Parents are the biggest influence in a teen’s life. Even though you may feel your child pulling away, eager for more independence, deep down they still want you involved. A strong bond with your child, especially during the teen years, helps reduce the chances of them engaging in unhealthy behavior and helps set the stage for preventing nicotine, alcohol and drug use.
Parent-Teen Communication Toolkit: Download Parts 1 & 2 Below
“A Parents Role in Preventing Substance Use” – Tips for Talking with Youth of All Ages
The pandemic threw us all off our balance. These 4 basics below, however simple they may seem, are important to maintain our physical, mental and emotional balance and strength…especially when life happens. It is when they are missing and we are out of balance that we can feel the impacts.
The Post Pandemic Reset for Mental Health and Wellness shows the science behind what each of us can do to improve our Sleep Hygiene.
Ensuring our children and adolescents get the recommended hours of uninterrupted sleep every night is one of the most effective protective factors we can provide for them. A healthy Sleep Hygiene routine is important for learning, memory, physical and mental wellness, and a strong immune system. Research suggests lack of adequate, regular sleep can also be a risk factor for mental health challenges and substance use. The 5 Gs of Good Sleep Hygiene resources below are framed for elementary and middle school students, but great information for all ages.
As part of Granite Wellness Centers’ Youth Opioid Response project, we hosted the Nevada-Placer Regional Opioid Summit. This 4-part online series is facilitated by Dr. Corey Waller, a nationally recognized expert in Substance Use Disorders and Mental Health.
Substance Use Disorder and the Developing Brain
Dr. Corey Waller discusses the structures of the brain that are most affected by the early utilization of substances. It includes the common behavioral changes that align with these structures and how these can be mitigated.
Trauma & Substance Use Disorder
Dr. Corey Waller discusses the neurobiology of trauma and how we can mitigate its effects on the life of a person seeking help with substance use disorder or mental health disorder.
Addressing Opiate Use Disorders in Pregnant & Parenting Women
Dr. Corey Waller discusses the best practices that should be incorporated to identify, treat, and follow the mothers and their newborns who are affected by Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome.
Addressing Opiate Use Disorders in Justice-Involved Populations
Dr. Corey Waller discusses the approach to the treatment of addiction in the justice-involved population and how we can bend the OD curve for this population.
In response to recent Fentanyl poisonings and overdose deaths in Placer County, we hosted a Virtual Town Hall meeting on Tuesday, April 13, 2021.
Please watch the recording below to learn how to prevent poisonings and overdose, where to access harm reduction resources, where to get help for substance use or mental health challenges, and how to talk with teens and adults in your life that may be at risk. Panel members shared experiences, updates and resources to raise awareness and prevent further loss.
The following resources have been compiled to support attaining greater cultural awareness. This list is not exhaustive or complete, but a starting place!
Conversations about Culture and Healing
APA resource for working with adolescents: https://www.apa.org/pi/families/resources/mental-health-needs.pdf
When therapists face discrimination: https://www.apa.org/monitor/2018/04/therapists-discrimination
National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) in Health and Health Care Training: https://cccm.thinkculturalhealth.hhs.gov/default.asp
SAMHSA: Publications and Digital Products for Cultural Competency: https://store.samhsa.gov/?f=professional_and_research_topics:5359
National Association of School Psychologists Social Justice Page: https://www.nasponline.org/resources-and-publications/resources-and-podcasts/diversity/social-justice/understanding-race-and-privilege
Why Words Matter (Information on language): https://www.nata.org/sites/default/files/cultural-competence-why-words-matter.pdf
Memorial University Aboriginal Language: http://www.mun.ca/aro/Offensivelanuage.php
The Trouble with Tribe: How a common word masks complex African realities: https://www.tolerance.org/magazine/spring-2001/the-trouble-with-tribe
Understanding and Dismantling Racism: List of Books https://www.charisbooksandmore.com/understanding-and-dismantling-racism-booklist-white-readers
An Antiracist Reading List: Ibram X. Kendi on books to help America transcend its racist heritage https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/29/books/review/antiracist-reading-list-ibram-x-kendi.html?smid=fb-share&fbclid=IwAR09Fy3L71a_y1Dl2o6zPxuwa97gw2mNbb9BOncMknqMxk54ngb-EBPOf0M
Videos and Movies
List of movies that address issues of racism, injustice, discrimination and privilege: https://www.docplay.com/articles/10-documentaries-to-watch-about-race-instead-of-asking-a-person-of-colour-to-explain-things-for-you/
The DNA Journey: https://youtu.be/Fw7FhU-G1_Q
“TEDxHampshireCollege – Jay Smooth – How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Discussing Race” on YouTube: https://youtu.be/MbdxeFcQtaU
Cultural appropriation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PO0tUpVNvMo
Whiteness Matters: Exploring White Privilege, Color Blindness and Racism in Psychotherapy: https://www.psychotherapy.net/article/racism-white-privilege-psychotherapy
Blog about professionalism during this time: https://medium.com/@shenequagolding/maintaining-professionalism-in-the-age-of-black-death-is-a-lot-5eaec5e17585
White Privilege in a White Coat: How Racism Shaped my Medical Education: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5951257/