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Alternative Behavioral Choices

Improving youth decision making

The Alternative Behavioral Choices (ABC) program is a prevention program to improve the decision-making and social skills of youth.  The program provides youth the opportunity to increase personal strengths by building upon their foundation of problem-solving and decision-making skills.  Services help youth understand the connections between the choices they make and the intended and unintended consequences that occur.

How it works

Youth who participate in the ABC program attend an intake appointment and a series of 6 group sessions. The program develops healthy relationships, family communication, value exploration, self esteem, decision-making, values clarification, goal planning and the interrelationship of these issues.

Group services focus on discussion and interactive material, and youth and parents have additional assignments to complete between sessions.  Parents and youth participate together in an initial intake process as well as in the first and last group sessions. Individual and family counseling is also available to group participants.

Eligibility

Youth ages 10-17 are eligible.  To refer a youth to the program or for more information, contact the ABC Program Coordinator at (616) 459-7215.