Intervention Counselors collaborate with the Health and Physical Education instructors to support the curriculum that students receive through their health classes in grades 6–10. Intervention Counselors reinforce the concepts of increasing protective factors to decrease impacts of risk. Providing instruction on how substances impact one’s brain in the short and long term assists students in understanding their unique risks and how they have control over their development by choosing not to use. Encouraging students to connect in healthy ways to school and community groups helps students develop a system of support. Working with school counseling and instructional staff, Intervention Counselors assist in facilitating and creating opportunities to grow skills like problem solving, expressing emotions, and building healthy relationships. Intervention Counselors collaborate with community partners to ensure programing is meeting the needs of our students in the community in which they live by supporting efforts to collect data on substance use, perceptions of use and availability of use.

7th UP

7th UP stands for Understanding Pressures. This is a peer-to-peer prevention program where high school students teach substance use prevention lessons to 7th and 8th graders. 7th-grade lessons focus on the consequences and impacts of substance use. The 8th-grade lesson focus on the transition to high school and ways students can make positive choices and stay healthy.

Are you a high school student interested in applying for 7th UP?

Rising 10th, 11th, and 12th graders complete applications between January and February for the upcoming school year.

For your school's timeline, contact one of the 7th UP sponsors:

Group Counseling

We offer support groups for students coping with a loved one’s substance use to provide them support with additional information, coping skills, and stress management. Contact your intervention counselor for information on the group counseling opportunities offered at your school. 

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