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Start Talking gives parents tips to speaking to their kids about drug use

By Dan Mucci | October 1, 2019

When your child is born and enters the world, parents have so many hopes, dreams and expectations. Oftentimes, looking into their tiny, innocent faces, you can’t imagine the child growing up, thinking for themselves and making their own decisions. Those decisions may include experimenting with drugs, some of which may be in your home, and/or alcohol or both. And the toughest conversation a parent can have is speaking with their child regarding the dangers of substance abuse. For many parents, just starting the conversation is the stumbling block. … Continued

Reaching the end goal – discharge

By Dan Mucci | September 16, 2019

The initial phone call was placed to Child and Adolescent Behavior Health (C&A) for clinical services for your child. After going through the Intake and Assessment process, your child was placed with a clinician (school-based or office) for services. In the initial meeting with the therapist, the clinician and your child developed a service plan. The service plan outlines goals and objectives that would be covered while your child received treatment. During clinical sessions, your child and the clinician are working on steps to meet the service plan. … Continued

What does clinical session feel like?

By Dan Mucci | September 3, 2019

The initial steps that lead to a therapy session for many families at Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health (C&A) are several – first receiving a referral from the school or the family realizing on their own there may be an issue; making the call; going through the Intake Process and the Assessment; and receiving a diagnosis. When those steps are completed, and if therapy is recommended your family is then matched up with a clinician to begin the difficult work of starting the healing process in clinical sessions. … Continued

Assessment process

By Alexa Green | August 19, 2019

Following the intake process, your child and all family members present, will meet with one of Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health’s (C&A) assessors for an assessment. This assessment is meant to gain a broader perspective of the issues your child is facing. This is an in-depth discussion that will help determine which services will best provide help and guidance for your child. During this time, you will learn more about the types of treatments and programs we provide. The entire assessment will take approximately 90 minutes. At the … Continued

Intake Process

By Alexa Green | August 5, 2019

When calling into Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health (C&A), we understand that your family may be going through a difficult experience. If your child is suffering from depression, anxiety or stress, we can help find the right treatment to support those needs. As a parent/legal guardian, you will be involved with the intake process every step of the way. Once the family takes the first step to call into one of our four offices (Shipley in Canton, Belden, Alliance and Plain Community), the intake person will gather initial … Continued

Why Call C&A?

By Dan Mucci | July 23, 2019

Today’s generation of kids are responding differently to child rearing techniques used in previous generations. Decades ago, parents were unfamiliar with certain emotional and behavioral challenges that kids are facing today. Parents used phrases such as “toughen up,” “you’ll get through it,” “this will be a good learning experience,” and “if it was good enough for me, it is good enough for you,” which are not resonating with today’s generation. Whether this is because of the rise of helicopter parenting, social media or a number of other factors, … Continued

Tips for Managing Stress in College

By Alexa Green | July 8, 2019

College experience The beginning of each new semester brought me feelings of stress and anxiety. I have been a working student since I was 15-years-old. Working and going to school wasn’t going to change when entering college. Whether it was serving food at a nursing home, organizing clothes in retail or selling the newest electronics, jobs became a package deal with my college experience. During my junior year, I was working 40 hours a week on top of a 15 credit hour course schedule. Turns out I am … Continued

Traumatic child experience

By Dan Mucci | June 24, 2019

What defines a traumatic experience for a child? Is that experience or event different for every adolescent? And does every child who experiences a traumatic event need to be in a trauma program? Many children live through very difficult life experiences.  Some, but not all, of those children will be traumatized by those experiences.  Not every child who has been through trauma will be diagnosed with a trauma-related disorder. Not every client who has experienced trauma needs to be in the trauma program. C&A screens for trauma As … Continued

Mandated Reporting

By Dan Mucci | June 10, 2019

“We are all mandated reporters,” said Mary Kreitz, trauma program manager and group services director for Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health, speaking during at a training session. What does a mandated reporter mean and how does this apply to me? If you as a clinician suspect that a child has been abused or is being abused or neglected, you as a clinician are legally required to report the abuse. When reporting an abusive situation, what information does the clinician need to have when answering the questions over the … Continued

DBT assists adolescents with emotional challenges

By Dan Mucci | May 28, 2019

Does your child/teenager get extremely emotional? How does your teenager manage those emotions and develop skills to cope with those problems and negative thoughts or feelings? Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health (C & A) offers Dialectical Behavior Therapy  (DBT) to help children develop and cope with these emotional challenges. DBT DBT is a cognitive-behavioral therapy developed in the late 1980s by psychologist Marsha M. Linehan. The treatment focuses on helping people to better manager their emotions and develop skills to cope with problems and negative feelings. What is … Continued