therapist Intern As a co-facilitator of the ACS weekly parents support group, I often hear parents share that the world their kids are growing up in is so vastly different than their experience.  They just don’t understand their teen’s behavior and sometimes they don’t know how to manage […]

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Parent Education Night at PAUSD on April 24, 2014

Join ACS’ Program Director of On-Campus Counseling and other Professionals, Parents and Students to discuss “Is it Normal Or…? Understanding My Teen’s Emotions and Behaviours” on Thursday, April 24th from 7-9 pm at the PAUSD Board Room (25 Churchill Ave, Palo Alto). Professional panelists include: Susan Shultz, Guidance Counselor at Palo Alto High School; Meg […]

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Pot-smoking style linked to addiction risk

Source: http://www.reuters.com By: C.E. HUGGINS Marijuana smokers’ behavior is more important than the potency of their pot or how much of the psychoactive ingredient THC they take in for predicting who will become dependent, according to a small new study. Researchers have debated whether smokers of high-potency cannabis varieties are at greater risk of addiction because […]

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Ambien Abuse and Teens

By: Tiffany Goodsite Adolescent Substance Abuse Treatment Program Intern According to the Partnership at Drugfree.org, many of today’s teens abuse Ambien.  Often called “A-minus” or “Zombie pills,” the teens who take them report experiencing hallcuinations or blackouts while under the influence of the drug and rather than trying to go to sleep, teens who take the […]

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Although youth narcotics use is down, potency of ‘street drugs’ is up

Source: Palo Alto Online By: Chris Kenrick Use of narcotics — like those allegedly ingested by the Palo Alto 18-year-old who was arrested after trespassing and fighting residents on Colorado Avenue Friday, April 4 — has declined among local youth, according to survey data. But police and youth counselors said the increased potency of many […]

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#svcfemployees have donated over $3000 t

#svcfemployees have donated over $3000 to give #svgives charities a chance at a $150 Golden Ticket. You can help ACS win a Golden Ticket!

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What Mindfulness Means

By: Jennica Janssen Adolescent Substance Abuse Treatment Program Intern “The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, not to worry about the future, or not to anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.” – Buddha Mindfulness is a broad term that is […]

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Of Cigs And Selfies: Teens Imitate Risky Behavior Shared Online

Source: http://www.npr.org/blogs/ By: Patti Neighmond Listen to the story: http://www.npr.org/player/v2/mediaPlayer.html?action=1&t=1&islist=false&id=258690319&m=288492946 Teenagers put a lot of stock in what their peers are doing, and parents are forever trying to push back against that influence. But with the advent of social media, hanging out with the wrong crowd can include not just classmates, but teenagers thousands of miles away […]

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Did you know it’s “National Catch Your Teen Doing Something Right” Month?

By Merrett Sheridan, LMFT Site Director at Palo Alto High School Ok so I made that up, but why not?   Ask yourself when was the last time you gave your teen a truly heartfelt “atta boy” for something significant and for no reason other than to make them feel good?  By significant I don’t mean thanking them […]

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Jane Fonda Helps Teen Sort Out Adolescence

Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com By: Marianne Schnall Jane Fonda is well known as an Oscar- and Emmy-award winning actress and for her best-selling books and exercise videos, as well as for her activism around a variety of issues, such as co-founding the Women’s Media Center. What you may not know, is that Fonda also has a long and varied […]

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