Full Program Listing

Full Program Listing

  • Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs Prevention Series (Current Drug Trends, Mock Teen Bedroom):

    Designed to identify and explore personal values and risk factors regarding ATOD use, our programs provide children, adolescents and adults with social norming tools and accurate information on current drug trends and their effects, as well as refusal skills. While the program is adapted to meet the needs of a particular audience, all participants receive the most up-to-date information on tobacco, alcohol, marijuana, synthetics, opioids and other dangerous substances. Parents, educators and other adults also learn how to talk to children about drugs and alcohol, as well as how to find help. CHC’s Mock Teen Bedroom, for adults only, is a hands-on opportunity to learn how to identify drug paraphernalia, as well as the many ways drugs and drug use can be disguised.

  • Appreciating Differences through the Arts©:

    A 6-week diversity awareness program that leads students to appreciate social and cultural diversity through theater activities and arts and crafts. Topics include cliques, stereotyping, perception, and empathy training.

  • Anger Management:

    Anger is an emotion with which most people are familiar. What many may not realize is that anger is often used as a way to avoid dealing with uncomfortable feelings, such as fear or sadness. CHC’s Anger Management program helps participants recognize and understand underlying reasons for their anger, as well as identify triggers and warning signs. Additionally, attendees learn practical, peaceful techniques for controlling reactions to challenges and managing stress.

  • ATOD Health Fair:

    Our interactive and visually engaging health fair exhibits provide information, pamphlets, and true-to-life models that display the dangers of ATOD use/abuse as well as the benefits of healthy choices. CHC will also use this platform to help promote the Penn Dot Yellow Dot program by offering yellow dot rack cards and yellow dot packets at our health fairs and HOPE programs.

  • ATOD Health Fair with Impaired Driving Simulators/Activities:

    In partnership with the Lehigh Valley Health Network, this program provides information on the dangers of impaired (alcohol and other drugs) driving as well as distracted (texting) driving while providing participants the opportunity to simulate an experience of driving while under the influence or while texting. Through this innovative program, CHC has reached thousands of students in the past year, many of whom express a desire to stay drug/alcohol free when driving

  • ATOD-Relapse Prevention:

    CHC’s Drug & Alcohol Relapse Prevention Program is based on the school of thought that relapse happens prior to actual substance use. Participants learn to define and recognize various types of relapse, as well as identify relapse warning signs and personal triggers. Then, through a variety of interactive lessons, they explore and practice coping, communication and relationship skills. Finally, participants are given a wide variety of support resources available to them and their families throughout their community.

  • Be Right Back: Time to DECIDE:

    This multimedia curriculum is designed to educate middle school students on the risks of teen alcohol use and to prevent initiation of alcohol use among teens. Participants will learn the risks associated with the consumption of alcohol and skills needed to make safe and healthy decisions.

  • Bullying Prevention/Bullying Prevention for Seniors:

    This program helps participants to explore the definition of bullying, learn tips to empower students to deal with bullying behavior, and practice ways to stop the bullying/victim cycle. Students also learn how their behaviors influence others. The program is continuously updated to include newer forms of relational aggression; including cyberbullying, sexting, and social media issues that affect student lives.

  • Character Education:

    Restoring character traits, such as respect and responsibility, among youth creates a more productive environment for teaching and learning. This program is designed to help students develop several building blocks of character: caring, kindness, honesty, fairness, self-control, respect, and responsibility with puppets (grades 1-3), activities, role-play, art projects and stories. The majority of CHC participants show improvements in character traits through pre/post test results.

  • Choices, Chances, Changes (HOPE for 8th grade students):

    This program, designed specifically for 8th grade students, focuses on addiction, opioids and heroin, the choices students face as they enter high school, and resources for help. Presented by a prevention specialist from the Center for Humanistic Change, students learn what an opioid is; the connection between painkillers and heroin; potential risks and consequences of use and abuse of both; what to do if someone overdoses; and, the laws regarding all of the above. In person (as often as possible) or via video-taped interviews, a recovering addict and family member of an addict(s) take part, sharing details about what they’ve gone through, the consequences they face, and heart-to-heart advice for making healthy choices. When possible, schools’ Student Resource Officers (SROs) are invited to participate as well. Emphasis is placed on all resources available to help students. We offer them the opportunity to ask for help during the program, and work in conjunction with school administrators and guidance counselors to ensure follow-up support directly afterwards, as well as in the following days and weeks.

