Prevention specialists provide support groups, programs, and classes in an effort to strengthen individuals and families, as well as make children resistant to substance use. Prevention programs may be provided in the home, school, churches, or other locations in Genesee County. Curriculums are selected from evidenced-based programs. For more information, call 810-232-9950.
Second Step – (Flyer Here) This is an 8-10 week program for children ages 5-12 years. Topics include empathy, impulse control, problem solving as well as effective communication and conflict resolution.
Mr. Gaines Gardening PLUS Program – This is a community-based mentoring program for at-risk adolescents. Participants learn job skills through classroom instruction, marketing and growing produce, as well as selling their harvest at the Flint Farmer’s Market.
System Training for Effective Parenting (S.T.E.P.) – (Flyer Here) This seven week program is designed to help parents understand misbehaviors, build self esteem, develop communication skills, as well as to learn safe and effective discipline techniques.
Parenting Young Children – For parents of children ages newborn to five years.
P.E.A.R.L.S – (Flyer Here)PEARLS is a no-cost series of group edu-cation classes for older adults. Topics ad-dressed are issues of depression, healthy aging and life changes, emotional and physical health and problem solving. Indi-viduals will learn how to re-establish healthy routines, increase positive experiences, and make changes to lead a more active and rewarding life.
The Nurturing Father’s Program- (Flyer Here) Throughout history fathers have been considered a valuable and im-portant part of both a child’s and a family’s life. Recent research overwhelmingly supports the benefits that accrue to children and families through positive father involvement. Children and families greatly benefit from the presence and participation of a nurturing father.
Families and Schools Together (F.A.S.T.) – (Flyer Here) This eight week prevention program works collaboratively with schools and families, targeting elementary students experiencing behavior problems. Through family games and activities, the program helps parents become more involved with their child, develops family communication, and builds a support system between parents. Students and families are also educated on the negative effects of alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use.
Kinship Caregivers – This prevention program offers guidance, training, support, and case management, as well as respite care and support groups to persons raising a relative’s minor child.
Survivors of Suicide – This group meets twice a month to offer help, support, and understanding in a caring, non-judgmental atmosphere for those who have lost a loved on to suicide.
Anger Management Education – This program is designed for adults and adolescents who experience problems due to anger issues. Topics will include identifying anger cues and triggers, family history of anger, anger and substance use, as well as developing healthy coping skills. Groups are offered for both adolescents and adults.
Substance Use Education Program – (Flyer Here) A program designed for teens, or parents of teens. Participants will learn about drugs, how they affect the body, and the effects of drug use on relationships.