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Peer Advocates help teenagers transition to adulthood

By Dan Mucci | August 12, 2020

Many factors determine a teenager’s path to adulthood. Their own family choices will help chart the course. By law, at the age of 18, adolescents are considered adults and many parents entrust their children at this age to pay for all of life’s necessities by living in their own apartment, buying clothes, holding down a job and having transportation. Depending on the family dynamics and upbringing, some teenagers are not ready for the challenge or responsibility. Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health (C&A) provides services to help teenagers transition … Continued

Long Anticipated LYLS Online Auction is Here

By Dan Mucci | July 27, 2020

Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health’s (C&A) long-awaited and much-anticipated Let Your Light Shine Online Auction is Aug. 3 to 14 featuring an array of items to bid on to suite everyone’s taste. C&A’s auction will feature items to pamper and treat yourself or help you get an early start on Christmas shopping, providing you can find hiding places. The 15th annual Let Your Light Shine fundraiser is C&A’s biggest fundraiser of the year to support ongoing programming and services the agency provides to the 4,400 clients we serve … Continued

A typical bon fire may be a teenagers cover up for substance use

By Kaiya Tyler | July 7, 2020

Campfires Now that it’s summer time, that means no school, warmer weather, bonfires and hangouts. Who doesn’t love a good campfire with s’mores, music, and friends? Some pre-teens and teenagers use bonfires as an excuse to get together and experiment with drinking and using different substances (vaping, marijuana and opioids to mention a few). Bonfires are the perfect time for teens to use substances because it is so easy to tell parents “I’m heading over to a friend’s house to hangout by the fire.” Where and when? Campfires … Continued

C&A is seeing clients through telehealth

By Allison Esber | June 23, 2020

Whether you are new to professional mental health support or have been in treatment before, help is here. Telehealth provides video and/or telephone counseling support due to increased worry, stress, loneliness and other factors. Intake, assessments and treatment can be done safely from the comfort of your home, and all the important things like privacy, confidentiality and the ability to get services regardless of your financial situation still apply. So if you’ve noticed significant changes in your mood; if you’re involved in behaviors that concern you; or if for … Continued

Start a conversation on race and racism with your children

By Mary Kreitz | June 10, 2020

It’s all over the news and social media.  Tens of thousands of people have shown up to protest over the killing of George Floyd, over numerous incidents of police brutality and over the systemic racism that is pervasive in this country. There are growing demands to have racism recognized as a public health emergency. Hatred, bigotry and violence are happening on a massive scale. If you’re not already talking to your children about race and racism, you should. Start now. It’s not too late. It is that important. … Continued

Teenage substance use struggles during COVID-19

By Dan Mucci | May 28, 2020

Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health (C&A) offers two programs/services to Stark County teenagers in regards to substance use. The first program is a prevention program – Stark County Youth Led Prevention. The second program offers help for kids who have substance use problems – our Gemini program. Within the Gemini program are two levels of treatment based on client needs. Alternatives is an education group and Decisions is the intensive outpatient program group. During a typical school year, children are attending in-person classes from August through May. This … Continued

A 2020 graduate provides honest, raw emotions of lost senior year

By Keila Martinez | May 11, 2020

2020 has already been a rollercoaster ride for everyone, however, as a senior in college, I assumed this ride would look a lot different. When I would daydream about this year, I saw myself spending my last semester hanging out with friends, spending long nights in the library, talking to my professors face-to-face about my future and having a job laid out. In reality, this hasn’t been the case. Instead, I went on spring break, and returned to my campus just to be sent home later that week. … Continued

Acknowledge the emotional loss of their senior year and create alternative celebration

By Mary Kreitz | April 28, 2020

You’ve been looking forward to this since the day your child walked through the door for his or her first day of Kindergarten. Maybe it was earlier than that, maybe it began when they started preschool or maybe you started imagining it while you were still waiting for your child to be born. In any case, it is a major milestone that every parent looks forward to – hearing your child’s name called, seeing your child walk across the stage in cap and gown, seeing the diploma be … Continued

Day Treatment students move to online learning and therapy

By Dan Mucci | April 20, 2020

The COVID-19 Pandemic has forced all Stark County children in grades K-12 to move to online learning. Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health’s (C&A’s) Trauma Informed Day Treatment students and teachers have had to adapt as well. The students attending C&A’s Day Treatment program, kindergarten through 12th grade, deal with emotional and behavioral challenges that most students do not face. The students attending school at C&A have experienced trauma that does not allow the child to participate in the classroom in their home school district. For these students, routine … Continued

Positive Childhood Experiences

By Mary Kreitz | April 3, 2020

For years now, we have all been hearing about Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE’s) and the detrimental effects they can have for the rest of a person’s life. Have you heard about Positive Childhood Experiences (PCE)? Research comparing adults who reported high numbers of PCEs with those who reported low or no PCEs found that adults reporting more PCEs showed 72 percent lower levels of adult depression and/or poor mental health and were 3.5 times more likely to get the social and emotional support they need as an adult … Continued