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Student Assistance Program (SAP)

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As we enter the final stages of the school year, the SAP team would like to thank you for all of your support. We hope that you continue to reach out to us for help and support for your child. Please keep in mind that you can contact the SAP team via email at if you are in need of a MARS evaluation for your child during the summer months. This can be set up for you through the SAP team and completed at Parkland High School. The MARS evaluation is a clinical interview completed by an employee of the Mid-Atlantic Rehabilitation Services to help locate a counselor for your child. If you have any questions, please feel free to e-mail us throughout the summer.

Please review the tips below to keep your child safe and drug-free this summer:

  • Set summertime rules. Make clear rules regarding unsupervised time spent with friends and expectations.
  • Supervise. Be physically present when you can. Research shows that unsupervised young people are more likely to use alcohol or other drugs.
  • Monitor. Randomly call and text your child to check in and follow-up with other parents.
  • Stay involved. Take time to do some activities together. Make sure that you know who your child is spending time with.

Have a great summer!


Student Assistance Program (SAP)


The Growing Trend of Permissive Parenting and Its Negative Effects

Parents want their children to be happy and healthy on a daily basis. It brings parents both comfort and joy when they feel they have accomplished this for their child. However, when does it go too far? When does a child's happiness supersede them becoming a responsible adult? Have today’s parents put the constant happiness of their child over teaching ownership, responsibility, empathy, and consequences of actions? Some have turned to a style of parenting known as “Permissive.” 

Permissive parents tend to be overindulgent with their children. These parents are low in demandingness and high in responsiveness.  There are few rules and boundaries as these parents are reluctant to enforce rules. These parents are warm, but they do not like to say no or disappoint their children. Additionally, parents who embrace this style tend to meet their children’s desires at the expense of someone else; teach their children that happiness is derived from wish fulfillment, establish a difficulty in their children to develop stable internal happiness, and foster an inability for their children to foster appropriate limits on themselves.

Although the above is concerning, from a mental health perspective, a major concern is that children learn that disappointment and sadness are intolerable. By parents doing whatever they can to have their children avoid sadness and disappointment at any cost, it teaches their children that they must avoid these feelings because they must be unbearable. This fosters a low emotional intelligence and inability to cope with life’s disappointments which could lead to depression, anxiety, and suicide.

In previous generations, children experienced loss, disappointment, guilt, etc. as a normal part of the human experience. Permissive parenting may be causing children not to have the coping arsenal for their adult lives. 

If you believe you may be a permissive parent and need assistance, please contact the SAP team for help at 610-351-5600.


Student Assistance Program (SAP)


The SAP team received excellent information at the recent Pennsylvania Association of Student Assistance Professionals (PASAP) 2019 Conference.  We wanted to pass along a document that shows the different apps that our children are utilizing.  Please take a minute to read the information below.


App Cheat Sheet for Parents1
app cheat sheet for parents2


Student Assistance Program (SAP)


image What Are Nicotine Salts?

Nicotine Salts

Nicotine Salts or “nic salts” are on the rise, presenting new issues in the vaping world. The salt is created by combining nicotine with an organic acid, masking the naturally unpleasant taste of nicotine. Without the negative throat feeling from a hit, use of this form is further attractive and users may take deeper and more frequent puffs. This form also leads to higher nicotine blood content in a shorter amount of time, triggering neurochemical reactions faster. Many experts worry that inhaling these and other added ingredients may cause other health problems in years to come.*

The Student Assistance Program is hosting the CARON Treatment Center’s Tobacco Cessation Group.  This will begin sometime in February or early March.  If you are interested, please email:  This group will occur during the school day and rotate periods weekly.

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SAP is sponsoring the following seminars for students during the spring semester:

Organizational/Time Management Lunch Time Seminar - Learn what organizational structure works for you, and how to best structure your life.

Assertiveness Lunch Time Seminar - Learn how to calmly express your needs to others and avoid being taken advantage of.

Healthy Relationship Lunch Time Seminar - Learn what a healthy relationship looks and sounds like, including both friendships and dating relationships. Also, learn how to leave an unhealthy relationship.

Smoking Cessation Group - Addresses the use of, and addiction to, e-cigarettes and cigarettes. This seminar is provided through the Caron Foundation.

Resiliency Group - Learn how to bounce back from adversity, develop and utilize coping skills, and own your issues.


If you are interested in these seminars, please complete the permission slip below. Email it to or mail it to PHS to the attention of Lori Fitch.


SAP sign-up form