  • Conflict Resolution/Peacemaking Skills:

    This program, aimed at adults, adolescents and/or youth helps participants recognize and understand underlying reasons for conflict, as well as identify triggers, and warning signs. Additionally, attendees learn practical, peaceful techniques for solving conflicts.

  • Coping with Loss/Grief and Loss:

    These groups explore the grieving process and actively involve participants in ways to heal, deal with the loss, identify possible triggers that may cause major emotional reactions, and identify support systems so that they have someone to turn to in case things become overwhelming. They know where they can get the support they need in their family and community so they are able to move on in a positive direction and not make unhealthy choices.

  • Crossroads (Based on Project SUCCESS program):

    Crossroads is CHC’s elementary school version of Project SUCCESS, adapted for work with children in grades K-5. Adaptations include age-appropriate information and activities. This program provides resiliency development for at-risk students through a nurturing relationship with a trained professional mentor. Students who are most in danger of failure in school or other high-risk behaviors are involved in program services on a regular basis and are guided and motivated to achieve personal goals. Crossroads prevents and reduces substance abuse through education, skills training, and information dissemination, including normative preventive education, mentoring and skills training, problem identification and referral, community based and processes, and environmental approaches.

    The program achieves high results regarding basic drug and alcohol education (typically focused on tobacco, alcohol, and energy drinks; other drug education as necessary, individually, on a case by case basis), as well as gains in academic and behavioral success by placing highly qualified and trained individuals to work closely with staff and students within the school setting. CHC mentored 398 adolescents in the Crossroads Mentoring Program, and served 4670 adolescents and their families with prevention education through both the Crossroads and Project SUCCESS Mentoring programs last year.

  • Current Drug Trends:

    Designed to identify and explore personal values and risk factors regarding ATOD use, our programs provide children, adolescents and adults with social norming tools and accurate information on current drug trends and their effects, as well as refusal skills. While the program is adapted to meet the needs of a particular audience, all participants receive the most up-to-date information on tobacco, alcohol, marijuana, synthetics, opioids and other dangerous substances. Parents, educators and other adults learn how to talk to children about drugs and alcohol, as well as how to find help.

  • Cyber Bullying Prevention:

    This program helps participants to learn tips to empower students to deal with cyber bullying behavior, and practice ways to stop the bullying/victim cycle. Students also learn how their behaviors influence others. The program is continuously updated to include newer forms of relational aggression; including cyberbullying, sexting, and social media issues that affect student lives.

  • CyberChoices:

    This comprehensive and up-to-date program was designed by CHC to help build awareness of dangers of risky on-line behaviors such as cyber safety, bullying, sexting, gambling, and social networking. Through activities that simulate real life choices, participants gain awareness and learn how to engage safely in the cyber world.

  • Cyber Gambling Awareness Program:

    This fun, interactive workshop is designed to raise awareness about the dangers of gambling and the nature of addiction in general. Participants will identify the risks and consequences of gambling, discover the effects of gambling on the brain, understand the cycle of addiction and learn how to get help.

  • Decision Making:

    This interactive program is designed to guide participants from understanding the exact nature of an issue through determining available choices, then reaching a logical and meaningful decision from which a plan of action can be developed and implemented. This highly practical and step-by-step program helps participants take control of their future.

  • Different is Good (Diversity):

    This program encourages students to explore our common humanity and develop understanding and tolerance for differences. It helps participants build empathy and gain practical skills in resolving inter-group conflict. This program has been exclusively designed by CHC to address the unique and changing communities in the Lehigh Valley.

  • Don’t Bet on It! (gambling prevention):

    This program helps participants to comprehend the risks and possible negative consequences associated with gambling, analyze the influences that encourage or discourage gambling, understand the characteristics of different types of gamblers, understand the laws related to gambling, evaluate the warning signs of problem and compulsive gambling and to know when and how to get help for a gambling problem.

  • Educator Trainings:

    CHC customizes trainings for school faculty, counselors, and administrators, upon request, to help them lead their schools more effectively. Some of the trainings that CHC has developed: Teachers as Mentors; Effective Discipline; Diversity; Coaches as Role Models; Bullying; Cyber Choices; Creating a Positive School Climate; Parents as Partners; Stress Management; Current Drug Trends; and, Recognizing Anger Triggers in Students.

  • Effective Communication:

    Participants will learn the art of communicating in an assertive, non-confrontational manner. This program teaches skills such as active listening, and using "I" statements. Participants also learn how to read body language, and how and why to use tone of voice for effective communication.

  • Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD):

    This program is designed to raise awareness of the dangers of alcohol use during pregnancy and to educate participants on the lifelong effects of FASD.

