Managing Difficult Emotions with the Four A’s

Managing difficult emotions can be challenging. When you become overwhelmed by sadness, worry, or anger, there are some things you can do to help you get through that moment. One strategy is called the Four A’s. This simple tool can help in many different situations. Managing Difficult Emotions with the Four A’s Lynda Silva, Ph.D. Awareness Try to notice the emotion when it is just … Continue reading Managing Difficult Emotions with the Four A’s

Understanding The Signs of Stress

According to the Oxford Dictionary, stress is “a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstances.” Though we typically talk about stress negatively, not all stress is bad. Eu-stress, or good stress, is stress from positive things. Like going to a party for example, may be fun and exciting, but it can still cause strain on energy levels, … Continue reading Understanding The Signs of Stress

What Are Risk Factors for Teen Substance Misuse?

What are risk factors for teen substance misuse?  A risk factor is a condition that increases the likelihood of a problem behavior.  Let’s use the example of heart problems, what are the risk factors?  Diet, smoking, family history, not exercising, and high cholesterol. All of those things increase our risk for having a heart attack, stroke, or heart failure.  The more you have the more … Continue reading What Are Risk Factors for Teen Substance Misuse?

When it Comes to Youth Using Drugs – Most Don’t

According to the 2017 Student Health and Risk Prevention Survey, students in Utah County believed that about 18% of all students had used alcohol in the past 30 days.  If they have a grade with 100 students, teens believe 18 of them are drinking.  That seems like a lot of teens are drinking!  The reality is, most don’t. Only 4.1% of students in Utah County … Continue reading When it Comes to Youth Using Drugs – Most Don’t

Prevent Bullying

Bullying is defined as … “an intentional act that causes harm to others, and may involve verbal harassment, verbal or non-verbal threats, physical assault, stalking, or other methods of coercion such as manipulation, blackmail, or extortion. It is aggressive behavior that intends to hurt, threaten or frighten another person. An imbalance of power between the aggressor and the victim is often involved. Bullying occurs in … Continue reading Prevent Bullying

Social Development Strategy

We all want our kids to make good choices. For instance, most parents want their kids to try hard in school, or refrain from using drugs. The Social Development Strategy is a highly intuitive model that can help us influence our kids behavior. Whether you are a parent, teacher, or youth group leader, these skills are applicable and adaptable across the board. 1. Opportunities The … Continue reading Social Development Strategy