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Family Support Information

S.A.C. Services
 

Mrs. Stephanie Scanlon, Student Assistance Coordinator (SAC), offers support to both Middle School and High School students concerning a wide variety of issues such as relationships, depression, family matters, difficulty with peers, etc. Her primary focus is to help students learn healthy ways to cope with problems so that they won't resort to unhealthy means such as drug and alcohol use. It is with this in mind that Mrs. Scanlon teaches life sills such as effective communication, anger management, decision making and peer pressure resistance skills. All discussions are kept confidential with exceptions concerning the student's or others' safety. She makes suggestions and referrals to out-of-school counselors and programs for more serious issues.

 

Mrs. Scanlon meets with students individually and, if enough students are experiencing similar issues, in small groups. Groups are formed to address topics such as:

  • Anger management
  • Children of divorce
  • Grief and loss
  • Substance abuse in the family
  • Drug and alcohol education

Mrs. Scanlon also visits classrooms with substance awareness and prevention presentations and organizes coffee houses on occasional Saturday nights throughout the year in order to provide alcohol-free alternative activities to teenagers.

Mrs. Scanlon is in the Middle School on Mondays and Wednesdays (461-8822, ext. 4017; voice mail 4553), the High School on Tuesdays and Thursdays (461-6100, ext. 3009) and both schools every other Friday. She welcomes your questions and suggestions! 

 

 

"Parents are the frontline defense in keeping their children from using alcohol and other drugs by advocating a zero tolerance policy. Remember, teenagers are rebellious by nature -- if you condone a risky behavior, they will take it a step further." 

Mrs. Scanlon

 

"Research overwhelmingly affirms that parents who calmly, lovingly and firmly oppose adolescent drug (and alcohol) use tend to have safer teens.  (This approach) does limit teen use, even if it doesn't stop it entirely. Parents who shrug off or support their kids' use tend to have teens who develop serious problems." 

Dr. Mike Bradley, Adolescent Psychologist - www.docmikebradley.com