  • H.E.L.P. (Helping Every Living Person) (Suicide Prevention):

    This curriculum is designed to define and identify the impact of stress and depression on teens, explore the benefits of healthy coping skills, provide the knowledge about the causes of suicidal behaviors and the warning signs that youth at-risk display, teach skills to intervene with suicidal youth, and provide resources where a youth can get help.

  • HOPE (Heroin and Opioid Prevention Education):

    HOPE, an exclusive training designed by CHC, was developed in response to the growing concern around the heroin and opioid epidemic, as well as to help end the stigma suffered by addicts and their families. Targeted towards high school students and adults, participants learn about opioids and heroin; signs and symptoms of opioid/heroin use; the effects of use on one’s health, relationships and future; and where to find local resources and help for the addict. HOPE has reached thousands of adults and high school youth in nearly all Lehigh Valley school districts, as well as many health agencies, faith-based organizations and community-based agencies.

  • “HOPE II” (Name to be Determined):

    CHC’s HOPE program, rolled out in 2014, has created awareness about the current heroin and opioid crisis among thousands of Lehigh County adults and high school youth. “HOPE II,” a stand-alone follow-up to HOPE, is currently in development. Participants will learn about the cycle of addiction, from first use to recovery, including: the effects of trauma and genetics; how addiction affects the entire family; the roles played by law enforcement, health care professionals and addiction specialists; and local resources for addicts and their families. Highlighted in this program will be video clips of interviews with recovering addicts and family members, an emergency room doctor, addiction specialists, EMTs and others. When possible, live speakers will be featured as well. “HOPE II” will be piloted over the summer, and then offered to schools and community organizations in the fall.

  • Improving Your Odds (gambling prevention):

    This curriculum is an interdisciplinary program designed to discourage underage gambling through improved critical thinking and problem solving.

  • Kids Building Character:

    Restoring character traits such as respect and responsibility in our schools creates a more productive environment for teaching and learning. This program is designed to help students develop several building blocks of character: caring, kindness, honesty, fairness, self-control, respect, and responsibility. These concepts are illustrated with puppets (grades 1-3), activities, role-play, and stories.

  • Leadership Development:

    Participants will learn to be effective team leaders by: inspiring others on a team, communicating more effectively, planning and running meetings, implementing a team project, executing effective teamwork, supporting and motivating peers, and speaking in public.

  • Life Skills Training:

    In this multi-session program, participants engage in activities, pair shares, and role plays on topics such as assertiveness, self-image, decision making, smoking, drug and alcohol use/abuse, anxiety, conflict resolution and communication skills. Designed for youth in middle and high school as well as adults, this program reaches hundreds of participants each year and consistently helps the majority of them learn new skills and strategies for harm reduction and greater success in school and life.

  • LifeSkills Training (Botvin):

    In this multi-session program, participants engage in activities, pair shares, and role plays on topics such as assertiveness, self-image, decision making, smoking, drug and alcohol use/abuse, anxiety, conflict resolution and communication skills. Designed for youth in elementary, middle, and high school as well as parents and adults, this program reaches hundreds of participants each year and consistently helps the majority of them learn new skills and strategies for harm reduction and greater success in school and life.

  • Life Skills for Healthy Living:

    The interactive content of this program can be tailored to meet the needs of each specific group of adults; including adults age 65+, businesspersons, or those at risk - such as parolees, prisoners, and jobless or homeless adults. Topics include assertiveness, self-confidence, stress management, dealing with challenge and change, anger management, decision-making, job readiness, conflict resolution, teambuilding, and leadership development

  • Life Skills for Littles:

    This program, designed for K-8 youth, services small groups of 6-10 students that focus on a specific need or problem, such as managing anger, understanding emotions or developing communication skills. Additionally, sessions address the students’ broader needs for developing resilience and the personal assets required to succeed in school. Creating a safe, confidential environment allows students to support each other, as they interact in a variety of activities, such as role-play, art, games and discussion.

  • Living in a Changing Family:

    This program offers support and positive coping strategies for students experiencing family crises, such as divorce, blended families, drug addiction or the incarceration of a parent. Students meet in small groups with a caring adult, offering a safe and confidential space in which to share feelings and build resiliency.

  • Look Listen Link (Suicide Prevention):

    This curriculum is designed to increase awareness of the problem of teen depression among middle school students, and to empower students to comfortably and confidently intervene with friends who may be depressed or suicidal. Look Listen Link is designed to supplement health education curricula.

