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PIP Education Programs

Partners in Prevention educates members of Hudson County on topics pertaining to the overall health of the community. Our prevention educational programs touch the lives of individuals on all levels.

img_0294 Our program’s participants start as young as the age of 4, with our Prehistoric Pal’s puppet program which consists of 6 half-hour lessons designed for Pre K-Kindergarten students. The Pre-Pals program aims to demonstrate to students that unacceptable behaviors, like violence and victimization, can be replaced by cooperation, concern and civility.

Following our Prehistoric pals program, we offer the Footprints for Life curriculum for our 2nd and 3rd grade population. The goal of Footprints for Life is to help young children build a strong foundation of life skills rooted in key social competencies. Footprints addresses planning and decision-making, interpersonal skills, cultural competence, peer pressure, and peaceful conflict resolution-assets which promote positive attitudes and behaviors.

Programs for middle school students include Botvin Life Skills (LST), Keys to Inner Visions (KIV) and We Are Not Buying It 2.0. (WNBI). Towards No Drug Abuse (Project TND) targets high school youth, ages 14 to 19.

Partners in Prevention also knows that caregivers are a critical force in guiding the lives of their children. The Strengthening Families Program (SPF) is an evidence-based prevention program for parents and children in higher risk families. We also offer a Military Nights version of SFP. This program is specifically designed to recruit and train families of returning veterans.

As we advance in age, we experience different needs. For the senior population we offer the Wellness Initiative for Senior Education Program (WISE). The WISE program is a wellness and prevention program designed to help celebrate healthy aging, make wholesome lifestyle choices and avoid substance abuse. It provides valuable educational services on topics such as nutrition, exercise, medication use, stress management, depression and substance abuse.

 

Youth Classes

K-4

 

Prehistoric Pals

prehistoric_palspicPrehistoric Pals is an anger management and conflict resolution program for grades Pre-K and Kindergarten, designed to provide your children with the necessary skills to express and deal successfully with feelings of anger and rage. The Prehistoric Pals curriculum consists of six forty minute lessons. Throughout the course, eight prehistoric themed puppet stories offer the children practical and easy to understand alternatives to bullying and violence. As the children start to identify with the characters, they are happy to see their new friends finding peaceful solutions to everyday problems. At the conclusion of each story, the students are encouraged to participate in a related activity designed to reinforce the values presented.

To learn more about the program you can visit www.bettermebooks.com/Pals.htm

For information about bringing the program to your school contact Maria Rivera @ 201-552-2264 Ext. 15 or M.Rivera@partners-in-prevention.com.

Forest Friends

Forest Friends is a puppet-based primary prevention program designed to help children in first and second grade learn skills in conflict resolution, decision-making and anger management. Like the trees in the forest, children need strong roots to grow straight and strong. Forest Friends equips children with the skills to develop strong roots while discovering their inner strength and beauty. Forest Friends is designed to equip children with the coping skills they will need to enable them to grow up resilient to the risks of violence and substance abuse.

Forest Friends:

  • Reaches children while their health related attitudes and beliefs are in the formative stage
  • Increases the interpersonal and developmental skills of children
  • Educates young children in an intriguing and inspirational manner about issues pertinent to their emotional growth
  • Provides children with loveable role models after which they can pattern themselves

Each story featured in the program helps children recognize common reactions to life situations. These youngsters are then given alternative methods to manage anger, disappointment, peer pressure, and confrontational conflicts.

For information about bringing the program to your school contact Maria Rivera at 201-552-2264 Ext. 15 or M.Rivera@partners-in-prevention.com.

 

Footprints for Life

img_0574Footprints for Life™ is a research-based primary prevention program that builds assets and teaches important life skills to students in grades two and three, through the use of puppet stories that feature “real life” situations experienced by a children’s soccer team. The program offers many opportunities for students to practice the new skills they have learned in a fun and non-threatening way through group activities and worksheets.

The goal of Footprints for Life is to help young children build a strong foundation of life skills rooted in key social competencies. The social competencies that Footprints addresses are planning and decision-making practice, interpersonal skills, cultural competence, peer pressure, and peaceful conflict resolution — assets identified as promoting positive attitudes and behaviors.

