What's the difference between "good" stress and "not-so-good" stress?
This question and more will be discussed in a Tuesday (March 22) forum sponsored by Adolescent Counseling Services (ACS), a local nonprofit group focused on teen social and emotional development. The agency maintains counselors on Palo Alto's middle- and high-school campuses.
ACS Executive Director Philippe Rey will moderate the panel discussion at Cubberley Community Center.
"Teen stress is universal and something that most adolescents experience in their lives," Rey said.
"This forum will enhance the understanding of stress in teens, increase awareness of good versus not-so-good stress, address the use of drug and alcohol in times of stress, and offer accessible and healthy coping strategies."
Panelists will include ACS On-Campus Counseling Director Roni Gillenson; ACS Adolescent Substance Abuse Treatment Program Director Enrique Flores; Ursula Vogelsang, a counselor at Community Health Awareness Council of Mountain View; and Jennifer Jones, also a counselor at Community Health Awareness Council.
Tuesday's forum is part of an ACS series called Breaking the Stigma. Since June 2009, the group has hosted public panel discussions on teen depression, substance abuse, sexuality and bullying.
The event, free and open to the public, will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Room H1 of Cubberley Community Center, 4000 Middlefield Road.
For more information call ACS at 650-424-0852 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.