  • Mock Teen Bedroom:

    CHC’s Mock Teen Bedroom is for adults only: parents, grandparents, guardians, and any professionals who work with adolescents, young adults, and/or their families. CHC experts are on-hand to provide information, answer questions, and guide participants as they browse through the interactive bedroom display and our tables of drug and alcohol related displays and information. This program is a hands-on opportunity to learn: how to identify drug paraphernalia; the many ways drugs and drug use can be disguised; current drug trends in the local area; the most up-to-date information on those trends/drugs; ways to talk to children about drugs and alcohol; and how/where to find help.

  • PATHS (Promoting Alternative Thinking Strategies):

    In the school setting, this program helps youth resolve conflict peacefully, handle emotions positively, empathize, and make responsible decisions.

  • Peer Mediation:

    Peer Mediation is a problem-solving process in which students, known as Peer mediators, assist other students in resolving non-physical disputes. Peer Mediators are specially chosen by school personnel and trained in a three-step process. This process clarifies the nature of the dispute and assists students in reaching a solution that is satisfactory to both parties. Students trained as Peer Mediators develop leadership skills, enhance their critical thinking skills, learn valuable communication skills and develop a proficiency in problem solving skills.

  • Peer Mentoring:

    Participants learn to inspire and motivate peers by: helping them identify challenges, supporting them in building self-awareness and personal resiliency, and helping them set and achieve personal and academic goals.

  • Presentation Skills:

    Participants will learn how to increase confidence and decrease anxiety, increase awareness of body language, effectively and efficiently design, organize and practice delivery of information, how to use audio-visual aids effectively, how to handle questions with confidence and how to assess an audience.

  • Project SUCCESS (Schools Using Coordinated Community Efforts to Strengthen Students):

    This evidence-based program provides resiliency development for at-risk students through a nurturing relationship with a trained professional mentor. Students who are most in danger of failure in school or other high-risk behaviors are involved in program services on a regular basis and are guided and motivated to achieve personal goals. Project SUCCESS prevents and reduces substance abuse through education, skills training, and information dissemination, including normative preventive education, mentoring and skills training, problem identification and referral, community based and processes, and environmental approaches. The program achieves high results in substance use reduction and greater academic and behavioral success by placing highly qualified and trained individuals to work closely with staff within the school setting. CHC mentored 879 adolescents, and served 4670 adolescents and their families with prevention education through this program last year.

  • Student Assistance Program (SAP) Training for Educators:

    CHC is a certified by the Pennsylvania Department of Education as a Commonwealth Approved Trainer for the Student Assistance Program. The training is held as a three-day workshop that is based on the Standards and Competencies issued by the Dept. of Education in 2003. Completion of the workshop and activities, including a post-training assignment, results in SAP certification and receipt of 30 Act 48 hours.

  • Student Assistance Program (SAP) Team Maintenance:

    Rejuvenate, re-energize, or revitalize your SAP team with a workshop tailor-made for your group. Half-day or full workday trainings (held on your site, or CHC's) include creative, interactive activities on themes such as goal setting, visioning, or team building. At you request, our expert facilitators can create a theme that addresses your particular needs.

  • Safe Dates:

    This evidence-based program aimed at adolescents provides skills to help participants prevent perpetration and reduce perpetration among teens. Participants will have less acceptance for dating abuse/violence, stronger communication and anger management skills, less of a tendency to gender stereotype, and a greater awareness of community services for dating abuse.

  • Second Step:

    Second Step is a violence-prevention program designed to reduce impulsive and aggressive behaviors. Age-appropriate units guide students to develop their empathy, impulse control, problem solving, and anger management skills. CHC serves several hundred students annually through this evidence-based program, and results show a large improvement in self-regulation and relational skills.

  • Social Media:

    This program is designed to raise awareness about trends and dangers throughout social media. Engaging in lively discussion and a variety of activities, participants learn about Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and Twitter; identify the possible dangers of social media outlets; understand responsible use and the legal, social, and emotional consequences of misuse; discover the prevalence and pressures concerning sexting, cyber-bullying, and privacy issues; discuss the effects of social media on the brain, including addiction; and explore the resources available to monitor and combat misuse. This program is updated often to reflect current issues and is adaptable for students, school personnel, and parents at the middle school, high school, and college level, as well as for adults in business settings.

  • Suicide Prevention:

    Our age-appropriate programs on suicide prevention help participants identify and cope with life's stressors; learn signs and symptoms of depression and risk factors for suicide for themselves and others; identify resources in the school and community; and, make safety plans during emergencies.

