Quote of the Week
Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings. ~ William Arthur Ward
Traffic Alert for PSST 12th Anniversary / Holiday Celebration
Posted by:Jenn--Monday, November 23, 2015
The weekend closure begins at 10 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 4, and runs through 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6.
This is the weekend that we are holding our 12th annual holiday celebration at the Wilkinsburg location, so if you normally travel the Parkway East to get there, be sure to look for alternate routes and/or allow extra time!!
Posted by:Jenn -- Monday, November 23, 2015
PSST 12th Anniversary / Holiday Celebration
Posted by:Jenn--Saturday, November 14, 2015
Posted by:Jenn -- Saturday, November 14, 2015
Opioid Overdose Myths
Posted by:Jenn--Thursday, November 12, 2015
- Let them sleep it off? Never!
- Put them in the shower or bath? No!
- Once they are breathing again, don't worry, they’ll be OK? No!
- Call 911
- Give rescue breathing
- Give Narcan/naloxone, if available
- Never leave the person – wait for help
Posted by:Jenn -- Thursday, November 12, 2015
2015 Parent of the Year Speech
Posted by:Jenn--Saturday, October 31, 2015
Earlier this month, our own Allegheny County parents of the year were honored at the Juvenile Justice Week awards ceremony in Pittsburgh. It was heart-warming to see them accompanied by their son, as well as by several of their supportive family members.
Click on "Read more . . ." (below) to read their well-received speech and to see more photos from the event.
Posted by:Jenn -- Saturday, October 31, 2015
If you Want to Send a Note . . .
Posted by:Jenn--Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Posted by:Jenn -- Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Lloyd is Retiring!
Posted by:Jenn--Monday, October 12, 2015
Posted by:Jenn -- Monday, October 12, 2015
PSST Parent of The Year Celebration
Posted by:Brigitte--Monday, October 05, 2015
At Saturday's PSST meeting, Steve and Tammy (their blog names) were celebrated as the 2015 Parents of the Year. They will receive their award on Thursday, October 8 at the Allegheny County Awards Ceremony. The event starts at 6 p.m, and is held at the Family Court House, located at 550 Fifth Ave., Pittsburgh (the Old Allegheny County Jail).
Although divorced, these parents have formed a team who strive to assume a non-enabling approach to parenting. They have attended Parent Survival Skills training regularly to improve parenting skills. Both have progressed with increased communication skills, consistent limit setting, and relationship building.
Both have participated in role-playing designed to help increase skills. Both parents have helped other parents in PSST to improve their parenting skills. Additionally, they have worked and significantly improved their relationship with their son through therapy provided by Wesley Spectrum.
Five months ago Tammy and Steve were proud that their son, after completing both an intensive placement program and a halfway house program, was receiving clean drug tests, doing well in a part-time job, and getting excellent reports from High School. It appeared that their son had turned the corner. Then, Tammy became aware that their son was still participating in serious criminal activity. Working together they confiscated illegal material, took pictures of the evidence and reported him to the Probation Department.
Their son is now undergoing additional treatment at a new placement facility. Both parents continue to work closely with the Probation Department concerning discharge planning and continued relationship building. Both are anxious to have their son returned home and believe that this time he has really turned the corner; however, both also remain cautious that cutting his treatment short now might interfere with the hoped outcome.
From all the PSST parents and professionals, we congratulate Steve and Tammy on a job well done. Although they still have an arduous road to travel with their son, the skills and commitment they have developed at PSST will help them continue to support their son's efforts while remaining strong and unenabling. Read More......
Posted by:Brigitte -- Monday, October 05, 2015
"Parent of the Year" Celebration Meeting
Posted by:Brigitte--Monday, September 28, 2015
Please join us on Saturday, October 3rd at our Eastern Probation Office in Wilkinsburg from 9 - 11 a.m. as we announce this year's Allegheny County Parent of the Year.
We all know that each and every one of the parents who regularly attend PSST are real-life Parents of the Year, but only one family can be officially recognized at the annual awards ceremony. The Parent of the Year is selected for their acts of bravery in addressing their child's drug use and/or criminal behavior, demonstrating non-enabling parenting skills, and for being a role model to other parents.
At the PSST meeting, there will be cake, of course, and a very special guest speaker who will talk about his experience in the justice system and his life in recovery. We hope all PSST parents, old and new, will be able to attend.
The official award will be given at the Family Court House, located at 550 Fifth Ave., Pittsburgh (the Old Allegheny County Jail) on Thursday, October 8. The event starts at 6 p.m. (try to get there at 5:30) and runs about 2 hours. Please come if you can and support our PSST Parent of the Year and to hear their personal story.
Posted by:Brigitte -- Monday, September 28, 2015
Our Son is in Jail
Posted by:Jenn--Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Did we post bail?
Posted by:Jenn -- Wednesday, September 23, 2015
And the Countdown Begins . . .
Posted by:Jenn--Tuesday, September 22, 2015
The awards ceremony begins at 6pm, and lasts about 2 hours. It is held at the Family Court House, 550 Fifth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA (the Old Allegheny County Jail) on the second floor. In addition to various awards presentations, there will be a keynote speaker for the event. Speeches from the Parent(s) of the Year and the keynote speaker are always well worth the investment of time. Hope you can make it!
Posted by:Jenn -- Tuesday, September 22, 2015
Relapse is a Part of Recovery
Posted by:Jenn--Wednesday, September 09, 2015
Posted by:Jenn -- Wednesday, September 09, 2015
YES, We are Meeting on Sept 5th !!
Posted by:Jenn--Wednesday, September 02, 2015
Give your weekend a powerful start! We will be OPEN for our regular PSST meeting in Wilkinsburg on Saturday, Sept 5th from 9-11:30am. There will still be plenty of "weekend" left to enjoy with family & friends . . .
Posted by:Jenn -- Wednesday, September 02, 2015
Truths about Addiction
Posted by:Jenn--Saturday, August 22, 2015
Parents Are Enablers
I Cannot Fix This
My Addict Is A Liar
My Addict Is A Criminal
Others Don’t Want Them Around
Life Will Not Be The Same
Homelessness May Be The Path He Chooses
I once wrote a letter to my son about using drugs. I used the analogy of him standing on the railroad tracks and a train (drugs) is blasting down the tracks and blaring its horn but he hears nothing. I told him it was my job to knock him out of the way and take the hit, that’s what fathers do. I understand now, I was wrong. All that would do would leave me dead on the tracks and he would be standing on another set of tracks the next day.
Posted by:Jenn -- Saturday, August 22, 2015
Posted by:Jenn--Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Posted by:Jenn -- Wednesday, August 12, 2015