Monthly Archives: March 2011

No Empty Seats Today!

When I hear the word “truancy” I think of teens skipping school, driving off with a bunch of friends or getting on TRAXX. I don’t think of children in elementary school. That’s why I was surprised when a group of … Continue reading

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Utilizing Collaboration to Address Family Needs

Across the country an exciting new initiative is being implemented.  The idea was originally born in Harlem in the early 90’s when leaders realized they would need to do something to turn their neighborhoods around. They decided to do a series of activities designed … Continue reading

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3 Questions to Ask When Your Teen Doesn’t Want to Go to School

As a therapist, I work with a lot of families who are having issues with teen truancy. Usually outward behavior issues are signs of inward issues. When a teen doesn’t want to go to school, I usually ask parents three … Continue reading

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Teenage Truancy: A Complicated Problem

We work with a lot of teenagers at Youth Services who are either not attending school regularly or have completely dropped out.  Reasons for truancy vary depending on the individual circumstances but there are some common themes I see over … Continue reading

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Teens: Get Rewarded for Good Deeds

Selfish. Disrespectful. Outrageous. Dangerous. Studies show that’s the negative sterotype of a typical teen in the media. The small and simple things that teens are doing each day to help others aren’t often recognized or rewarded. But Youth Services is … Continue reading

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Youth Services Hosts Riverton Open House for National Safe Place Week

You’re invited! In celebration of a new Day Treatment Substance Abuse Program and in honor of National Safe Place Week,  Youth Services Riverton office will be hosting an Open House on Tuesday, March 16, 2011 from 4 – 6 PM. Salt … Continue reading

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What are bath salts and why are they dangerous?

Just this last week, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert signed a bill to ban synthetic stimulants, or fake cocaine, from being sold in convenience stores and marketed online as “bath salts”.  Utah joins 25 other states to propose the ban because of an alarming increase in emergency room visits. … Continue reading

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