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Holidays and the Day Treatment Program

By Keila Martinez | December 23, 2019

The holidays are just around the corner. Most kids are excited about getting time off, and to celebrate the holidays. However, for a lot of the children in Children and Adolescent Behavior Health’s (C&A) Day Treatment the holidays are stressful. Our Day treatment program is for students that are suffering from trauma that is affecting their everyday function. Like every other school, Day Treatment doesn’t have class for two weeks over the holidays. This means the students are thrown off their normal schedules and aren’t receiving their regular … Continued

Diversity in C&A’s Day Treatment Program

By Keila Martinez | December 16, 2019

What is C&A’s Day Treatment Program? With the holidays just around the corner most schools are addressing the importance of understanding the differences in cultures and customs. C&A is not only located in eight school districts, but we also offer a Trauma Informed Day Treatment program (TIDTX). TIDTX is comprised of students ranging from K-12th grade. These students have experienced some type of trauma that has affected their behavior at school. TIDTX gives students two and a half hours of group therapy every day, at least once a … Continued

Recovery: the journey to sobriety

By Dan Mucci | December 2, 2019

Sobriety is a journey … not a destination. The abuse or dependency on a substance is a difficult journey for an adolescent that is often filled with pitfalls and setbacks on the windy road to recovery.     Setbacks Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health’s Substance Use Disorder Lead Dr. Karita Nussbaum said if a user experiences a slip up in recovery and uses, the user will feel guilt and shame. If a user does use again, this is a life lesson. “Sometimes we do have failure and must … Continued

Use, Abuse, & Dependency

By Dan Mucci | November 18, 2019

For many adolescent and teenagers who are feeling a little stress or anxious in a social situation, they may surrender to peer pressure by experimenting with vaping or having an alcoholic beverage to relax their anxiety and fit in with their friends. Is one puff or alcoholic beverage a cause for concern? Perhaps not for many teens, but the concerns arise when use can turn into abuse and in a worse-case scenario, dependency. In Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health’s (C&A) past two blog posts, we have examined why … Continued

Is your child using a substance?

By Dan Mucci | November 4, 2019

Growing up brings about a lot of changes and challenges for children. Children move from the sweet, innocent stages of elementary school to middle and on to high school. These change range from raging teenage hormones to children trying to fit in to discovering and forging who they want to become in life. Throughout all these multiple changes, children will probably sleep a little more; have mood swings; test the limits with responsibility and the consequences of not doing chores; get new friends; and even let homework slide … Continued

The First Signs of Addiction

By Dan Mucci | October 21, 2019

The United States has had a conflicted past regarding the use and effects of drugs and alcohol consumption. Prohibition in the Roaring 1920s led to bootlegging and then to changing the drinking laws from age 18 to 21 in the late 1980s. The Golden Age of Hollywood in the 1950s romanticized the use of tobacco showing wildly popular movie star icons smoking in movies. Oftentimes television programs showed the father figure coming home from a day at work and having a drink of whiskey or bourbon. This led … Continued

Collegiate Self-Care Fair 2019

By Keila Martinez | October 14, 2019

Adjusting to the change that comes with college is physically, emotionally and mentally hard on students. College students are the biggest group of students that get missed by mental health services. Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health (C&A) is partnering with Stark County colleges and universities Oct. 21 to 25 to bring mental health awareness to students at Kent State University-Stark Campus, Malone University, Stark State College and Walsh University. Mentally and Emotionally Challenging College students face a wide range of emotions. For students living on a residential campus, … Continued

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