  • Stress Management:

    This workshop is designed for the individual who is interested in dealing more effectively with stress. It will provide the participant with an opportunity to identify stressors and techniques to relieve stress. Participants will have the chance to practice some techniques.

  • Stress Management in the Workplace:

    This program helps participants identify personal and professional stressors and learn stress reduction techniques so they can excel under pressure.

  • STEP (Systematic Training for Effective Parenting):

    This course is designed to help parents understand child behavior, learn to develop child confidence, and develop concrete skills of: effective listening, giving encouragement (rather than praise), constructive self-expression, decision making, problem solving, assertive discipline, developing and applying natural and logical consequences, and conducting family meetings. Our sessions engage participants in role-play to dramatize examples of both ineffective and effective parent-child interactions, activities, and opportunities to discuss personal experiences. The course can be tailored for parents of children of all ages, and adapted for groups with particular life circumstances, including incarceration, addiction, and trauma.

  • Talking about Touching:

    This program, designed for K-3 youth, services small groups of 6-10 and classroom size groups that focus on teaching children basic skills designed to help them keep safe from dangerous or abusive situations.

  • Teambuilding:

    This program is designed to assist workplace colleagues better understand each other’s strengths, weaknesses and interests so your staff can move from an ordinary group to a successful problem-solving team.

  • Tobacco Prevention:

    Participants learn the “why and how” of rejecting tobacco in every form, with a focus on the dangers to health, society and the environment. Information is presented in an interactive way, using the most current information available.

  • Too Good for Drugs and Violence (High School):

    This is a school-based, multi-session program for high school youth. These interactive programs promote violence prevention, character education and respect for others, as well as reducing risk factors and enhancing protective factors related to alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs. A separate curriculum for staff development also helps faculty, counselors, administrators, and community youth workers serve their students more effectively.

  • Too Good for Drugs (TGFD):

    TGFD is a school-based, multi-session program for K-8 school youth. These interactive programs enhance protective factors related to alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs. A separate curriculum for staff development also helps faculty, counselors, administrators, and community youth workers serve their students more effectively.

  • Too Good for Violence (TGFV):

    TGFV is a school-based, multi-session program for K-8 school youth. These interactive programs promote violence prevention, character education and respect for others. A separate curriculum for staff development also helps faculty, counselors, administrators, and community youth workers serve their students more effectively.

  • Training for Trainers:

    Learn how to sharpen your presentation and facilitation skills with proven techniques that energize audiences and improve results. Participants will have the opportunity to practice their newly acquired presentation skills and will leave with new activity ideas provided by their cohorts.

  • Truancy Prevention:

    Truant students are at greater risk for substance abuse, criminal activity, dropping out or being forced out school through disciplinary actions, social isolation, low self-esteem, and teen pregnancy. Our custom designed program is based on national and state regulations regarding truancy and the essential elements of effective truancy reduction programs. Research shows that truancy reduction programs require involvement of schools, parents, and students; collaboration among community organizations; a continuum of supports, meaningful incentives and consequences, and measurable goals.

    Schools, ideally working in conjunction with local magistrates, offer families the opportunity to attend CHC’s custom-designed program in lieu of fines and/or other truancy related consequences. The program is currently designed for high school level, and can be adapted for elementary and middle schools. The student must attend with at least one parent. First individually, then together, the facilitators guide students and parents to: learn about the risk factors and consequences of truancy; identify personal, specific reasons why students are truant; create strategies for eliminating those causes; explore ways to improve collaboration and communication; set goals and action steps to support regular attendance; and, create and sign a contract, committing to working together on those goals

  • Wanna Bet?:

    This curriculum for grades 3-8, is an interdisciplinary program designed to discourage underage gambling through improved critical thinking and problem solving. WannaBet? is designed to be integrated into existing units in health, math, and life skills, or used in conjunction with an existing prevention program.

  • Youth Mental Health First Aid:

    This evidence-based program is designed for adults, including parents, educators, coaches, mentors, or anyone else who interacts with youth ages 12-18. Participants learn how the prevalence of various mental health disorders impact youth and the need to reduce the stigma attached to these disorders. Additionally, they will be able to recognize the warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents, and understand the risk and protective factors that can affect a youth’s mental health and resiliency.

  • Youth Support Program (Focus Group/Weekday Club):

    These programs are designed to help participants develop and strengthen social skills, while promoting community building in the school and classroom. Focus Groups use selective interventions to target elementary, middle school and high school students who are at greater-than-average risk for substance abuse. Topics from the curricula can be tailored to meet students' needs.