ASAP-NJ April 2022
Association of Student Assistance Professionals
ASAP - The Association of Student Assistance Professionals Guidelines
The 35th Annual Conference! "What's in Your Toolkit"
On behalf of ASAP-NJ and the Executive Board, we would like to thank all of you who attended, our Sponsor, Newport Healthcare, our extraordinary presenters, and all of our providers that were showcased throughout the day.
We look forward to seeing you all next year in person.
All the best,
Pam and the Executive Board
The Executive Committee
Legislation- Nell Geiger
Membership- Andrea Saladino
Nominations- Jason Grabelsky
Professional Development- Felisita Pecoraro
Public Relations- Beverly Gross
Technology- Fallon Corcoran & Joy Przywara
The ASAP Conference -Hello Fresh Pairs beautifully with ASAP NJ
The Conference offered a homemade healthy mindful experience with cooking.
This is the Recipe for the Black Bean Tostada
Hope and Healing is Part of the ASAP Conference!
Mary Fowler, Presenter
Mary is well known for her "fill your cup" workshops with the Traumatic Loss Coalition, NJ. Mary is a Professional Staff Developer for educators offering training on positive practices for working with social, emotional, and behavioral issues including traumatic stress reaction and other mental health issues
RWJBH -Robert Wood Johnson Behavioral Health
Alcohol Awareness Month
National Child Abuse Prevention Month
National Sexual Assault Prevention Month
Stress Awareness Month
Learning to cope with our stress and finding healthy ways to deal with these situations can go a long way in living a healthy and positive life. Click Here for the information on stress management.
Autism Awareness Month
Autism, or autism spectrum disorder (ASD), refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication. Autism affects 1 in 44 children. Click Here for Autism Speaks
National Counseling Awareness Month
April 1st National Kick Butts Day!
On April 1, 2022, the Take Down Tobacco National Day of Action, youth activists, educators, parents, health advocates and concerned citizens come together to organize events that:
- Raise awareness of the problem of tobacco use in their community
- Encourage youth to reject the tobacco industry’s deceptive marketing and stay tobacco-free
- Urge elected officials to take action to protect kids from tobacco
National Day of Silence April 22nd
My Silence, My Story. Click Here to Connect with GLSEN and plan your day!
The GLSEN Day of Silence is a national student-led demonstration where LGBTQ students and allies all around the country—and the world—take a vow of silence to protest the harmful effects of harassment and discrimination of LGBTQ people in schools.
Started in the mid 90’s by two college students, the Day of Silence has expanded to reach hundreds of thousands of students each year. Every April, students go through the school day without speaking, ending the day with Breaking the Silence rallies and events to share their experiences during the protest and bring attention to ways their schools and communities can become more inclusive.
Grief Group Summer Program Camp
UPCOMING CAMP PROGRAMS in New JERSEY
- April 22-24 at Camp Mason
- for ages 7-17 (plus Optional Parent Program)
- May 20-22 at Camp Johnsonburg in Partnership with A Little Hope Foundation
- for Suicide Loss
- for ages 7-25 (plus Optional Parent Program)
- Sept 9-11 at Camp Mason
- for ages 7-17
- October 21-23 at Camp Mason
Talking to Children About War
This is my story- Contest for Mental Health from the National Institutes of Health Due April 30th.
Speaking Up About Mental Health! This Is My Story
How can society reduce mental health stigma and foster resilience among young people?
The challenge is soliciting essays to raise the awareness of mental health and provide students an opportunity for self-expression about mental health concerns.
Contest Details Click Here
Between the Bells
MILLIONS ARE SILENTLY STRUGGLING Click Here for the resources and website
YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE.
We know that when a students’ struggles go unspoken, they will not get the help they need and deserve. It may surprise classmates, teachers, and parents to learn the state of mental health for many students and young people. We want you to know this important information:
Do you need support for families that have food insecurity?
https://hungerfreenj.org/help/ you will find a comprehensive list of resources for food and meals as organized by the group “Hunger Free New Jersey”. Note that the link for the 2-1-1 Directory has six options listed and these include “home-delivered meals” (see “Older Adults” and “Individuals with Disabilities”) and Formula/Baby Food (see “Immediate Food” and “Infants and Children” ).
Thank you for sharing this within your network of contacts as may be appropriate.
Covid 19 and Drinking to Excess
Since the beginning of the pandemic, Americans have been consuming 14% more alcohol than normal, a statistic reported by the journal JAMA Network Open. Nielsen reports a 54% increase in national sales of alcohol in March 2020, and a 262% increase in online sales from 2019. While this is not altogether shocking when considering other times in history that alcohol consumption has increased (after September 11th, during large storms or bouts of inclement weather like hurricanes), this is particularly troubling because of the unique risk heightened by the pandemic.
Binge Drinking Information
What is Binge Drinking?
Binge drinking occurs when someone ingests a large quantity of alcohol in a short period of time, and it is also defined by the person’s blood alcohol content. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAA) defines .08 as the amount for this to happen, which translates to 5 standard drinks for men and 4 for women in a 2-hour window.
College Drinking Myths
Did you know that there are a number of issues, deaths, and injuries from alcohol-related incidents at colleges each year? Understanding the consequences of drinking, learning different strategies for prevention and intervention, and knowing the policies at colleges can help you make safe and responsible decisions.
Youth Substance Use Prevention Toolkit.
The National Council for Mental Wellbeing provides a message guide and toolkit that equips youth-serving providers and organizations with the tools and resources necessary to support meaningful prevention messaging. In the toolkit you can access messaging on youth substance use prevention, tip sheets, social media graphics and shareables, videos, webinars, interactive worksheets, and educational courses.
Click Here for the Toolkit (Click on the Message Guide) when you arrive at the site.
Special Feature from Wall Township's Red Ribbon Week
Alysa Fornarotto-Regenye, MSW, LCADC, SAC, SSW
Wall HS Student Assistance Counselor/Coordinator
DELTA Club Twitter: @WHSDeltaClub
DELTA Club Celebrates 7 years
Alcohol Treatment Resource Guide
Take the first step in recovery. Contact a treatment provider today to learn more about alcoholism treatment facilities nearby.
Before starting the treatment process, a person must first recognize their condition and have a desire to quit drinking. Sometimes, an individual may acknowledge they have a drinking problem on their own. Other times, family members or friends may stage an alcohol intervention. This involves loved ones expressing their concerns about the person’s excessive drinking patterns. An intervention also helps to start the discussion about treatment and support options that are available.
Safely disposing of expired or unused medicine is critical to helping protect your kids, family and home. And it decreases the opportunity for visitors in your home, like your kids’ friends, to abuse medicine as well.