Parenting Strategies for Creating Drug-Free & Healthy Youth
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Parenting Strategies for Creating Drug-Free & Healthy Youth includes easy to use substance use prevention with wellness tools for parents and guardians who want to produce active, healthy, successful, and substance-abuse free youth. These strategies are founded on the evidence-based Prevention Plus Wellness (PPW) Model, which targets naturally motivating positive images to effectively prevent substance use and promote wellness habits and positive self-identity.
This book provides six short wellness “pep talks” designed to prevent marijuana, alcohol, tobacco and other drug use while increasing youths’ wellness enhancing behaviors, including physical activity and sports, healthy eating and nutrition, monitoring calorie intake and weight, controlling stress, and planning for school success, depending upon their particular interests and needs. Also included are simple home contracts to help parents communicate clear behavior guidelines to their children and teens. Lastly, parent and youth health resources are presented to further increase youth knowledge, attitudes and skills to live healthy, happy and balanced lives.
In addition to the step-by-step directions on how to use the parent wellness pep talks and other strategies in this book, each of the six pep talks contain the following materials:
• Brief youth wellness behavior surveys;
• Parent pep talk scripts for providing youth with positive wellness messages; and
• Goal plans for motivating multiple positive behavior changes among youth.
Parenting Strategies for Creating Drug-Free & Healthy Youth provides parents, and others concerned about youth health and safety, with easy to use and enjoyable tools to promote positive wellness behaviors and identity, while also preventing youth substance use and problems.
Dr. Chudley Werch was raised in rural Wisconsin where he experienced alcohol and drug use as a normal part of daily living. He received his PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1983 and began his career in addictions prevention, education, research and writing. He has held several tenured academic positions and retired to found Prevention Plus Wellness, LLC where he serves as President. Dr. Werch created four nationally recognized evidence-based substance abuse programs. He lives in Jacksonville Florida with Lauren, his wife of 33 years, and has three adult children.