Programme Topics

Youth sessions

These focus on strengthening goal setting, dealing with stress and strong emotions, communication skills, increasing responsible behaviour, and improving skills to deal with peer pressure. Youth Booster sessions focus on making good friends, handling conflict and reinforcing skills learnt in the first seven sessions.

  • Programme facilitators present concepts in a game-like format
  • Each session includes active games & learning activities
  • Emphasis on having fun while learning
  • Some use of DVD

Parent sessions

These discuss the importance of both nurturing their youth whilst, at the same time, setting rules, monitoring compliance, and applying appropriate discipline. Topics include making house rules, encouraging good behaviour, using consequences, building bridges, and protecting against alcohol and substance misuse. Parent Booster sessions focus on handling parents’ stress, communicating when partners don’t agree and reinforcing earlier skills training.

  • All sessions are DVD led
  • Facilitators lead short discussions and timed activities

Family sessions

These include parent-youth discussions, games, projects, skill-building practice and DVD viewing

  • The programme presenters’ role shifts from teacher to facilitator
  • Families work in groups and as individual families
  • Games and activities
  • Some use of DVD

Basic 7 Week Programme Table

Week Parent Sessions Youth Sessions Family Sessions
1 Using Love and Limits Having Goals and Dreams Supporting Goals and Dreams
2 Making House Rules Appreciating Parents Appreciating Family Members
3 Encouraging Good Behaviour Dealing with Stress Using Family Meetings
4 Using Consequences Following Rules Understanding Family Values
5 Building Bridges Handling Peer Pressure I Building Family Communication
6 Protecting Against Substance Misuse Handling Peer Pressure II Reaching Our Goals
7 Using Community Resources Reaching Out To Others Putting It All Together & Graduation

Booster sessions

Parent Sessions Youth Sessions Family Sessions
Handling Stress Handling Conflict Understanding Each Other
Communicating When You Don’t Agree Making Good Friends Listening to Each Other
Reviewing Love And Limit Setting Skills Getting the Message Across Understanding Family Roles
Reviewing How to Help With Peer Pressure Practising Skills Using Family Strengths