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Our course offerings for Middle School

At CHC, we believe that, given the right tools, individuals can make positive choices and positive changes. We facilitate interactive experience-based training's and small groups that engage participants in meaningful learning. Most of our programs have been designed in response to the specific needs of schools and communities in the Lehigh Valley. We also offer many evidence-based programs that have been approved by the National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices (NREPP).

MULTI-SESSION PROGRAMS

Students/Educators

  • Project SUCCESS:

    Project SUCCESS is an evidence-based substance abuse prevention program that uses trained, professional mentors within the schools to help at-risk students become more resilient by providing individualized support and education. Sessions are offered one or two days weekly for 26 weeks.

  • Too Good for Drugs:

    Too Good for Drugs is an evidence-based, K-12 prevention program that builds students’ resiliency by teaching them how to be socially competent and independent problem solvers. The program develops social and emotional skills for making healthy choices, communicating effectively and resisting peer pressure.

  • Safe Dates:

    Safe Dates is an evidence-based dating and substance abuse prevention program designed for both male and female students. Program goals include raising student awareness of what constitutes healthy and abusive dating relationships and the causes and consequences of dating abuse; equipping students with the skills and resources to help themselves or friends in abusive relationships; and helping students develop positive communication, anger management, and conflict resolution skills. The curriculum requires 10 50-minute sessions.

  • Second Step:

    Second Step is an evidence-based violence prevention program for 6th and 7th graders designed to increase school success and decrease problem behaviors by promoting social-emotional competence and self-regulation. The skills-focused, social-emotional learning curriculum strengthens students’ ability to learn, have empathy, manage emotions, and solve problems in order to reduce impulsive and aggressive behaviors.

Note:  CHC can also provide district-specific programming aligned with the PAYS survey results.

Parents

  • Botvin Life Skills Parent Training:

    This evidence-based training provides parents with the necessary skills to help their children learn to resist social pressure to smoke, drink, and use drugs; develop greater self-esteem, self-mastery, and self-confidence; and enhance their ability to reduce and prevent risky behaviors.

  • STEP (Systematic Training for Effective Parenting):

    STEP is an evidence-based program that provides skills training for parents of children six through 12 years of age. The program typically is taught in seven weekly, 90-minute study groups. The course is designed to help parents better understand children’s behavior and misbehavior; learn to develop child confidence; practice positive listening; and give encouragement. The sessions use role-play to dramatize examples of both ineffective and effective parent-child interaction and provide opportunities to discuss personal experiences. This course can be adapted for groups dealing with particular life circumstances.

  • STEP Teens:

    Similar to the STEP program, with a particular focus on parents of teens.

SINGLE-SESSION PROGRAMS

Students/Educators

  • Current Drug Trends:

    Designed to identify and explore personal values and risk factors regarding alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use, this program provides accurate information on current drug trends and their effects. Adults learn how to talk to children about drugs and alcohol; how to build refusal skills, and how to find help.

  • Choices, Chances, Changes

    Designed specifically for 8th grade students, this program focuses on addiction, opioids and heroin, the choices students face as they high school, and resources for help. Topics include what an opioid is; the connection between painkillers and heroin; risks of use; and what to do if someone overdoses.

Staff in-service

  • Current Drug Trends:

    Designed to identify and explore personal values and risk factors regarding alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use, our programs provide accurate information on current drug trends and their effects. Adults learn how to talk to children about drugs and alcohol; how to build refusal skills, and how to find help.

  • HOPE for the Workplace:

    Addiction to opioids affects employee turnover, relationships, and workplace culture and is a leading cause of absenteeism and increased health care costs. This program, which is delivered on-site, provides employers with the tools they need to keep employees healthy and safe and their companies productive.

Parents

  • Current Drug Trends:

    Designed to identify and explore personal values and risk factors regarding alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use, our programs provide accurate information on current drug trends and their effects. Adults learn how to talk to children about drugs and alcohol; how to build refusal skills, and how to find help.

  • Mock Teen Bedroom:

    The Mock Teen Bedroom is an adults-only, hands-on opportunity to learn how to identify drug paraphernalia; the ways drugs and drug use can be disguised; current local drug trends; 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.

  • HOPE (Heroin and Opioid Prevention Education):

    An exclusive training designed by CHC, HOPE was developed in response to the growing concern around the heroin and opioid epidemic. Participants learn about opioids and heroin; signs/symptoms of opioid/heroin use; the effects of use on one’s health, relationships, and future; and where to find local resources to help the addict.

  • Voices from the Valley:

    Participants learn about the addiction cycle, from first use to recovery. Topics include the effects of trauma and genetics; how addiction affects the entire family; the roles played by law enforcement, health care professionals; and local resources for addicts and their families. Highlights in this program include either live speakers or video interviews with recovering addicts and family members, addiction specialists, EMTs, and others.

SMALL GROUP LIFE SKILLS TRAINING

  • Life Skills for Littles:

    Also called Weekday Club, Life Skills for Littles involves small groups of six-to-10 students and focuses on a specific need or problem with which the children may be dealing, including anger management, understanding emotions, or developing communication skills. The sessions also address the students’ broader needs to develop resiliency and develop the skills necessary to resist social pressure to smoke, drink, and use drugs.

  • FISH (Families in Separate Households):

    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 so they can share feelings and build resiliency in a safe and confidential space.

  • Botvin Life Skills:

    This evidence-based training provides students with the necessary skills to resist social pressure to smoke, drink, and use drugs; helps them develop greater self-esteem, self-mastery, and self-confidence; and enhances their ability to reduce and prevent risky behaviors.