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The Value of School-Based Student Assistance Coordinators (SACs)

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No matter what age, navigating through school can be challenging for all students. This is especially true for children and young adults who are struggling with substance abuse, mental health disorders, and family issues. That's why most schools employ a Student Assistance Coordinator (SAC). Here's what SACs do, and why school-based SACs are valuab...
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JUN
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5 Ways Schools Can Reduce Substance Use

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There are many ways that students might be introduced to substances, but preventive measures can be taken to help reduce the number who choose to engage in use. Schools, including all faculty and staff, can be involved in prevention education. Here are five ways to reduce substance use. 1. Faculty and staff should be aware of, and look out for, war...
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Toolkit for Trauma-Informed Classrooms

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By Nicki Francis, Coordinator of Program and Professional Development Teachers have always been unsung heroes, but now more than ever, they wear invisible capes. They have created new and creative ways to keep kids engaged during the coronavirus pandemic. They care about their students and are troubled by the needs of our youth today. Teachers ofte...
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Summer Break: A Little Different This Year

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By: Heather Lynn Ward, MSW, LSW, CPS Usually summer means camps, family vacations, playing with friends all day long, and/or not thinking about school, teachers, or homework. Summer break is time off from school most youth look forward to all year long. Although COVID-19 has made 2020 a year like no other, youth have still been looking forward to t...
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Statement on Re-opening School Buildings from the School-Based Health Alliance

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"Not Just Face Masks and Hand Sanitizer, but Counseling and Care" While school district leaders across the country urgently seek protective gear and cleaning supplies, redesign classrooms and bus schedules to enable social distancing, and take other preventative safety measures, they must also place an equally high priority on protecting the mental...
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MAY
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Celebrating Educators: Teacher Appreciation Week 2020

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By Heather Ward, MSW, LSW, CPS There are many adults that can shape a child's life as they grow up, but few impact academic and emotional growth like a great teacher. In New Jersey alone there are more than 100,000 teachers working with 1M+ students across the state, and it goes without saying that their work is worthy of gratitude. It does no...
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MAY
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South Brunswick High School Has First Ever Virtual Mental Health Fair

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By Nora Abdelfattah and Yashi Srivastava We've all heard of the terrible effects vaping can have on a person's physical well being: popcorn lung, cancer, and addiction being only a handful of the side effects vaping can have on the body. What isn't discussed as much, however, is the impact vaping has on one's mental health. Our Incorruptible.U...
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Compassion in a Time of Uncertainty

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By Heather Lynn Ward, MSW, LSW, CPS, Coordinator of School and Family Programs Today's students deal with more protocols than students in the past. It's not just fire drills and bus evacuations anymore. Today, there are drills for things like lock-downs and active shooters, preparing the youth and teachers for worst-case scenarios. Antici...
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MAR
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The Benefits of Positive Affirmations

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By: Kimberly Hill, MSW, LCSW An affirmation or "positive affirmation" can be defined as using a phrase or quote to say to yourself in order to help with challenging thoughts. Many people say positive affirmations or read quotes to help change their current mindset or to motivate them to accomplish a task. According to Positive Psychology, "If you f...
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MAR
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SADD Club Leads Peers Towards Better Paths

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By Jeanne Neuwirth, LCSW Clinician and SADD Club Advisor School closings are definitely a challenge but they do give us a chance to reflect on the significant work our dedicated SADD Club students have done throughout this school year to lead peers towards better choices. SADD stands for Students Against Destructive Decisions, it is a national orga...
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