“The footprints curriculum is wonderful for children at this age group. Ms. Arias did a great job! Thank you for a wonderful program.” – Midtown Community School, Bayonne

To learn more about the program visit www.footprintsforlife.com.

For information about bringing the program to your school contact Maria Rivera @ 201-552-2264 Ext. 15 or M.Rivera@partners-in-prevention.com.

 

Beginning Awareness Basic Education Studies (B.A.B.E.S.)

img_627B.A.B.E.S. is a nationally recognized curriculum that uses animal puppets combined with storytelling to give practical information on the topic of substance abuse prevention and education.

The curriculum includes age-appropriate content that motivates children to interact with the characters and the puppets to comprehend each lesson. Each session runs approximately 35 minutes in grades 1-3. Puppets present real-life scenarios and solutions.

Youngsters learn about life skills from puppets Buttons, Bows, Early Bird, Myth Mary, Donovan Dignity and Recovering Reggie. These furry puppets are part of the B.A.B.E.S. program held once a week for 5 weeks for youngsters ages 6-9 in elementary schools. Children learn about positive life skills, such as self-image, decision-making, peer pressure and coping skills, as well as alcohol and drug information through stories with puppets, songs and activities.

For information about bringing the program to your school contact Maria Rivera @ 201-552-2264 Ext. 15 or M.Rivera@partners-in-prevention.com.

 

Grades 5-12

 

All Stars

pic-1All Stars is a science-based program that makes sense, based on over twenty-five years of research and practical experience. All Stars is interactive, thought-provoking, and fun. All Stars programs reach youth during the years of greatest vulnerability to experimenting with substances, fighting, bullying, and initiating sexual activity. During this period – from the last years of elementary school through high school – young people experience amazing changes.

During adolescence, young people grow and mature. They change from being concrete thinkers to become abstract thinkers and sophisticated social theorists. The transition through adolescence increases social awareness, a desire to fit in, to gain personal identity and social status.

We used our understanding of what adolescents experience and how these experiences change lives to create All Stars. All Stars programs match the social and cognitive development of students. Our approach is effective because it deals with the root causes of behavior. All Stars targets things that matter using strategies that engage and inspire students.

All Stars Core Ultra Lite is for middle school youth (ages 11 through 14). The program consists of 6 sessions that can be implemented as often as twice a week or less frequently if desired.

To learn more about the program you can visit http://www.allstarsprevention.com/

For information about bringing the program to your school contact Maria Rivera @ 201-552-2264 Ext. 15 or M.Rivera@partners-in-prevention.com.

 

Keys to InnerVisions

Keys to InnerVisions (KIV) is an integrated character development curriculum that focuses on cognitive restructuring, chemical dependency, self-concept, and goal achievement. KIV’s approach is cognitive-behavioral, skill-oriented, multi-modal and family-oriented. Program developers describe KIV as an educational curriculum about change, specifically changing the beliefs and behaviors that lead to violence, drug abuse/dependence, school and social failure, and criminal behavior. The program aims to help young people experience hope and a sense of personal power that they can create alternatives to self-destructive behaviors. First implemented in 1990, KIV has been used by juvenile justice systems and schools in Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Kentucky, Idaho, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Oregon, New Jersey, Texas, Virginia, and Washington.

img_0530-960x364Note: In addition to the adolescent curriculum, there is also the ‘Possibility Parenting’ program for biological parents, caretakers, foster parents, and any other person in a position to influence the thinking of children and youth (e.g., extended family, teen parents, institutional staff). The goal of Possibility Parenting is to reduce risk factors — family violence, child abuse, unemployment, substance abuse, teen pregnancy, and school dropout — by improving the ability of caretakers to raise children who have high self-esteem, an internal locus of control, and emotional balance. The parent curriculum encourages participants to examine these issues in their own lives and to discover ways to promote these qualities in their adolescent children.

For information about bringing the program to your school contact Maria Rivera at 201-552-2264 Ext. 15 or M.rivera@partners-in-prevention.com.

 

Botvin Life Skills

botivinBotvin LifeSkills Training (LST) is a research-validated substance abuse prevention program proven to reduce the risks of alcohol, tobacco, drug abuse, and violence by targeting the major social and psychological factors that promote the initiation of substance use and other risky behaviors. This comprehensive and exciting program provides adolescents and young teens with the confidence and skills necessary to successfully handle challenging situations.

