How do recovery programs and substance abuse professionals provide teens with an emotional foundation and prepare them to adapt to life outside? In fact, how do you keep their attention long enough to teach them anything? C2 [Character Challenge], using today’s movies and the latest psychological research, may help.
Most teens who abuse don’t respond well to character education. It seems to remind them of their failure. We targeted them in designing the material, looking for ways to motivate them using:
Movie clips that capture teen hearts and attention
Interactive, strengths-based presentations
Provocative and engaging journal questions
Peer challenge and reinforcement through discussion
Easy instructions that allow minimal instructor training or student supervision
Three formats for exceptional flexibility
A Positive Behavioral Approach [PBA] and a graduated level system
C2 may be used in most clinical and non-clinical juvenile justice settings, enhancing and complimenting behavior modification, Life Skills, Values Clarification, etc. In C2 groups, youth respond well to the material and connect positively with one another. Their attitudes change as they realize they can gain a foundation for a healthy, happy life.
After the 24th session, one girl said, “Do we have to stop?” In her first semester after the group, her grades went from C’s and D’s with an F in Math to A’s and B’s with an A in Math. She also changed her entire group of friends to a healthier crowd.
A problem with character education programs is they are often preparation-intensive. One juvenile professional said, “We want something that we can pick up and, with an hour of preparation, teach effectively.” C2 makes this possible, defines “user-friendly” in character education, and may be presented by any trained professional.
Character training brings immediate as well as long-term results. Stacey Mequet, RSW, director of an adjudicated diversion center in Louisiana, told of a 15-year old sentenced to their 6-month program for drug use. He went through an 8-week format of C2 that Stacey says, “...addressed the virtues that this young man needed to avoid [re-offense]. As of this date, he has remained drug-free and out of trouble.”
A juvenile Unit Manager, says, “Real change usually comes as the result of a significant emotional event. The movies in C2 do that.” The toughest job of juvenile professionals is to help transform kids so they can live a healthy life in the real world. C2 is a tool to get this job done. Please let us know how we may help you.