Child/Adolescent Prevention Services
School Based Prevention: “Too Good for Drugs”
TGFD is an evidence-based curriculum which has been proven to be effective and is listed as a “Model Program” by the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). It is a school-based prevention program designed to reduce risk factors and enhance protective factors related to alcohol, tobacco, and other drug (ATOD) use among students. “Too Good for Drugs” focuses on developing personal and interpersonal skills to resist peer pressures, goal setting, decision making, bonding with others, having respect for self and others, managing emotions, effective communication, and social interactions. The program also provides information about the negative consequences of drug use and the benefits of a nonviolent, drug-free lifestyle. “Too Good for Drugs” has a separate, developmentally-appropriate curriculum for each grade level for Kindergarten through 9th grades. Each ten-lesson curriculum builds on earlier grade levels, an instructional design which enables students to learn important skills sequentially and retain them year after year. The length of each lesson depends on the grade level. Too Good for Drugs is facilitated by RSNWO Prevention Specialists in schools that invite the program in throughout the Four County Area
Adolescent Education: TND – Project Toward No Drug Abuse
This is an ongoing, six week program that utilizes “TND: Project Towards No Drug Abuse”, which is a drug use prevention program. Project Toward No Drug Abuse is an effective drug abuse prevention program that targets senior high school-age youth. It was developed by Steve Sussman, Ph.D. and staff at the Institute for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research, in the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California. The theoretical background for Project TND is motivation-skills-decision-making (MSD) model. At the core of Project TND is a set of in class sessions that provide motivation-skills-decision-making material targeting the use of cigarettes, alcohol, marijuana, hard drugs and violence-related behavior such as weapon carrying. These sessions were developed through an interactive empirical curriculum development process in which sessions concepts, activities, format, and impact were repeatedly evaluated.
The Adolescent Education series rotates between the Napoleon and Bryan office locations. This program is for adolescents who have encountered issues related to substance use in the community or schools. It is primarily for those kids who may only need some education to assist them in making better decisions in the future. If it is determined, either prior to or during the program, that an adolescent may need more help, the referral source will be notified of the recommendation for an assessment with a counselor at Recovery Services of Northwest Ohio. Additionally, if there are concerns of active substance use during the program, an individual may be drug screened.