Designed for youth, this notebook includes exercises for the Developing a Positive Response youth training component of the Creating Lasting Family Connections Curriculum, a curriculum for promoting the healthy development of youth at risk for alcohol and other drug abuse. After providing information on the Council on Prevention and Education: Substances, Inc. (COPES), the notebook outlines the individual training components that make up the Creating Lasting Family Connections prevention program model and provides an overview of the Developing a Positive Response training. Brief articles and exercises are then provided that relate to five 1 to 2 hour training sessions. The sessions are designed to: build relationships with young people by listening to their concerns and demonstrating care and support; begin the process of helping young people understand key information regarding alcohol and other drug issues to help them make healthy personal choices; continue the process of helping young people to understand key information regarding marijuana and tobacco; provide key information to youth on chemical dependency as a disease which affects the whole family, causes of alcoholism, and characteristics of children in alcoholic families; and help participants understand how children cope with the pain and chaos of living in an alcoholic home, the intervention process, and the hope and help that treatment can bring.
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