Parenting for Prevention
Prevention education is vital in combating youth substance abuse and suicide. Our programs partner parents, students, teachers and administrators to empower young people to make healthy, responsible choices. Parents learn strategies through interactive presentations on topics including alcohol and substance abuse prevention, internet safety, bullying, peer pressure, and other challenges common in children at all grade levels.
In the Classroom
In our Parents Teaching Prevention program, parents are trained to teach lessons to kindergarten through 6th grade students. Designed to educate children at an early age how important it is to make healthy life choices, the lessons focus on risk and protective factors and help students learn about the effects of alcohol and drug use as well as strategies to deal with peer pressure, media influences and trust building. The end result is a combined school and community approach to prevention education.
In the Community
OP works with school administrators and parent organizations to provide a comprehensive and integrated approach to prevention education. A variety of programs, including workshops, panel discussions, and lecture series, explore prevention strategies specific to each community.
Publications and Media
OP’s ParentLink is an e-newsletter that provides topical articles and suggestions for handling the challenges facing parents and children at each stage of development. OP regularly contributes articles to parenting publications and school newsletters that provide parents with the most up-to-date information and strategies for keeping their kids safe and on track.
Crisis Services Program
OP’s Crisis Services Program provide free and confidential drug and alcohol referrals, suicide counseling and intervention services for parents.