Community and School Based Prevention Programs

INDIVIDUAL RESPONSE TO ALCOHOL AND DRUG RELATED CONCERNS
The Community and School Based Prevention Program does not provide individual counselling for youth but may facilitate connecting youth and their families with Substance Use Services for counselling. 

POSSE
POSSE is a gender specific process group for young people where the participants decide what to talk about, with two trained adults who facilitate the group and the conversation in order to explore the underlying emotional themes. The group, which has been in existence since 1995 through SHARE Family and Community Services, is founded on the perspective that experiences of connection, belonging and social justice are critical to psychological health.
 
POSSE aims to create community in a group context, within which youth are better able to establish, discern and create safe communities of their own.  In such a community, youth are able to increase their repertoire of coping skills, enhance critical thinking skills, see themselves as experts on their own lives and strengthen the natural helping networks within their peer group, family and school.  Human connection in a safe respectful environment is a potent antidote against unsafe risk taking behaviour.
 
Call Alison at 604-936-7205 ext. 168 or Karen at 604-941-6053 ext. 255 for more information about POSSE!

DRUG AND ALCOHOL EDUCATION GROUPS
Purpose: These groups were created as a way to respond to school specific issues addressing drug and alcohol education/prevention. For example: suspension of a group of youth due to drug and alcohol related incidences; concerns with a specific group of youth and their use/experimentation with drugs and alcohol; etc. Generally these groups take place over a specific time frame and are a combination of education/prevention exercises and worksheets for reflection and skill building combined with group conversation and discussion for reflection and potential goal setting. 
 
Call Alison at 604-936-7205 ext. 168 or Karen at 604-941-6053 ext. 255 for more information about Drug and Alcohol Education Groups in your area. 
 
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SD43 ASSETS (ALTERNATIVE-TO-SUSPENSION SELF EVALUATION TOOLS FOR SUBSTANCE USE)
Purpose: This program was piloted in February 2009 as a means to address to drug and alcohol related school suspensions. The program involves prevention education exercises and worksheets for reflection and skill building combined with group conversation and potential goal setting. 
 
Call Alison at 604-936-7205 ext. 168 or Karen at 604-941-6053 ext. 255 for more information about the SD 43 ASSETS Program.

GRADE EIGHT CHOICES AND VALUES PRESENTATIONS
Purpose:The Grade Eight Alcohol and Drug Choices and Values Presentation is a three part presentation package consisting of two interactive and engaging classroom presentations for students and one evening presentation for parents/caregivers and school personnel. It is aimed at grade eight students as this is a transition year between middle school and high school. The classroom presentation for students looks at alcohol and drug facts as well as myths; risk taking behaviour; choices and values around alcohol and drugs; refusal skills and opportunities for students to ask questions. 
 
Call Alison at 604-936-7205 ext. 168 or Karen at 604-941-6053 ext. 255 for more information about the Grade 8 Choices and Values Presentations in SD 43 schools.

PARENT PRESENTATIONS
Purpose: The Community and School Based Prevention Program is available to parent groups, both through the schools or through community based organizations, to provide alcohol and drug prevention/education presentations and support. 
 
Call Alison at 604-936-7205 ext. 168 or Karen at 604-941-6053 ext. 255 for more information about Parent Presentations in the Tri Cities.

COMMUNITY EVENTS
The Community and School Based Team sit on a variety of community committees that are working towards reducing the prevalence and incidence of substance misuse and associated harms for youth in the Tri-Cities.
 
COMMUNITY COMMITTEES:         
Tri-Cities Drug Awareness Task Force
SHARE Youth Committee
Tri-Cities Youth Committee
                                                    
COMMUNITY EVENTS:                
National Addictions Awareness Week                                                         
 
For more information on Community Events please call Alison at 604-936-7205 ext. 168 or Karen at 604-941-6053 ext. 255

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