Category - Teens

Co-Occuring Issues in Youth

Co-Occurring Issues in Youth By: Alainna Hanson Presentation Series by: Alicia Hengel, MA, LPCC, LPC What Are Co-Occurring Issues? Substance use and mental health conditions among youth are tightly connected. Mental health disorder- diagnosable mental, behavioral, or emotional disorder that interferes with how a child functions. Ex: depression, anxiety, ADHD, eating disorders Substance use disorder- recurring […]

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Social support as important as homework help

A new school year often brings with it a big dose of conflicting emotions. While children may be excited for a new year, new teachers and new friendships, they may also find those same things anxiety inducing, especially for kids who struggle with social problems. Those mixed emotions are even more pronounced for middle school […]

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Internet Safety for Kids

With summer in high swing, it is inevitable that kids will be spending more, often unsupervised, time on the internet. As a modern parent, there is great responsibility to protect your children from online dangers. Let’s take a look at how you can monitor your child’s internet usage. Talk with your child. Children look to […]

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Homework Success

Staci Glynn, MAC, LPC, Licensed Professional Counselor and Clinical Supervisor School is once again back in session and that means friends, extracurricular activities and homework. Often times, kids do not enjoy homework; however, it is an important part of learning. Homework offers children the opportunity to practice what they learn in school and to build important […]

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The Importance of Family Mealtime

Julie Penkalski, Teen Liaison for Hope Academy, a program of Family & Children’s Center  For many, family mealtime has been lost in our overscheduled lives.  For many families, school, work schedules and extracurricular activities can make it difficult to find time to eat together and some go days or weeks without sitting down as a […]

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Difficult Messages in the Media: Helping Kids Understand What they see in the News

Ellen Daubert, MS, NCC, LPC, Clinical Supervisor for Treatment Foster Care & Outpatient Therapist Children live in a modern world, where access to news media is easy with TV, social media and other platforms. Sometimes, especially recently, news messages are about tragic and controversial topics. It is highly potential that this information shapes what children think, do and […]

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Celebrating the Everyday Heroes… Foster Care Awareness Month

Kristen Kingery, Treatment Foster Care and Community Respite Coordinator May is Foster Care Awareness Month According to the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families, on an average day there are approximately 8,000 youth that are living in a foster care home in Wisconsin. These youth come from a wide variety of situations and might need different […]

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The Impact of Homelessness on Youth & Teens

Chrystal Stegen, Social Worker, Host Home Program When youth become homeless they are forced to learn how to support themselves before they have the skills, knowledge, or available resources to do so.  These youth are attempting to figure out how to be independent and successful without a stable base to work from.  Quite literally, they are trying […]

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Tips for Teen Parents

Julie Penkalski, Hope Academy Teen Liaison, Family & Children’s Center Having a child when you are a teenager will make your life much more difficult, and you will have to work much harder to attain your goals.  But it can be done and you can raise a happy healthy, successful child, and achieve success yourself […]

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Addressing Cyberbullying as a Community

Chelsie Swenson, MS, NC For many years, bullying has been a topic in communities and schools and combating bullying has long been a mission. However, with the increasing presence of social media in our lives, bullying has now taken on a form that often goes under the radar and much of the time unaddressed. This […]

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