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Pathways’ P.A.L.S Trip to Habitat for Humanity

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By Monisha Rey, Clinician @ PathwaysThe students of the Pathways'' P.A.L.S community service club participated in the Morristown Habitat for Humanity ground breaking on Thursday October 24th. The students were very excited to be a part of the beginning stages of this new home. Youth members played a major role in assisting with the construction. Th...
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DEC
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Pathways’ PALS2PALS Leadership & Mentoring Initiative Fall & Winter Fun

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By Monisha Rey, Clinician @ PathwaysPALS2PALS Leadership & Mentoring Initiative was recently created as a subsection of the P.A.L.S community service club at The Pathways program, at Carteret High School. This initiative aims to provide high school mentors and their middle school mentees with monthly collaborative activities that build and sust...
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DEC
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Wellspring’s The PATH Expands Services to South Plainfield School District.

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By Lisa Lussier, Clinician at The PathIt has been about two months since Wellspring's School-Based Clinical Services Division, The PATH, expanded into the South Plainfield School District.There is one clinician who works primarily in the high school, providing counseling and supportive services to students, and on occasion is asked to assist in one...
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SEP
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Back to school. Is Your Child Stressed Already?

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Summer is wrapping up, and many students are getting back in the swing of things with school. If the thought of going back to school fills your child or student with dread and anxiety, they're not alone.If something just doesn't "feel right" and your child isn't sure why, he may be dealing with a mental health condition. Did you know that half of a...
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APR
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9th Annual “Be Smart About Medicine” Contest Winners Announced

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Every day, 2,000 teenagers take a prescription drug recreationally for the first time. Whether through self-medication or a lack of awareness of the risks, prescription drug abuse among adolescents is a growing and serious problem.To help raise awareness about prescription drug misuse among adolescents, the Coalition for Healthy Communities of Middlesex County has orchestrated its annual “Be Smart About Medicine” poster contest.Middle school students in grades 6-8 throughout Middlesex County are encouraged to submit artwork, whether through a written story or poem or a drawing, to showcase their freedom of expression as well as spreading valuable information to their peers. At the conclusion of the contest, three winners for first, second and third place are chosen for each grade, and these nine students are honored at the Annual Be Smart About Medicine Awards Dinner.This year, The Coalition for Healthy Communities celebrated its 9th Annual Awards Dinner on April 10, 2019. This...
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JAN
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About Cool Down Book Bags

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Written by: Nicole Silva and Ashley GasparroYou’re right in the middle of a lesson and you have the students’ attention; you feel like they are actually understanding the concept! Students are raising their hands, contributing to the discussion ...when suddenly one of your students gets angry, frustrated, or just needs a break. It interrupts the flow of the class as you try to redirect that student and get him or her refocused. You lose momentum and the class loses attention.This is what commonly happens when students have not yet acquired the skills to help them gain control of their emotions. However, when given the right tools, students can start identifying exactly how they are feeling and begin to understand how to self regulate.The cool down book bag started out as the cool down center. It was an area of the room we designated for students to go to calm down and...
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MAY
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The Effectiveness of Art Therapy in Teen Addiction Recovery

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Blog by Sally Perkins. Photo by Victoria Bilsborough on UnsplashDespite New Jersey being one of only two states country-wide to score an undisputed ‘10’ for having the right laws and regulations in place to help combat teen substance abuse, the state also boasts the 6th- highest teen overdose rate. The findings, which were disclosed by the organization known as Trust for America’s Health, highlight the importance of having both preventative and treatment measures in place to care for New Jersey’s most at-risk youth. Approximately 15% of substance treatment programs in the USA offer art therapy with nearly 11% of all teenagers in treatment having access to a program that makes use of art or music therapy.The use of art therapy in treating substance abuse is not new. It actually dates back as far the 1950’s with the American Art Therapy Association (AATA) particularly acknowledging the role art therapy plays in the...
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MAR
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2018 Young Women’s Conference Recap

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By Karli Rymer, Wellspring InternOn February 28th, 2018, Wellspring Center for Prevention hosted the 14th annual Young Women’s Conference, My Journey, My Voice: Empowering Young Women, in New Brunswick, NJ.It was a day filled with interactive and educational workshops that provided students with an opportunity to gain valuable knowledge and emphasized the importance of life and social skills. The goal of the conference is for the attendees to return to their schools and share the information with the rest of the student body through different programs and/or events.The day began with provided breakfast and an amazing production, Lost Angels, performed by the Playground Theatre Project. This outreach program production touches on bullying, violence, racism, sexism, drug/alcohol abuse, depression, and suicide. The piece brings up issues current in today’s society and the struggles that young people face in their everyday lives. The student’s in the play learn to show compassion towards one...
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FEB
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Pathways' PALS Students Volunteer at NJ Ozanum Family Shelter

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by Jelysa Hernandez, MSW Clinician and PALS AdvisorOn Wednesday, January 25th, 16 CHS Pathways’ PALS community service group students took a trip to volunteer at the NJ Ozanum Family Shelter.Although the students find personal fulfillment through each volunteer event, this process was unique. PALS students prepped months beforehand to raise money for the family shelter through a bake sale, in which all goods were contributed solely by the students. Students then used the money raised to buy enough sandwich materials to make 100 sandwich bags, each included a sandwich, drink, snack, and condiments. Students participated in “Sandwich Night” after school on January 24th, a day prior to the trip to make the sandwiches and organize the bags.Once students arrived to the family shelter on the following day, they engaged with both children and adults alike in a compassionate way. Everyone extended their gratitude to the students and were amazed that the...
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JAN
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Wellspring Curriculum Helps in Fight against Substance Use

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Substance-abuse awareness and prevention efforts have been standard in schools for decades, from the anti-drug movies of the 1970s to the familiar DARE officers in the classrooms well into the 2000s.Today, as a result of the opioid epidemic, the State Department of Education has put together a collection of resources available to schools.Titled “Curriculum Resources for Educating Children about the Dangers of Substance Abuse”, the report is available on the NJ Department of Education website.The collection of age-appropriate curriculum and lesson plans includes a curriculum developed by Wellspring Center for Prevention, called Footprints for Life.Footprints for Life helps young children build a strong foundation of life skills rooted in key social competencies. The social competencies that Footprints addresses are planning and decision-making practice, interpersonal skills, cultural competence, peer pressure, and peaceful conflict resolution - assets identified as promoting positive attitudes and behaviors.Footprints is an evidence based six-week program taught during a...
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