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No Fear: Youth Risk Screening

Connecting with teens is tough, especially when you’re a professional looking to discuss serious topics like mental health, substance abuse or sex. In short: risk screening can feel overwhelming, even scary—but that shouldn’t hold you back. According to the CDC, risk behaviors are responsible for 3 out of 4...

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♪…And When I Get That Feeling, I Want Sexual…Health Coaching!

Valentine’s Day is nearly here and that means love is in the air. For many teens, that may mean more than just candy adorned cards. Fast fact: 30% of 12-14-year-olds have had sex with 4 or more people—that number climbs to 48% for 15-17-year-olds and 59% for 18 and...

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2018 RAAP UP!

Here at Possibilities for Change, we believe all organizations serving adolescents and young adults should have access to the tools they need to provide quality care and affect positive change. When you implement youth risk screening practices with RAAPS, you’re doing so much more than simply administering an assessment;...

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Me, Me, “MI” – The Language of Teens

Test your Teen Speak skills.  Which of the following are true statements? Teens don’t like being told what to do. Teens don’t learn from our experiences. Sometimes teens resist our advice just to be resistant! All of the above. Yes, it’s obviously “D”.  But why? The answer is not...

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Creating a judgement free zone…

Most professionals who work with youth try to approach each interaction with an open mind.  Research shows this is an important step to making youth feel comfortable.  What else goes into creating a safe place for youth to share?  Some of the steps are obvious – but we think...

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To D.I.Y. or not to D.I.Y….

We are long past the days when “Do It Yourself” or “DIY” described college students creating projects on a dime.  These days DIY is mainstream.  On a whole, the DIY philosophy is laudable.  It represents problem solving, independence, thrift, and creativity.   However, there are times when DIY should be...

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What can you do?

A rise in suicide rates among youth, widespread incidence of sexual abuse on college campuses, and an increase in risk-related driving fatalities…what do these have in common?  They all made recent headlines on the evening news in a single day!* The relentless daily onslaught of risk related headlines can...

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The Top 5 Worst Reasons Why…

We help providers, professionals, and parents, identify and reduce risk behaviors among youth and young adults. So you might imagine that in our line of work that we’ve “heard it all.” And yes, we’ve heard a lot, but it’s not the stories and information that young people share that...

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Sex Ed 101: Here’s what we’ve learned so far…

The last year and a half has been very eventful here at P4C – we launched RAAPS 2.0 with a complete platform upgrade…  AND we released our first new product since our company was founded: the Adolescent Counseling Technology or “ACT” for Sexual Health (and our release of ACT...

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Getting to “Why?”

How boot-camp took us back to the future. Our team recently went through a strategic planning “boot-camp” as part of a grant requirement.  A mandatory part of the exercise was justifying our value…what do we bring to the table, how do we help? This was definitely a test.   Our...

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