Our drug and alcohol treatment program for adolescents focuses on individuals under the age of 17 who are engaged in substance use or abuse. Clients are offered a combination of individual, family, and specialized group counseling. Toxicology screens are also used as a treatment tool when deemed appropriate. We believe parents to be the most powerful influences in their children’s lives, as a result parents of adolescents in the program are encouraged to attend specialized groups as well which are focused on parenting skills, education, and support.  Often adolescents who are involved in substance abuse may also be in need of secondary services due to other at-risk behaviors and sometimes legal involvement. Additional services for at-risk youth (including case management, anger management, etc.) are also available in agency programs.

Adolescent Self Discovery Educational and Support Group
Targets adolescents at the beginning of treatment in discussing the issues surrounding substance abuse and the greater effects of that behavior. This group uses a combination of motivational enhancement and cognitive behavioral therapy techniques. 
This group discusses motivational building, goal setting, refusal skills through role play, planning for high risk situations, and helps clients to create a positive support network and long term relapse prevention plan.

Structured Psychotherapy for Adolescents Responding to Stress (SPARCS)
S.P.A.R.C.S. is an evidence-informed group therapy for adolescents living with chronic stress or who have experienced a
traumatic event. The focus in S.P.A.R.C.S. is on helping participants cope with current stress in their lives. The group is completely present-focused, so no past experiences are discussed except during individual assessments prior to beginning groups. S.P.A.R.C.S. skills include connecting with others, coping more effectively, cultivating awareness, and creating meaning. Clients may experience the following benefits: Improved coping strategies, decreased distress, improved management of emotions, and the development of better relationship and communication skills.

Parent Support Group
This group meets weekly, providing support and active parenting techniques for parents who have adolescents in the program or who have adolescents that are struggling with substance abuse but are not connected with the agency. It offers hope, guidance, and education for parents and caregivers of adolescents receiving services for substance use. Family support is a great means for families to gain awareness and guidance for supporting their loved one. 


Active Parenting Program

At YES Community Counseling Center, we believe in the power of parenting. We maintain the position that an effective parenting style can prevent a great deal of both child and parent pain, and can make the difference in a family’s life. Healthy and effective parenting raises healthy and stable individuals. That’s why YES places a high priority on parenting our next generation by offering several programs to parents and legal guardians.

Active Parenting
All the love we have for our children doesn’t automatically make us effective parents. Parenting, like any other skill, is something we have to learn and practice. This six week evidenced based video and discussion program provides parents with the skills needed to use effective discipline, teach responsibility, and communicate with their children. Each session shows parents how to handle sensitive issues such as drugs, sexuality, and violence. 

For enrollment information, please contact us.