All posts by: Jennifer Salerno

Sad teen girl on her phone

Navigating Anxiety in Children and Tweens: A Guide for Professionals

When an 8-year-old boy is overwhelmed by mounting pressure from teachers and parents to pass his 3rd grade reading assessment, he might have trouble sleeping or complain about stomachaches. He may be more irritable at home and talk back more. Or, maybe his parents will be troubled by a...

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6 Ways to Help Youth Build Healthy Relationships with Peers and Partners

“We’re happy, free, confused, and lonely in the best way.”  Taylor Swift got it right in this song, 22, from her fourth studio album, Red. And she keeps getting it right over and over. ‘It’ being the misery and magic of youth dating relationships and friendships of course. (See...

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Practical Support for Parents of Anxious Teens

Everyone is talking about anxious teens.  Anxiety in children and teens is the topic of podcasts, books, radio segments, literature reviews, LinkedIn posts… it’s everywhere. And for good reason, too. Anxiety in youth is a mounting concern that impacts every community and nearly all families. For parents who are...

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Compassion Fatigue and Caring for the Caregiver: Supporting Youth-Serving Professionals

It starts by staying a little later at work to finish documentation because the session for your last client ran over by 10 minutes. She was opening up about her mother’s incarceration for the first time and you didn’t want to end the conversation too soon. It continues when...

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Mother and teen daughter sitting together. Smiling. Looking at content together on teen daughter’s phone.

Equipping Parents to Manage the Top Risks Facing Youth in 2024

Get back to the basics by building trust and strengthening relationships through open communication, supportive boundaries, and factual information Parents of teens have their work cut out for them.  Between navigating the complexities of technology and social media to safeguarding against substance use and mental health concerns– it’s fair...

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Mental health professional providing empathetic support to female adolescent who appears nervous during a counseling session. Professional has a clipboard in hand and is conducting targeting screening of eating disorder symptoms.

Understanding and Addressing Eating Disorders in Youth: A Comprehensive Guide for Professionals

A Comprehensive Guide for Professionals A 9th grade girl has been referred to the student support team out of concern for a change in affect and appearance. Her homeroom teacher says she has lost a noticeable and concerning amount of weight over the last few months, and lately has...

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Show Me the Data 📉

Enhancing Client Outcomes with Data Analytics  In the evolving landscape of youth health, the importance of a comprehensive technology system with a user friendly robust data and analytics suite cannot be overstated. Health technology is the cornerstone of modern healthcare, enabling professionals to deliver more precise, personalized care to...

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Turning the Tide on Youth Substance Use: The Power of SBIRT

Take a moment to review the youth substance use data below. These percentages highlight a few key findings from the most recent Monitoring the Future report. Each year, a total of approximately 50,000 students in 8th, 10th and 12th grades are surveyed. The data shown in the table below...

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Unsung Heroes: Empowering Parents to Support Youth – A Professional’s Guide

Imagine getting both of your teens to agree to join you and your partner for a family night out this weekend. You promise ice cream and something that’s “not lame” in exchange for their presence and good attitudes.  When Saturday evening arrives, you all head out for BBQ and...

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Unveiling the Shadows: Exploring Risk Factors for Youth Violence

This story was shared with permission from a member of the Possibilities for Change team.  Last month, my friend Jean invited me to her home for dinner. We had curry chicken and rice, roasted brussels sprouts, and homemade cookies for dessert. Jean is enjoying the slower pace and quieter...

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