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Tuesday, April 16 @7PM

The One Choice 5: What Parents and Caring Adults Need to Know About Youth Substance Use Prevention



Caroline DuPont, M.D., 
Vice President, Institute for Behavior and Health, Inc.

Board Certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine

Nancy Pasquale

Coalition Coordinator & Youth Coalition Advisor, RyeACT

IBH Prevention Consultant, One Choice Prevention

Debbie Berndt

Director, Substance Free Athletics

Host, SAMHSA’s Talk. They Hear You! Campaign podcast

Spring is here, and for many it  marks the start of the hectic, and often stressful, countdown to the end of the school year and all that comes with it for youth and families. Homework, tests, and final exams. Proms, Graduations, and end-of year “moving up” ceremonies. And gearing up for periods of transition: from Elementary to Middle School, Middle to High School, and the transition to work, college, and beyond for HS grads. While these times can be exciting and joyous, they are also frequently times of increased stress and anxiety, and are often associated with increased substance use for young people. This is an ideal time for parents and caring adults to make a renewed commitment to having those important prevention conversations with the youth in their lives, but many don’t know where to start.

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Wednesday, March 6   7-8:30pm

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Marc Potenza, MD, PhD

Stephen M. Southwick Professor of Psychiatry,

Yale University School of Medicine

Sports Betting, & Gaming:
How much is too much?

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While many teens are involved in online games and 60% of high school students have gambled (primarily through sports betting), parents and caregivers are often unaware of the possible dangers. This presentation will help parents and other caring adults understand the scope of adolescent involvement in sports betting and gaming and the social and emotional impact on middle and high school aged students.

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January 23, 2024 @7PM

Protective Power of Parents and Caregivers to Keep Young People Safe and Build Them to be their Best Selves

Dr. Ken Ginsburg, MD, MSEd

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Join Dr. Ken Ginsburg, who will speak about the critical importance of parents and caring adults in the lives of adolescents. It is the security of your love that allows young people to launch successfully into an uncertain future. Your high expectations hold them accountable, keep them safe, and shape them to become their best selves. The best way to protect your child is to prepare them to manage life’s complexities while establishing clear boundaries beyond which they cannot stray. When you model self-care and healthy stress management strategies, you teach them to get through tough times. So if you're the parent of a teen, tune in to remind yourself how much you matter. If you have younger children, now is the time to invest in building wise, strong children who will thrive through adolescence and beyond.

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