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Guiding Good Choices

The Guiding Good Choices intervention is a five-session curriculum that addresses preventing substance abuse in the family, setting clear family expectations regarding drugs and alcohol, avoiding trouble, managing family conflict, and strengthening family bonds. Sessions are interactive and skill based, with opportunities for parents to practice new skills and receive feedback, and use video-based vignettes to demonstrate parenting skills. Families also receive a family guide containing family activities, discussion topics, skill-building exercises, and information on positive parenting.

Accepted to the Portfolio: January 2016

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Target Outcomes

Short Term Outcomes

  • Decreased substance abuse among teens
  • Decreased other risky behaviors among teens
  • Improved family communication
  • Improved family bonding

Long Term Outcomes

  • Increased high school graduation
  • Decreased negative interactions with the criminal justice system
  • Improved quality of life

Target Population


  • Childhood (6 - 11)
  • Youth (12 - 15)
  • Transitional Age Youth (16 - 25)

Service Area

  • Central (District 3)
  • Northeast (District 4)