Botvin LifeSkills Training is designed for:

  • Elementary school students
  • Middle/junior high school students
  • High school students

Developed by Dr. Gilbert J. Botvin, a leading prevention expert, Botvin LifeSkills Training is backed by over 30 scientific studies and is recognized as a Model or Exemplary program by an array of governmental agencies including the U.S. Department of Education and the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention.

Rather than merely teaching information about the dangers of drug abuse, Botvin Lifeskills Training promotes healthy alternatives to risky behavior through activities designed to:

  • Teach students the necessary skills to resist social (peer) pressures to smoke, drink, and use drugs
  • Help students to develop greater self-esteem and self-confidence
  • Enable students to effectively cope with anxiety
  • Increase their knowledge of the immediate consequences of substance abuse
  • Enhance cognitive and behavioral competency to reduce and prevent a variety of health risk behaviors

To learn more about the program visit .

For more information about bringing the program to your school contact Maria Rivera at 201-552-2264 Ext. 15 or M.Rivera@partners-in-prevention.com.

 

Project Towards No Drug Abuse

20160204_141458Project Towards No Drug Abuse (TND) is a research-based, effective, interactive classroom-based substance abuse prevention program that is based on more than two decades of successful research at the University of Southern California.

Project TND targets high school youth, ages 14 to 19 and focuses on building three factors that predict tobacco, alcohol, and other drug use, violence-related behaviors, and other problem behaviors among youth, namely:

  • Motivation factors (i.e., students’ attitudes, beliefs, expectations, and desires regarding drug use).
  • Skills (social, self-control, and coping skills).
  • Decision-making (i.e., how to make decisions that lead to health-promoting behaviors).

The project includes 12 classroom-based sessions, each of which is 40 to 50 minutes in length. The program was designed for implementation over a four-week period (i.e., 3 sessions per week). However, if you need to spread it out, you could implement it twice a week over a six-week period on the condition that all lessons are taught.

“This program has been a blessing to my family and me. It gave me something to look forward to every week. My family and I have been so distraught with the death of my husband. This program gave the opportunity to experience the fact that I was not in this alone. Many others shared my experience of becoming a single parent in the blink of an eye. It has been truly comforting to be here and receive the support I received. I cannot thank you enough”. – Colin Powel Elementary School, Union City

To learn more about the program visit http://tnd.usc.edu

For information about bringing the program to your school contact Maria Rivera at 201-552-2264 Ext. 15 or M.Rivera@partners-in-prevention.com.

 

Families & Seniors
Strengthening Families

img_5011The Strengthening Families Program is an evidence-based prevention program for parents and children in higher risk families. SFP consists of parenting skills, children’s life skills, and family skills training courses taught together in 2-hours group sessions preceded by a meal that includes informal family practice time and group leader coaching. SFP is available in a 7-week and 14-week format (one session per week) for parents with children ages 3-5, 6-11 and 12-16.

The parenting sessions review appropriate developmental expectations and encourages:

  • Positive interaction with children (such as showing enthusiasm and attention for good behavior and letting the child take the lead in play activities)
  • Increasing attention and praise for positive behaviors
  • Positive family communication including active listening and reducing criticism and sarcasm
  • Family meetings to improve order and organization
  • Effective and consistent discipline including consequences and time-outs

The children’s skills training content focuses on:

  • communication skills to improve parents, peers, and teacher relationships
  • resilience skills
  • problems solving
  • peer resistance
  • feeling identification
  • anger management and coping skills

The family practice sessions allow the parents and children time to practice what they learned in their individual sessions in experiential exercises. This is also a time for the four group leaders to coach and encourage family members for improvements in parent/child interactions.

To learn more about the program visit www.strengtheningfamiliesprogram.org.

For more information about bringing this program to your community contact Maria Rivera at 201-552-2264 Ext. 15 or M.Rivera@partners-in-prevention.com.

