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Prevention Programs

Our prevention specialists work with public and private schools throughout south central Pennsylvania to implement research-based prevention programs with fidelity and flexibility.

Programs are free to schools, aligned with PA Academic Standards in multiple subject areas and specially designed to help curb drug and alcohol experimentation and use, increase healthy decision-making and drug refusal skills, and dispel myths about addiction.

Scheduling now for the 2021-22 program year!

elementary options include:

  • Too Good for Drugs, a comprehensive research-based prevention program is age-appropriate for grades K-2 and FREE to schools in Somerset County. Ten recorded lessons of 20 minutes or less use loveable puppets and kid-friendly workbook activities to introduce and develop social and emotional skills for making healthy choices, building positive friendships, regulating emotions, and communicating effectively. In the youngest grades, the lessons also develop an understanding of what is healthy to put in the body and what is not. This foundation prepares students for discussions about tobacco, alcohol, and other drug use in later elementary years. Funding for Too Good for Drugs is provided by the Single County Authority for Drugs and Alcohol of Somerset County. For more information, email Sue at sburris@thelearninglamp.org.

  • Bounce Back [NEW IN 2021-22], an evidence-informed, group-based intervention for elementary students exposed to stressful and traumatic events. With nearly half of American children experiencing trauma within their families, at school, and in their communities, Bounce Back teaches younger children ways to cope with and recover from trauma so they can get back to the business of being a kid! Delivered by Master’s-level counselors, the program incorporates Cognitive Behavioral Therapy interventions. Bounce Back is FREE in 2021-22 for participants in Cambria County ONLY with funding from Cambria County Drug & Alcohol Program. Referrals are welcome from partner schools, mental health providers, after school providers, and other youth-serving organizations. Call Val at 814-262-0732 x226 or email vfletcher@thelearninglamp.org.

MIDDLE SCHOOL OPTIONS INCLUDE:

  • Strengthening Families Program: Parents & Youth 10-14, an evidence-based parent, youth, and family skills-building program proven to prevent teen substance use, strengthen parent/youth communication skills, and increase academic success in school. SFP 10-14 was named the #1 prevention program out of 6,000 programs analyzed by the World Health Organization for long-term effects on substance use and misuse. The Learning Lamp is forming groups with partner school districts and community-based organizations in Cambria and Somerset counties for 2021-22 school year!  Funding for SFP 10-14 is provided by a combination of grants from Cambria County Drug & Alcohol Program, Cambria County Children & Youth Services, and the Single County Authority for Drugs and Alcohol of Somerset County. For more information, check out this video. Interested in participating in an SFP 10-14 group, call Lisa at 814-262-0732 x249 or email lstofko@thelearninglamp.org.

NOW FORMING GROUPS FOR MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL AGED YOUTH IN 2021-22

  • Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS), an evidence-based program designed to reduce post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, and anxiety among youth that exhibit symptoms of PTSD from a wide range of trauma. The 10-session peer support group-based intervention teaches cognitive behavioral skills. Led by mental health professionals, the groups, which include 6-8 students aged 10-18, incorporate a mix of instruction, examples, and games to solidify concepts. Components include relaxation training, tools to combat negative thoughts and build social problem solving skills. Participation in CBITS is FREE in 2021-22 to participants in Cambria County ONLY with funding from Cambria County Drug & Alcohol Program. Referrals are welcome from partner school districts, mental health providers, after school providers, and other youth-serving organizations. Call Katie at 814-262-0732 x292 or email khorner@thelearninglamp.org.

high school options include:

  • Edventi High School Prevention Curriculum, an evidence-informed, teacher-guided, web-based program for grades 9-12 that features five 45-minute modules. Dynamic videos provide the framework for the interactive lessons, which engage students in examination of nicotine, marijuana, alcohol, opioids, heroin and the brain chemistry of addiction. Students will identify diverse forces that influence drug abuse ranging from media, culture, industry and peers to neuroscience and genetic factors. Program can be used alone or integrated into larger curricular instruction. Teacher training is required and FREE with funds from the PA Liquor Control Board. For more information, call Elizabeth at 814-262-0732 x387 or email eelbayly@thelearninglamp.org.

  • Everfi AlcoholEdu for High School, a FREE online program of five 20-25 minute web-based sessions that take a public health approach to prevention. The program, which includes optional supplemental in-class activities and a companion parent program, is proven to reduce incidence of and negative consequences associated with underage drinking. Appropriate for grades 9-12. Through a grant from the PA Liquor Control Board, The Learning Lamp will work with schools to provide technical support and comprehensive outcomes reports at NO COST to gauge impact on your students! Call Elizabeth at 814-262-0732 x387 or email eelbayly@thelearninglamp.org.

Schedule Now

To schedule a program or for more information on The Learning Lamp’s prevention program offerings, please contact Lisa at 814-262-0732 x249 or email lstofko@thelearninglamp.org.

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