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Drug Court and Diversion

Drug court and diversion resources are available for adults and juvenile, with some materials available in Spanish.

Core Program

Workbooks address the most common risk factors and issues, and can be supplemented by selected substance abuse curriculum, gang intervention and prevention curriculum, anger/violence resources, and life skills materials.

  • "What's going on in my life?" Introductory workbook helps identify feelings, issues, and risk factors, reducing resistance, and beginning the process of personal awareness and change. Based on motivational enhancement (MET model).
  • You have options! Risk factors-based workbook for high risk youth in gang intervention and prevention curriculum-based programs. Clients identify problem situations and practice options to substance abuse or violence. Action planning and asset-building activities support community program.
  • Coping skills for emergencies. Participants learn to identify their own highest risk situations, the cues that they are becoming at higher risk, what they will do to cope effectively, and then practice these new coping skills until they are confident they will work. Included in these skills are thought stopping, conflict avoidance and "escape" skills, and a comprehensive set of "refusal skills."
  • Letís talk about feelings. Specific feelings (anger, anxiety or fear, low-self-esteem/shame, hurt, and loneliness) are addressed in activities which help young clients identify and experience feelings safely.
  • Gangs. Short gang intervention and prevention curriculum workbook helps youth identify gang issues and options to participation. (extended program available)
  • Violence at home. Short workbook helps clients understand family violence and itsí consequences. Helps clients identify safe choices and available options.
  • Problems at home. This short workbook is designed to help clients start to discuss family issues (neglect, abuse, abandonment, or addictions) with program staff.
  • Avoiding trouble (when you are with others). Peer pressure and poor choices often lead to trouble. Being in the wrong place at the wrong time, with the wrong people, is a common explanation for failure. This workbook identifies common problems and solutions, and provides twenty typical situations for practice of effective coping skills.
  • Problem Solving 1-2-3. Using basic problem solving model, presents 54 community problem situations for practice.
  • Key elements of change. This workbook provides a comprehensive overview of personal change from substance abuse. It includes elements of motivational enhancement therapy (MET) and cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), as well as analysis of risk factors, the development of key coping and refusal skills, and the development of a safety net. To build increased self-efficacy, it can be supplemented by selected workbooks from the RH series (i.e. RH11, 12, 13, 17, 21, 22, 23,or 24). Also suitable for review and aftercare programs.

Diversion Program Resources

With programming options available for adults and juveniles, our diversion program workbooks guide in understanding and addressing specific risk and protective factors for alcohol and other substance abuse, violence, gang involvement, and related issues.

Part 1: Substance abuse core program

26 hours of programming.

Introduction to chemical dependency program (ICD) 1
Introduction to self-discovery (SD1m) 1
Reasons to change (SD6) 5
Understanding your behavior (SD5m) 5
Self-awareness: examining your pattern or cycle (SA2m) 4
Coping skills for emergencies (CS2) 7
Let's talk about feelings (F12) 3

Part 2: Relapse prevention program

28 hours of programming.

If you "lapse" (RH5) 4
Making positive steps to take control of your life (RH6) 5
Avoiding the negative (RH7) 4
Handling difficult situations (RH8) 4
Problems with authority (RH9) 5
Managing your risk factors (CS8m) 3
Self-efficacy and problem solving (RH24) 3

Substance Abuse

See our substance abuse section for more information.

