Project CONNECT® is a wonderful opportunity to enhance current health and safety efforts for students at your school. The following are some frequently asked questions that can help you understand how Project CONNECT® could be implemented in your school.
Who can participate? Project CONNECT® is for any student who uses nicotine products and would like to learn some skills and strategies to help her or him change. It can also be used as a mandatory program for students who have violated nicotine policy.
Number of participants: Minimum of 5, maximum of 12; ideal size, 8
Number of sessions: Eight sessions recommended
Time required: Recommended 45-minute to 1-hour sessions
Resources required: Audiovisual equipment needed for one session only. Facilitator will request in advance.
Program location: Room that will comfortably accommodate participants
When is the group offered? Depending on your needs, group sessions could be held during lunches, after school, or on a rotating basis during school/site hours so students do not miss the same class more than once.
How are the students recruited? Recruitment methods may include setting up an information table in a common area or speaking about the program in a classroom or group setting. Staff and administrative referrals is also an ideal way to get students involved in the program.
Who will run the sessions? A Project CONNECT® facilitator trained to implement the program curriculum will lead the sessions.
Who will provide materials? The program facilitator will supply all program materials.
Follow-up: Booster sessions are recommended 1 month, 3 months, 6 months and 1 year after completion of the program.
What topics does the group cover? Topics addressed in this program include the cycle of addiction, the effects of nicotine, quitting methods, recovery symptoms, identification of nicotine use triggers, stress management techniques, refusal skills, decision-making and problem-solving skills and healthy lifestyle choices.