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The PSST Support Group is now on Yahoo!
Posted by:Jenn--Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Join the Parent Survival Skills Training support group

on YAHOO Groups & start your conversation today!! 

If you've ever come to a PSST meeting, then you know that it is an invaluable resource for parents who are looking for help with their out-of-control teen. PSST goes beyond the typical support group and offers role plays and advice from the Dream Team of Lloyd, Kathie, Justin and various other professionals who give up their Saturday mornings to attend. If you attend, you also know that PSST is a place where every other parent knows, to some extent, what you are going through and is there to offer support without judgment.

What if:
·        The support and advice you find at the PSST meetings were available 24/7?
·        You could post a question to the other parents or professionals, ask for advice, or simply connect with others who understand what you are going through? 
·        There was a way to have a virtual meeting during the "off" weeks when there is no real meeting?

I guess you know where I am going with this. The Yahoo "Parent Survival Skills Training" group is that place. It's easy to join and closed to anyone outside the group, so your family's anonymity is protected.

It's easy to join:
·        Sign up for a Yahoo account
·        Click on "Groups"
·        Type in "Parent Survival Skills Training" in the search box. You will see the PSST logo. Click on that group and click "join". The administrator will add you to the group.

OR . . . just enter your email address below and click on the Yahoo Groups widget! 

Subscribe to ParentSurvivalSkillsTraining

We hope to see you there!


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FROM THE PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE REVIEW 7-31-2012 Contributed by Wilma
Posted by:Sally--Wednesday, August 01, 2012


Summer is Peak Time for Substance Abuse

Parents, watch out: Your kids ages 12 to 17 are more likely to start abusing substances during the summer than at other times of the year, according to a report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

On an average day in June or July, the report said, more than 11,000 adolescents use alcohol for the first time, with December being the only comparable month. During the rest of the year, 5,000 to 8,000 adolescents drink for the first time.

The pattern is the same with cigarettes, with about 5,000 youths smoking for the first time in June and July, compared with 3,000 to 4,000 the rest of the year.

It’s also the same with marijuana, which more than 4,500 youths start using on an average day in June and July, compared with 3,000 to 4,000 the rest of the year.

Experts say that the free time of summer, which often includes less adult supervision, leads to the increase in substance use. Administration officials recommend that parents talk to their kids about the dangers of substances. — Staff and wire reports

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