Early Intervention Program for At Risk Youth
Students identified as being “at risk” by educators, parents, or doctors are provided with an opportunity for a private, one time session on the Renaissance Campus with their parent(s)/guardian, a counselor, and peers in recovery. Parents are provided with educational materials, and referrals to treatment services are made as necessary.
What happens at an Early Intervention?
- Students are referred to the program by educators, parents, or doctors
- Referred families should contact the program for an appointment (attendance by at least one parent/guardian is required, evening appointments are available by request)
- Student/parent(s)/counselor discuss the sequence of events that led to the referral and answer questions regarding the student’s use of drugs/alcohol. Student and parent(s) have private sessions with the counselor and with young people in recovery. Everyone comes back together for wrap up/possible referral/plan for the future
- Session lasts between 1-1.5 hours
- Sessions employ brief change focused cognitive behavioral strategies and serve as informal substance use assessments.
- Family leaves with a behavioral plan to encourage the most change possible for the child.
- Components of Teen Intervene, an evidence based program, are utilized throughout the session.
- CRAFFT, an assessment tool specific to adolescents is used.
What is expected of me if I attend an Early Intervention?
- Have a positive attitude and an open mind
- Be honest and upfront with the counselor and the clients
- Follow through with any recommendations that are made by the counselor
- Complete a follow up evaluation via phone 2 months after you attend the program