What is Guiding Good Choices?
A FREE five-part workshop (once per week for 5 weeks) for parents or caregivers of children ages 9-14. The program seeks to promote healthy youth development and to prevent teen alcohol, tobacco and other drug use by helping parents gain skills to:
- build family bonds,
- establish and reinforce clear and consistent guidelines and expectations for behavior,
- teach children skills to resist peer influence,
- improve family management practice, and
- reduce family conflict.
Session One – Getting Started
How to Prevent Drug Abuse in Your Family
Session Two – Setting Guidelines
How to Develop Healthy Beliefs and Clear Standards
Session Three – Avoiding Trouble
How to Say No (Children attend this session with their parents.)
Session Four – Managing Conflict
How to Control and Express Anger
Session Five – Involving Everyone
How to Strengthen Family Bonds
GGC is based on research and has been PROVEN to:
- Improve parenting skills and parent-child interactions.
- Reduce adolescent substance abuse.
- Reduce adolescent depressive symptoms.
- Reduce rates of self-harm by teens.
In high quality research studies, children of participants had:
- 40% lower rates of alcohol and marijuana use,
- 54% less progression to more serious substance abuse,
- 26% greater likelihood of remaining drug free if not already using drugs,
- 38% lower rates of self-harm,
- 28% fewer feelings of worthlessness.
Includes a FREE light dinner for the family and FREE onsite childcare! All materials are provided at no cost to participants.
- The workshop series is only a five night commitment
- Series are offered on several different days of the week.
- Series are offered at different times of the day.
- Series are available throughout the school year.
- Series are offered in all five towns.
We will be offering the next Guiding Good Choices session beginning on Thursday, October 24th and going through October 21. Registration packets are due in our offices by October 14. Call (207) 236-9800 for more info.
Here’s what parents in our community are saying about Guiding Good Choices:
"…the best thing about the course was getting together with other parents going through this challenging period with their kids. The whole issue feels a little more manageable now. I strongly encourage all parents to give this a try. It is well worth the committment of time for both parents and children."