Monthly Archives: February 2016

  • National Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

    Portrait of cute coupleAs we wrap up National Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, we should take a moment to focus on the challenges teens face as they begin to enter the world of dating.

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that “nearly 1.5 million high school students nationwide experience physical abuse from a dating partner in a single year.”  Developing strong social skills and teaching healthy relationship qualities early on can help prevent dating violence.

    Social Intelligence: Good decision-making and communication skills enable teens to better understand the emotions of others and respond to the needs of those around them thoughtfully and with understanding.

    Emotional Intelligence: Teens equipped to identify and manage their own emotions have the self-awareness to be present in the moment and prepared to anticipate and identify the emotions of others and respond appropriately.

    Peaceful Conflict Resolution Skills: Conflicts are mitigated by teens who pause and process before acting when faced with difficult situations. Teens ready to think through potential conflicts are more likely to seek alternative, peaceful solutions.

    Violence is a learned behavior. With social emotional competencies in place, teens are more prepared to find meaningful relationships based on love and mutual respect.

  • Introducing Too Good for Drugs High School Revised

    AHS3901 TGFD Binder cover for web 1-16 look at any reputable study on current alcohol and drug use among youth will bring no surprise; substance use is still prevalent among teens. As children enter their teen years, they face increasingly complex challenges and influences. According to a survey by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University, 60 percent of high school students, at both public and private schools, reported drug-infected campuses. Such statistics make prevention efforts more relevant than ever.

    This week, individuals from across the nation will convene in Washington D.C. for CADCA’s 26th Annual National Leadership Forum and SAMHSA’s 12th Annual Prevention Day. Coalition leaders, prevention specialists, public health professionals, parents, and youth will join together to address the essential part prevention plays in keeping our youth substance-free.

    And on this auspicious occasion we announce with excitement our latest prevention effort: the forthcoming release of our revised Too Good for Drugs High School curriculum. The revised curriculum builds social emotional competency through fun and age appropriate lessons that foster self-awareness and social-awareness. With the help of educators, counselors, and prevention specialists, our evidence-based curriculum equips teens with the skills they need to resist negative influence that may lead to substance use, as well as prepares them for academic success that will carry over into their college and professional careers.

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