Student Assistance Program (SAP) Services for Youth
We partner with schools, families, communities and other organizations to provide customizable prevention programs for drugs, alcohol and nicotine.
Preparing Youth to Thrive
Today’s youth face many challenges. More often than not, they need help when it comes to finding and taking the right path. In response, we’ve developed several programs to help students reach their potential and equip them with the knowledge and skills they need to overcome life’s obstacles in a healthy, substance-free way. Programs and services can be offered in person or through virtual platforms.
Caron SAP provides behavioral health assessments for students in grades five through twelve. During one-on-one meetings, Caron SAP Specialists interview students to identify substance use related problems, mental health issues, and other factors that could negatively affect a young person’s life. Upon completing the comprehensive assessment, specialists make recommendations and help students implement them.
Recommendations are confidential and will only be shared with the guardian of the student and the school’s SAP Core Team. Participation is voluntary. Parents have the right to choose whether their children will participate.
Parents who want to request an Assessment for their child can complete an online form or call 800-678-2332 ext. 6117.
Teen Intervene is a time-efficient, evidence-based program for teenagers (ages 12-19) suspected of having mild to moderate problems with alcohol or substance abuse. Usually recommended as a result of an SAP assessment, Teen Intervene involves two to three individual sessions designed to educate teens on their current behaviors and motivate them to pursue positive change.
The Teen Intervene Program integrates stages of change theory, motivational interviewing, and cognitive behavioral therapy to help teens reduce, and ultimately eliminate, chemical use. Teen Intervene teaches teenagers how to:
- Understand reasons for alcohol or drug involvement.
- Learn new skills that promote healthier behaviors.
- Increase willingness to change behavior related to alcohol or other drug use.
- Take responsibility for self-change.
Marijuana Brief Intervention
Marijuana Brief Intervention is an evidence-based program that provides information known to help people manage, reduce, or stop their marijuana use. Marijuana Brief Intervention works with adolescents to address their marijuana use and enact change through four 45-60 minute individual or small group sessions. This program can also help to screen for marijuana addiction severity, whether mild, moderate or severe. The program is designed to help people think, plan, and act to reduce or abstain from marijuana use.
Get your teen involved.
If you think your child or student could benefit from our Teen Intervene or Marijuana Brief Intervention programs, please call 800-678-2332 ext. 6117 or complete an online form that will be submitted to the Caron SAP. Together, we’ll arrange an assessment and help you determine the appropriate next steps.
Prevention Curriculums & Educational Programs
PATHS (Promoting Alternative Thinking Strategies) Program
The PATHS® Program teaches children how to change behaviors and attitudes that contribute to violence and bullying, how to express and control their emotions, and how to develop effective conflict-resolution strategies.
Substance Use Facts
This highly interactive, 45- 60 minute presentation covers the latest research on use, abuse, and dependence of drugs of concern. This presentation is customized to include topics individual communities and schools are facing.
Nicotine: The CLEAR Facts
In this program, students will learn about the health impact of using nicotine delivery devices such as cigarettes, cigars, smokeless tobacco and electronic products.
The Continuum of Chemical Dependency
This classroom presentation educates students on the potential consequences of drug and alcohol use and how, for some, the decision to use can progress to addiction.
Psycho-Educational Support Groups
Caron’s SAP offers a wide variety of skill-building groups to help students learn to cope effectively with many common barriers to their success. Our programs allow students to gain strength and understanding in a confidential setting from peers who share their struggles while also educating them with the tools necessary to thrive despite their challenges. Groups typically run one class period per week for 8-10 sessions and are facilitated by a trained Student Assistance Program Specialist from Caron.
Group topics include but are not limited to: anger management, changing families, grief and loss, drug and alcohol insight, drug and alcohol intervention, recovery care support, marijuana intervention, teen issues, resiliency skills and stress management. Below are two of our signature support groups.