 

Strengthening Military Families

Our Military Family Night Program is designed for families of returning veterans. The curriculum was derived from the Strengthening Families Program (SFP) which is an evidence-based prevention program for parents and children in higher risk families. SFP consists of parenting skills, children’s life skills, and family skills training courses taught together in 2-hours group sessions preceded by a meal that includes informal family practice time and group leader coaching. The Military Nights version of SFP is specifically designed to recruit and retain families of returning veterans. Although, the structure of the program is the essentially the same, the families experience differs from the non-veteran families.

 

Wellness Initiative for Senior Education (WISE)

dscn3120The WISE Program is a wellness and prevention program targeting older adults, which is designed to help them celebrate healthy aging, make healthy lifestyle choices and avoid substance abuse. It provides valuable educational services to older adults on topics including nutrition and exercise, medication use, stress management, depression and substance abuse.

Created by NJPN and implemented locally by our member agencies, WISE promotes health through education concerning high-risk behaviors in older adults. Since the program was launched in 1996, prevention programs presented by WISE Volunteers have reached over 40,000 individuals.

The WISE Program was awarded a 2009 National Exemplary Award for Innovative Substance Abuse Prevention Programs, Practices, and Policies by The National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors (NASADAD). The award was presented to NJPN at the 2009 National Prevention Network Research Conference in Anaheim, California.

The curriculum has also recently been accepted for review by SAMHSA’s National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP).

“ Learning about how the body works as we grow older and the fellowship with the people here was so sweet. The teacher was very good.” – Curries Woods Senior Center, Jersey City

To learn more about the program visit www.njpn.org.

For information about bringing the program to your community contact Maria Rivera at 201-552-2264 Ext. 15 or M.Rivera@Partners-in-prevention.com.

 

Custom Parent Workshops

Our custom parent workshops are designed to educate parents on how to keep alcohol and other drugs out of the hands of their youth. The workshops are part of the opening topics that are discussed at the school’s monthly parent breakfast. Surveys are given to parents at the end of each presentation to keep the subsequent workshops fresh and up to date.

Professional Training

Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor Classes

Substance abuse counselors help individuals recover from addiction by providing treatment, support and motivation along their journey toward sobriety. Partners in Prevention provides free training for individuals interested in becoming a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) who work in licensed substance abuse or mental health treatment facilities. Partners in Prevention provides a series of 12 workshops designed for substance abuse professionals in the community. The Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselors (CADC) will use these courses to supplement their ongoing training and recertification purposes. Topics include but not limited to: introduction to counseling, drug identification, addiction recover and family psychological education, legal aspects, dimensions of recovery, New Jersey Mental Health Services, community resources, compulsive gambling, and networking.

 

Custom Workshops

Our custom workshops are designed to educate many age groups throughout the community. The topics discussed are centered on the dangers of underage drinking and other drugs. Our most popular program is called Fatal Vision. The Fatal Vision program enables students to experience the effects of alcohol hands on. Fatal Vision® Goggles use special lens technology that allows the wearer to experience a realistic simulation of impairment. Along with the fatal vision goggles we tailor our programs to fit the needs of a particular school or community center. Topics include, but are not limited to, Synthetic Marijuana, Tobacco Cessation, Texting and Driving, Alcohol Misuse and Abuse.

ac138072lFatal Vision Goggles

Fatal Vision® Impairment Goggles are an internationally popular evidenced-based prevention tool used to educate people of all ages about the consequences of alcohol misuse and abuse. Fatal Vision® Goggles use special lens technology that allows the wearer to experience a realistic simulation of impairment. Fatal Vision® Goggles simulate six distinct impairment levels and are available in a clear or shaded version to simulate either daytime or nighttime conditions. A popular activity to conduct with Fatal Vision® is to perform Standard Field Sobriety Tests such as walking a straight line heal-to-toe or the one-legged stand. Due to the loss of balance and equilibrium produced by the goggles, the wearer will exhibit behaviors that are similar to that of someone under the influence of alcohol and other drugs.

Fatal Vision® Benefits:

  • Engaging and hands-on
  • Promotes a clear prevention and awareness lesson
  • Simple to use
  • Easily implemented into existing awareness and prevention programs
  • Provides an experience that people will remember

To learn more about the program visit www.fatalvision.com.

For more information about bringing the program to your school contact Maria Rivera at 201-552-2264 Ext. 15 or M.Rivera@partners-in-prevention.com.