Guiding Good Choices is for parents of children in grades
4-8 (generally ages 9-14) who want to strengthen family bonds and reduce the
risk factors associated with teenage drug use. Parents will learn to
manage family conflict in a way that maintains and strengthens bonds with their
Right now, Salt Lake County Youth Services only offers
Guiding Good Choices to the parents of students attending Kearns and Jefferson
Jr. High Schools. This program is offered on site at each of the schools and
includes dinner for the whole family and daycare.
As a prevention program, Guiding Good Choices is an
appropriate intervention for any family of a student who has not yet initiated
substance use. I often talk to parents about the differences between parenting
a toddler and parenting a teenager and that this 5 week workshop can help. It’s
pretty remarkable that 5 meetings can have a significant impact on reducing
substance use and other anti-social behaviors. The benefits of the program have
been demonstrated to last for 10 years with significant reductions in drug use.
Here is an overview of the workshops:
Week 1: Getting Started: How to Prevent Drug Use in Your
FamilyParents learn about the nature and extent of the drug problem among teenagers
and decide for themselves how they want to prevent problems in their own
Week 2: Setting Guidelines: How to Develop Healthy Beliefs
and Clear StandardsParents develop clear family guidelines and expectations for behavior.
Week 3: Avoiding Trouble: How to Say No to DrugsChildren and parents are invited to this session. They learn skills children
can use for staying out of trouble and keeping their friends, while still
Week 4: Managing Conflict: How to Control and Express Your
Anger ConstructivelyParents learn to manage family conflict in a way that maintains and strengthens
bonds with their children.
Week 5: Involving Everyone: How to Strengthen Family BondsParents learn ways to strengthen family bonds and increase children’s
involvement in their family in their teens years. Parents also learn how to
create a parent support network.
Contact: Jillian Hill - 385-468-4528