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4 Back-to-School Tips That Go Beyond the Classroom

4 Back-to-School Tips That Go Beyond the Classroom

Before the bell rings and new books are cracked open, Destinations for Teens advises parents to share their own lessons with their teenage children — how to avoid the temptation of drugs and alcohol they may encounter from peers this school year. Sasha DeCania, who has a master’s of...

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Positive Psychology and Youth

Positive Psychology and Youth

By Cynthia Della Ripa, LMFT – There is a wide variety of problems that are facing youth today. It can be a world of confusion and chaos taking place during a crucial stage of adolescent growth and development. Youth can learn how to live a mentally, physically and socially...

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The Positive Effects of Exercise on Your Mental Health

The Positive Effects of Exercise on Your Mental Health

By George Livengood – Program Director, Canon House Do you remember moping around the house as a kid and mom saying, “Go outside and play!”? Mom was onto something.  There are numerous studies that indicate exercise is helpful in reducing depression.  There is no one identifiable...

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Why do creative therapies for teens work?

Why do creative therapies for teens work?

By Jesaca Lepper, MFT  – Ventura PHP/IOP Creative therapies are very important and valuable for adolescent treatment therapy. Adolescents often benefit from different treatment modalities that do not only focus on cognitive interventions and strictly “talk therapy.” Adolescent...

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Ventura Beach Clean Up a Huge Success

Ventura Beach Clean Up a Huge Success

On Sunday, August 7, Destinations to Recovery partnered with two other local treatment facilities (Engage and Changing Tides Treatment) for our first annual Ventura Beach Clean Up event. Over 100 participants joined together to clean the beach by Ventura’s famed pier. Participants...

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The Top 6 Biggest Mental Health Myths You Need To Know

The Top 6 Biggest Mental Health Myths You Need To Know

By Alyse Rose, MSW, Assistant Program Director, Woodland Hills Millions of Americans are affected by mental illnesses, and although we have made strides in increasing awareness of mental illness, stigmas and stereotypes continue to prevent many from seeking the services they need. It...

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How to Talk to your Teen About Mental Health

How to Talk to your Teen About Mental Health

By Parviz Nafari, MFT, Woodland Hills PHP/IOP As children grow and go through a wide range of physical, mental, and emotional changes, it can become more and more difficult to distinguish between normal teenage “moodiness” and a legitimate mental health concern. Teens are often not...

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10 Ways to Cope with Stress in High School

By Ani Thomson, MFTi, Woodland Hills, PHP/IOP It’s normal for teens to experience symptoms of anxiety, especially when it comes to school. There is usually pressure to succeed, to get good grades, and to fit in with their peers. All of these pressures can lead to an internal worry that...

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10 Signs Your Teen Might Be Using Drugs

10 Signs Your Teen Might Be Using Drugs

By Brittany Cohen, MSW, Program Director for Wilshire PHP/IOP As therapists treating teen addiction, we repeatedly hear one question from parents: “How could I not have known they were using?” Parents feel that they drive their kids to school in the morning, pick them up from a...

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Social Media: Is it Hurting or Helping Teens?

Social Media: Is it Hurting or Helping Teens?

According to statistics from the Pew Research Center, use of social media sites has increased by more than ten times in the past decade. Nearly two thirds of American adults use at least one social networking site, and a whopping 90 percent of young adults ages 18-29 use social media...

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