All posts by: Jennifer Salerno

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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8 Tips to Help Youth (and Their Parents) Manage Anxiety this Year

Do you feel overwhelmed by the sight of back-to-back calls on your work calendar or a full week of family appointments?  Moments before you begin a public speaking engagement or manage a conflict with a peer, how fast is your heart beating?  If you answered “Yep, really fast, and...

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Vibe Check: 4 Ways to Help Teens Avoid a Menty B this Summer

Don’t worry, you’re not the only one who just Googled, “What does menty b mean?”  Most of us are a generation or two removed from Gen Z (born 1997-2012) and even further from Generation Alpha, aka the digital natives. Googling the definition of unfamiliar slang you hear from a...

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How to Support Youth Through the Stages of Change

Part II Editor’s Note: To read Part I of Motivational Interviewing, check out our first post: How to Strengthen Your Connections with At-Risk Youth. In it we provide an overview of Motivational Interviewing, including the key pillars (open-ended questions, affirmations, reflections, and summarizing), sample scenarios and scripts, and more....

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Early & Often: Prevention is Key in Youth Sexual Health and Development

It’s been nearly a year since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in the hallmark Dobbs vs. Jackson Women’s Health Organization case. Last June, the landscape of pregnancy care and reproductive health in America changed significantly.  In honor of National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month, we’re revisiting the...

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How to Strengthen Your Connections with At-Risk Youth

POV: You’re the parent of a teen. Your 16-year-old daughter comes home from school every day and takes a 2-hour nap in her room before emerging for dinner and then back to her room for another late night of studying. When you ask her how she’s doing she looks...

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