Adolescent Counseling Services’ Resource Blog

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 our […]

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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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How do I talk to my kid?

Written By:  Kin Leung, LMFT | ACS Site Supervisor, Gunn High School Sometimes it can feel that teenagers are some of the most difficult people to understand on the planet. On top of that, being a parent makes it even more challenging to talk to your own teenage children. As a psychotherapist, my job is […]

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