Teen Violence Prevention
The Teen Choices evidence based computer tailored intervention includes questions, individualized feedback, videos, and personal stories designed to educate, motivate, and inspire students to use healthy relationship skills to improve their relationships and stay violence-free.4 The healthy relationship skills include:
- Trying to understand and respect the other person’s feelings and needs.
- Using calm, nonviolent ways to deal with disagreements (for example, leaving the room to cool down, offering solutions).
- Respecting others’ boundaries (for example, how close they want to get and what they’re comfortable and uncomfortable doing).
- Communicating one’s own feelings and needs clearly and respectfully.
- Making good decisions in relationships.
For students who are currently involved in an unhealthy or unsafe dating relationship, the program focuses on keeping onself safe, defined as:
- Getting help or talking to someone.
- Saftey planning.
- Deciding whether the relationship is right for you.
For all students who have experienced dating or peer violence or abuse, the program encourages help-seeking. Every program session ends with a Let’s Talk About It webpage, which lists specific people and places that can help in the school and community.
Teens Keeping Out of Trouble with the Law
We have used the empirically validated Transtheoretical Model of Behavior Change and expert system technology to develop the Rise Above Your Situation program (RAYS). RAYS has been successfully tested in a pilot and has now received funding for a randomized controlled trial.
RAYS is a multimedia computer-tailored intervention designed as an adjunct to traditional juvenile justice programs. The intervention delivers assessments and individualized feedback matched to readiness to stay out of trouble with the law and quit alcohol and drugs. At the end of each session the program also generates a counselor report that summarizes the youth’s feedback and presents concrete, easy-to-implement strategies counselors can use to reinforce stage-matched concepts.