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County of Santa Clara Invites Members of the Public to Learn About the Seven Challenges Program

Sessions will Help Adults Support Youth to Avoid or Address Substance Abuse
The County of Santa Clara Probation Department, in collaboration with the Juvenile Court, the Department Of Alcohol and Drug Services (DADS) and local providers, is conducting informational sessions about the Seven Challenges Program for parents, teachers, school personnel, service providers and attorneys who work with adolescent youth.
“Seven Challenges” is a nationally recognized program that targets youth at risk or who already are abusing drugs and alcohol and assists them in making behavioral changes. Over two hundred representatives of 11 community based organizations have been trained to implement the program.
Advance registration is NOT required for sessions.
Laura Garnette, Deputy Chief Probation Officer, Santa Clara County Probation Department
Dr. Sue Nelson, Division Director, Department of Alcohol and Drug Services
Rick Barr, Seven Challenges Trainer
June 18, 2013, 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
County of Santa Clara Training Center 2310 N. 1st St, San Jose CA, Rooms TC1 and TC2
Entrance faces Charcot St.
June 20, 2013, 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
San Jose Masonic Center 2500 Masonic Drive, San Jose, CA
The Seven Challenges® Program is designed specifically for adolescents with drug problems, to motivate a decision and commitment to change - and to support success in implementing the desired changes. The Program simultaneously helps young people address their drug problems as well as their co-occurring life skill deficits, situational problems, and psychological problems.
Two years ago, Santa Clara County Probation Department, in conjunction with the Juvenile Court, DADS and local providers, applied for and received a Title II competitive grant through the Corrections Standards Authority, to focus on alternatives to detention for probation violators by implementing evidence-based practices (EBP).  Members of the community who interact with adolescent youth can offer positive support in assisting youth to avoid or address substance abuse and to learn effective ways to deal with problems.
Media Contact: Gwendolyn Mitchell/Marina Hinestrosa, Office of Public Affairs (408) 299-5119; Laura Garnette, Probation Department (408) 278-5900; Dr. Sue Nelson, Department of Alcohol and Drugs (408) 272-6555
Posted: June 4, 2013