CHC is a private, not-for-profit agency providing prevention education (alcohol, tobacco and other drugs) and life skills training focusing on decision making for healthy choices. For over 30 years, we have developed and delivered high quality educational programming throughout the Lehigh Valley and have been dedicated to the philosophy that people learn best by doing.
The seeds for the founding of The Center for Humanistic Change, Inc. (CHC) were sown in 1975 when Endeavor, a Bethlehem-based drug and alcohol treatment agency, chose to separate its treatment services from its prevention/education activities. Four years later, the prevention division severed its relationship with Endeavor and adopted the name Center for Humanistic Change. The agency focused exclusively on prevention education, working with individuals before they become alcohol and substance abusers. In 1981, the IRS granted CHC its 501(c) 3 status.
CHC's educational philosophy is based on a holistic learning model known as humanistic education, which seeks to engage people intellectually, emotionally, and behaviorally. We believe that people are inherently good and have the potential to live fulfilling lives. We also believe that, given the right tools, individuals can make positive choices and positive changes in their lives, have healthy relationships, and avoid destructive behaviors such as substance abuse, dependence, and violence.
As the Lehigh Valley's needs have changed over time, so too has CHC's programming. In addition to providing alcohol, tobacco, and drug education and prevention, we offer an array of programs designed to help people better deal with life's challenges. Following are key facts about the organization:
Our mission is to give people, especially youth, the knowledge and tools they need to make better-informed and more positive life choices. We encourage healthy decision-making, positive choices, and peaceful living.
Our core business involves providing life skills training and prevention education, mentoring, training other trainers, and helping connect people to available community resources.
We deliver evidence-based and custom-designed programs in schools, correctional facilities, neighborhoods and workplaces. We serve students, counselors, parents, social service providers, teachers, administrators, and other interested in personal growth and development.
We take a human-centered, interactive, and experiential approach to our program delivery, always focusing on assets and positive outcomes.
We don't provide direct counseling. In schools, we train teachers on how to identify students who are having difficulty and provide those students with the assistance they need.
Ninety percent of the 44,500 people served last year were children and teens, many of whom are considered "at risk". The total 44,500 served represents less than seven percent of the Lehigh valley's population.
We are a Commonwealth-approved trainer in the Student Assistance program (SAP) and provide SAP liaison services and maintenance training.
Since 1975, The Center for Humanistic Change has shaped learning environments to meet the unique needs of our clients. CHC programs are offered in schools, the community, and the workplace. CHC clients include:
Social service employees
Individuals interested in personal growth and human relations