Designed for trainers, this manual presents 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) and research findings on the effectiveness of the Creating Lasting Connections project, the manual 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. Necessary trainer characteristics are described, as well as strategies for conducting the training. Outlines are then provided for each of the 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. Each session outline includes a list of objectives, training preparation information, trainer notes, and reflective exercises. The manual closes with school-based implementation information.
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