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A PARENTS GUIDE TO TEENAGE STRESS Waterloo Collegiate Institute May 13, 2009 Adolescent & Young Adult Team Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services.

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1 A PARENTS GUIDE TO TEENAGE STRESS Waterloo Collegiate Institute May 13, 2009 Adolescent & Young Adult Team Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services

2 ADOLESCENT MENTAL HEALTH our team : who we are & what we do teenage stress: whats normal & whats not how parents can help when to worry & who to call

3 WHO WE ARE & WHAT WE DO The Adolescent & Young Adult Team: social workers, psychologists, child youth worker, nurses, psychiatrists, special education teachers, program secretary, graduate students...the equivalent of about 4 full-time therapists for... 3 programs: 1. Adolescent Team 2. Young Adult Program (YAP) 3. Psychiatric Consultation Clinic

4 WHO WE ARE & WHAT WE DO ADOLESCENT TEAM: works with 13 - 18 year olds & their families in individual, family and/or group therapy, approximately once weekly sees teens who experience moderate to severe mental health problems that affect their ability to function cognitively, emotionally, interpersonally consults & collaborates with schools, physicians, community agencies e.g. Family & Childrens Services, Lutherwood, St. Marys Counselling, First Step, as examples

5 WHO WE ARE & WHAT WE DO YOUNG ADULT PROGRAM (YAP): provides an intensive, Monday to Friday therapeutic program of (primarily) group therapy in addition to an opportunity to work on high school credits at your own pace for a 4-6 month period works with 16 - 21 year olds (& their families) whose moderate to severe mental health problems have interfered with their ability to remain in a regular high school consults & collaborates with similar agencies as the Adolescent Team; provides individual & family therapy; assists with transition back to school or work

6 WHO WE ARE & WHAT WE DO PSYCHIATRIC CONSULTATION CLINIC (PCC): provides assessment & treatment by a child/adolescent psychiatrist and nurse for 13 to 18 year olds (and their families) provides clarification on questions regarding diagnosis (whats going on?) or medication (what kind? how much?) offers appointments on a one time only, or ongoing basis depending on the nature of the concerns receives referrals from family physicians only

7 Teenage Stress: WHATS NORMAL & WHATS NOT WHATS NORMAL TEENAGE STRESS? worry about entering high school grades & teacher interaction friend conflicts relationships family conflict pressures sexual orientation losses (friends moving, deaths, divorce, illness) jobs & post-secondary plans puberty body image

8 Teenage Stress: WHATS NORMAL & WHATS NOT WHATS NOT SO NORMAL? (AKA WHEN TO WORRY) Changes in MOOD, BEHAVIOUR, and/or PERSONALITY th a t happen repeatedly (a pattern?) and that affect day to day functioning

9 Teenage Stress: WHATS NORMAL & WHATS NOT WHATS NOT SO NORMAL? Some possible indicators of changes to mood, behaviour and/or personality: sleep and/or appetite changes motivation, interest, concentration & energy changes peer group changes social withdrawal or excessive socializing aggression, high risk/illegal activity, or odd behaviour

10 Teenage Stress: WHATS NORMAL & WHATS NOT WHATS NOT SO NORMAL? Possible contributors to changes in mood, behaviour & personality? DEPRESSIONEXCESSIVE WORRY SUICIDAL THOUGHTS SELF HARM SUBSTANCE USE ABUSE FRIGHTENING OR UNUSUAL THOUGHTS

11 Teenage Stress: HOW PARENTS CAN HELP Make a date with your teen Practice active listening: reflect back Ask before giving advice Put yourself in their shoes Take them seriously AND use humour Take charge & take action if safety is a concern Follow through on your expectations / consequences Role model how to take care of yourself

12 Teenage Stress: WHO TO CALL IF YOURE WORRIED guidance counsellor, school VP, school social worker family doctor GRH central referral (triage) line: (519) 749-4310 Crisis Services of Waterloo Region: (519) 744-1813 Childrens Mental Health Access Centre Walk-in Service: Wednesdays 3:00 – 7:00 pm 39 Water Street, Kitchener GO -> GRH Emergency department

13 Teenage Stress: A FEW SUGGESTED READINGS Phelan, Thomas W. (1998). Surviving Your Adolescents:How to Manage and Let Go of Your 13-18 Year Olds. Glen Ellyn, IL: Child Management Inc. Edgette, Janet. (2002). Stop Negotiating With Your Teen: Strategies for Parenting your Angry, Manipulative, Moody or Depressed Adolescent. Perigee Press Taffel, Ron & Blau, Melinda. (2002). Parenting By Heart: How To Be In Charge, Stay Connected,and Instill Your Values, When It Feels Like You've Only Got 15 Minutes A Day, Revised Edition. Da Capo Press Neufeld, Gordon & Mate, Gabor. (2005). Hold On to Your Kids: Why Parents Need to Matter More Than Peers. Ballantine Books Wolf, Anthony. (2002). Get Out Of My Life But First Could You Drive Me and Cheryl to the Mall? Revised Ed. Farrar, Straus, and Giroux


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