Through community outreach efforts, professionally trained prevention specialists provide educational support groups and classes. These services may be provided on site, as well as in schools, churches, and other agencies in Shiawassee County. For more information, call 989-723-8239.
Encouraging Positive Behavior – (Flyer Here) A small group education series focusing on empathy training, problem solving, and impulse control as well as behavior management and bullying awareness. Free for pre-school to grade six.
Understanding Anger for Adolescents- (Flyer Here) Adolescents ages 13-17 years can attend this 10-week group to address topics such as anger triggers and aggression, as well as family anger patterns and substance use. In addition, individuals will develop plans to communicate with their teen, discuss family patterns of anger, and to learn about adolescent brain development. The program for adults, ages 18 and older will address anger triggers and aggression, as well as explore history of anger in the family and personal substance use issues. Group members will be expected to develop plans to better manage their anger. This program has groups for both adolescents and adults.
Student Assistance Programs – (Flyer Here) These programs are available to all Shiawassee County students ages 8-14 years. Topics include grief and loss, self esteem, new student support, and children of alcoholics.
Parenting – (Flyer Here) This program has groups for parents of children ages newborn to five, groups for parents of children five to twelve, and groups for parents of children thirteen to eighteen.
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.
Designated Youth Tobacco Use Representative – Efforts through this program mobilize community resources to reduce underage tobacco sales in Shiawassee County. Programs include compliance checks at local tobacco retailers as well as tobacco education for elementary students.
Substance Use Education Program – (Flyer Here) For teens, or parents of teens. Teaches about substances. how they affect the body, and the effects of drug use on relationships.