  • Introduction to chemical dependency program (ICD) — Introduction to treatment, reducing resistance, and identifying underlying areas of vulnerability. Starts the process of identifying and addressing substance abuse and similar dependencies. 1 hours
  • Introduction to self-discovery (SD1m) — 1 hours
  • Reasons to change (SD6) — Addresses denial, resistance, other defenses. Raises awareness of consequences of own behavior for self and others (including criminal thinking and victim empathy). Builds motivation to make personal changes. 4 hours
  • Understanding your dependencies (SD5m) — "Understanding your behavior" Examines addictions and multiple addictions and explains chronic nature of dependencies. Addresses denial issues and helps clients focus their recovery. 3 hours
  • What's Going On In My Life? (SD11) — Introductory workbook helps identify feelings, issues, and risk factors, reducing resistance, and beginning the process of personal awareness and change. Based on motivational enhancement (MET model). 5 hours
  • Key elements of change (SD12) — This workbook provides a comprehensive overview of personal change from substance abuse. It includes elements of motivational enhancement therapy (MET) and cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), as well as analysis of risk factors, the development of key coping and refusal skills, and the development of a safety net. To build increased self-efficacy, it can be supplemented by selected workbooks from the RH series (i.e. RH11, 12, 13, 17, 21, 22, 23,or 24). Also suitable for review and aftercare programs. 12 hours
  • Self-awareness: examining your pattern or cycle (SA2m) — Guides clients to examine past use and stages in personal relapse "cycle." Clients identify vulnerabilities, specific triggers to past difficulties, and "stinking thinking" (about self, about other people, not being realistic, negative thinking about the future, etc.). Clients describe how feelings of discomfort have been dealt with, how isolation may have been a contributing factor in past difficulties, typical patterns of "build up" toward relapse, the need for control of uncomfortable feelings, and steps taken in the past to achieve that feeling of control, and how they began to plan or "set themselves up" for relapse. Additionally, clients describe the specific temptations experienced in various categories, his/her most common harmful behaviors or dependencies, his/her thinking, feelings, and behavior after relapse, and issues resulting from relapse. 4 hours
  • Dealing with people in new ways (RH2m) — Helps participants identify what they can do differently if the "old ways" didnít work, including temptations and issues with family, friends, and community which may cause problems. A set of situation cards for group discussion is provided. 5 hours
  • You have options! (DP1) — Risk factors-based workbook for high risk youth. Clients identify problem situations and practice options to substance abuse or violence. Action planning activities support diversion program. 5 hours
  • Coping skills for emergencies (DP2) — Clients learn to identify their own highest risk situations, the cues that they are becoming at higher risk, what they will do to cope effectively, and then practice these new coping skills until they are confident they will work. Included in these skills are thought stopping, conflict avoidance and "escape" skills), and a comprehensive set of "refusal skills." 7 hours
  • Let's talk about feelings (DP3) — Specific feelings (anger, anxiety or fear, low-self-esteem/shame, hurt, and loneliness) are addressed in activities which help clients identify and experience feelings safely. 3 hours
  • Gangs (DP4) and Avoiding trouble when you are with others (RH10) — DP4 is ahort workbook helps client identify gang issues and options to participation. RH10 addresses the effects of peer pressure by asking clients to identify specific situations in which they have been influenced by their peers to engage in problem behaviors. In addition, it addresses the common problems associated with "just being there" when problems occur. The workbook guides the client to identify specific steps to take to avoid common problem situations (22 situation cards provided). 3 hours
  • Violence at home (DP5) — Short workbook helps clients understand family violence and its consequences. Helps clients identify safe choices and available options. 3 hours
  • Problems at home (DP6) — This short workbook is designed to help clients start to discuss family issues (neglect, abuse, abandonment, or addictions) with program staff. 3 hours

Relapse Intervention

Selected materials include:

  • If you "lapse" (RH5) — this workbook addresses the issues of "lapses" and "relapse" and helps to prepare participants to handle high risk situations by knowing common problems and having confidence in their ability to cope more effectively. A "slip," or having fantasies of use, does not need to lead to a "fall." This workbook provides tools for addressing common slips and reviews two critical coping skills. A set of situation cards for group discussion is provided. 4 hours
  • Making positive steps to take control of your life (RH6) — develops a detailed plan for the development of a personal "safety net" and recovery activities. It guides the process of identification and selection of friends and community resources. Additionally, it identifies and addresses the high risk factors these people will need to know in order to help. 5 hours
  • Avoiding the negative (RH7) — this workbook provides specific help in maintaining recovery through developing a plan to identify and avoid the highest risks. It is based on the concept of using "environmental controls" to avoid the people, places, things, and situations which pose the greatest threat to recovery. It provides participants and program staff with the tools to help address specific vulnerabilities. 4 hours
  • Handling difficult situations (RH8) — this workbook will help participants identify - and develop solutions for - common difficult situations. Exercises identify specific concerns, and a set of situation cards of commonly-encountered problems is provided for group discussion. Problem areas can be used as discussion and learning points to help individuals develop confidence that they can handle these situations appropriately when they face them again. 4 hours
  • Problems with authority (RH9) — this workbook addresses issues involved in dealing with authority figures and helps participants understand the nature of their anger, hurt, and resentment - and the ways in which they may create more problems for themselves. It offers specific suggestions for dealing with potential conflicts with authority figures, and a template for evaluating responses to typical situations. Situation cards provide opportunities for modeling appropriate responses. 4hours
  • Managing your risk factors (CS8m) — identification of personal highest risk factors with specific coping skills to be used and demonstration of competence (self-efficacy) in addressing risks for relapse. 3 hours

Domestic Violence — For Girls and Young Women

Three workbooks written to address domestic abuse for young women: Family violence #1: increasing personal awarenessFamily violence #2: becoming less vulnerable to family violenceFamily violence #3: your safety is your business [more]

Delinquency Program

Additionally, our Delinquency Program workbooks were originally created for use in diversion programs.

Life at Home

Thirteen highly-interactive workbooks for relapse prevention, risk factors management, or aftercare. Includes role playing activities, confidence building for recovery ("self-efficacy"), and detailed planning. 65 hours, shorter packages available.

Managing Your Anger

Over 30 workbooks, 53 one-hour lessons with helpful lesson plans, skill-building checklists, client worksheets, skill modeling activities, and Motivational Interviewing (MI) toolkits. Addresses roots of anger, basic anger/violence management and communication skills.

Handling the Tough Times

24 one-hour lessons with detailed lesson plans, client worksheets, coping skills modeling and practice. Supports relapse prevention planning and self-efficacy. 24 hours program.

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