ERIC Number: ED284142
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-May
Reference Count: 0
Intervention Strategies with Adolescents: The Newton Model.
The problem of adolescent drug/alcohol abuse seems to have once again intensified during the 1980s. When the school is the only constant in an adolescent's life and when those same teenagers bring drugs and alcohol-related problems to school, the school has an obligation to implement change. The first step is identification of the problem. Beyond this, support and training involves understanding the concept that we are all powerless to solve the problem. Intervention follows, meaning program implementation within the school that educates, evaluates, and confronts students and student athletes about their drug/alcohol problem. The Newton (Massachusetts) Youth Drug/Alcohol program involves these components in fighting adolescent drug and alcohol abuse: (1) evaluation of adolescents with behavioral problems related to drug and alcohol abuse; (2) referrals by athletic personnel, guidance personnel, school psychologists, administrators, local police, court system, and the city human service department; (3) counseling/education/support services reintegrating from residential treatment facilities; (4) group support services for parents; and (5) staff training in the identification of potential problems in adolescence. The program coordinates various groups to provide appropriate services for the adolescent with difficulties. Education about substance abuse is needed to change adolescents' attitudes toward drug and alcohol abuse. (Author/ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - General; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Substance Abuse
Note: Paper presented at the Annual National Symposium on Building Family Strengths (10th, Lincoln, NE, May 13-15, 1987).