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ACVAP to sponsor courses for teens, young adults

Relationship issues, bullying, violence, depression, suicide ideation, hopelessness, substance abuse, drama and continual crises that interfere with how to make better decisions. All of us have questions about how to deal with these problems and are desperately searching for answers to make our lives better for and with our kids, with each other, and for ourselves. Most of us experience any number of these problems during our lifetimes.

You are not alone.

We’ve got something for everyone in a new series of classes at the Pagosa Springs Youth Center. If you think, “I don’t need to attend,” you probably should.

The following classes will be offered during the months of April and May. Be looking for updates on classes for parents, too.

Teen Support Group

• Location: Pagosa Springs Youth Center.

• Dates: Mondays, April 5-May 17.

• Time: 5-6:30 p.m.

• Ages: High school.

Tackle difficult relationship problems. Discussion and activities focus on victimization risk reduction, as well as identification of red flag warnings that you may be an abuser and how to develop self-control skills, and recognition of consequences now and later, and consequences affecting others.

Brain Wise series

• Location: Pagosa Springs Youth Center.

• Dates: Wednesdays, April 6-May 19.

• Time: 4-5:30 p.m.

• Ages: Junior high school.

Brain Wise integrates cutting-edge research on how the brain works into an approach that combines self-development activities, communication and life skills training, positive social and emotional learning opportunities, and critical thinking skills. For example, fun and often humorous worksheets engage students in real-life situations such as learning to build a personal support system using Bart Simpson’s family as an example. Or, consciously learn to control self-talk when situations come up, like “You had a big fight with your mother. What control self-talk statements can you use to calm yourself down?” “Rumor at the Mall” is a skit to help students practice separating fact from opinion. Each lesson’s objective helps individuals acquire tools to help them say, “I need to stop and think about this. What is the best decision I can make in this situation?”

Teen Support Classes

• Call 264-9075 for location.

• Dates: Two Thursdays each month, April 8, April 22, May 6, May 20.

• Time: 6-7:30 p.m.

• Ages: 12-18.

The Diamond Standard

• Location: Pagosa Springs Youth Center.

• Dates: Tuesdays and Thursdays, April 20-May 20.

• Time: 6-8 p.m.

• Ages: 15-29.

Adolescents and young adults between the ages of 15-29 are among the least served and highest risk populations in the nation. Known as “emerging adults,” this population faces rapid changes in responsibility levels, social resources, relationships, education, and career development. The Diamond Standard is a success and relationship development workshop series that provides valuable information, skills and resources to help emerging adults discover the psychosocial keys to whole-person health and building a successful future.

All classes listed above are free and include dinner.

Teen Support groups, Brain Wise, and The Diamond Standard are sponsored by the Archuleta County Victim Assistance Program’s Youth Violence Prevention Education Program, a nonprofit agency that promotes the belief that all people have the right to live free from violence by providing support and advocacy services for victims and education for youth and our community. For more information and location, call 264-4152, Ext. 31.