Adolescent Counseling Services’ Resource Blog

Parenting Teens: Some Secrets to Staying (Somewhat) Sane

Written By:  Charlotte Villemoes, LMFT, Site Supervisor, ACS On-Campus Counseling Program The cuteness is gone, and so is the desire to hold your hand on the way to school and cuddle up at bedtime. The kid who used to look to you for answers for anything from “Why does the earth spin?” to “Why do […]

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Tech-Positive Parenting

Written By:  Deborah Sloss, LCSW, ACS Site Supervisor, On-Campus Counseling Program   Teenagers today are constantly “plugged in”– gaming, texting, tweeting, or posting on Snapchat and Instagram.  As parents, we worry that our kids are addicted, detached, and distracted by their digital devices.  We struggle with how to set appropriate limits and how to keep […]

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Technology and Teen Dating

Written By:  Sarah McLaughlin, LMFT, Site Supervisor, ACS On-Campus Counseling Program Teen relationships can often seem mysterious in this digital age. It’s not always easy for a parent to ascertain the nature of their child’s relationships or to keep track of the ups and downs that take place during these romantic relationships. How are teens […]

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Teen drug use other than marijuana falls to new lows

Reported By: Joshua Rhett Miller, New York Post Fewer US teens are using illegal drugs other than marijuana than ever before, according to an annual study that tracks substance abuse. The study — released Tuesday by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) — found that students in eighth, 10th and 12th grades from private and […]

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Pets now a main prescription in mental health issues

Reported By: By Jamie Wells, The American Council on Science and Health There is an ever-growing body of evidence that reinforces the health benefits of animals.  The cardiovascular and mental health ones are known and well-documented. A new study published in BMC Psychiatry sought to explore the role pets had in support, self-management and personal networks […]

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Holiday Stress And Managing Expectations

University of Connecticut Health’s Dr. Michael Kisicki, assistant professor of psychiatry, shares his best advice to help you and your family get through any potential stressful and anxiety-provoking holiday activities, including family get-togethers and post-election debates. Q. What is it about the holiday season that leads to higher levels of anxiety and stress? A. We […]

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