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Are you looking for a concise, proven, effective program to combat substance abuse, gang activity, aggression and violence, and other forms of delinquency?
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These gang intervention and gang prevention resources provide programs with a range of options which can be tailored to specific program or facility needs. Facilities interested in these programs would include halfway houses, neighborhood centers, day reporting programs, group homes, and neighborhood centers.

We provide several programs which are based on a selection of individual lessons which can be delivered by direct custody staff, counselors probation officers, social workers, or other professionals. They are designed for the "open group" setting, and address the key risk factors underlying gang involvement, substance abuse, and other delinquency. These detention, diversion or drug court models range from 15-30 program sessions. And, we have extensive resources suitable for longer gang intervention programs. They include resources based on motivational interviewing/motivational enhancement (MI/MET) and cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) materials, relapse prevention resources, skills building materials, and resource targeted toward girls and participants who read Spanish. All materials have been developed in a high interest, easy-reading format.

In addition, we provide detention, diversion, and drug court programs with a set of gang intervention materials based on a series of videos, with accompanying workbook activities. Other gang intervention resources include materials designed to address vocational readiness, life skills, substance abuse, aggression, violence, and anger management.

These program resources are based on state-of-the-art evidence-based models. They include significant elements of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and motivational enhancement therapy (MET), including specific tools for motivational interviewing (MI) in each of the workbooks. Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) promotes re-evaluation of dysfunctional emotions and behaviors to bring about change. Motivational enhancement therapy (MET) seeks to promote change by making the client aware of problems and consequences of behavior. The motivational interviewing (MI) tools we provide are non-confrontational and gently provoke awareness. We can work with you to customize a gang intervention curriculum using cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and motivational enhancement therapy (MET) techniques specifically to the needs of your facility or community program.


Listed below are some of our more popular program options.

Phoenix Curriculum: Detention & Group Home

A 25 hour-program consisting of worksheets, activity cards, and other activities. Features a high-interest, easy reading level (Grade 4). Includes a selection of group discussion scenarios ("What Do YOU Think?").

Built on a proven motivational enhancement (MET) and cognitive-behavioral (CBT), this 25-hour curriculum is designed to reduce resistance, build participation, and guide the process of change.

Built on a proven motivational enhancement (MET) and cognitive-behavioral treatment(CBT) model, these materials reduce resistance, build participation, and guide the process of change. This package includes a set of the popular "What Do YOU Think?" scenarios. These open-ended situations allow participants to express what they think about the issue, while providing the leader with the chance to help them explore their thinking and their choices. Problem solving skills and coping skills for avoidance, escape, refusal, or resistance follow the time tested model, with the critical goal of increasing individual self-efficacy. The curriculum consists of five elements with age-appropriate problems and activities:

  • What's important to you? (motivational enhancement)
  • Understanding your feelings (emotional intelligence)
  • Problem Solving (addressing high risk people, places, things, situations, thoughts, and feelings)
  • Risk Factors (gangs, alcohol, drugs, peer pressure, etc.)
  • Protective Factors

The New Freedom Flex Curriculum

Approximately 23 hours of programming to maximize flexibility for a relatively short program. These materials are easily expanded with additional material or activities, and can be used independently from each other.

These materials offer maximum flexibility for a relatively short program. They can be expanded with additional material or activities, and used independently from each other. Ideal for a juvenile correctional situation, the workbooks are:

  • What's Going On In My Life?
  • Key Elements of Change
  • Problems at Home
  • Let's Talk About Feelings
  • You Have Options
  • Gangs
  • Coping Skills for Emergencies

This can also be used in probation programs.

Preparation for Treatment

The Preparation for Treatment program includes 20 hours in six workbooks designed specifically as a preparation for treatment program for juveniles in detention, day reporting programs, neighborhood centers, halfway houses, and group homes. What Do YOU Think? scenarios available.

This curriculum was designed specifically as a preparation for treatment program for juveniles. It is ideal for preparing clients for more advanced treatment settings. The workbooks include:

  • What Am I Doing Here?
  • While You Are Here
  • Treatment Readiness Activities
  • What’s Treatment All About?
  • Introduction To Self-Discovery
  • What’s Going On In My Life?

This can also be used in probation programs.

Self-Management Curriculum

20 hours/sessions with session openers, core lessons based on risk factors, closing applications, and step-by-step lesson plans. For short-stay populations in day reporting, detention centers, halfway houses, neighborhood centers, and group homes, these materials are flexible enough to allow participants to enter or exit at any point.

This curriculum was designed for short-stay populations and for easy delivery. Each lesson follows the same plan with the goal of delivering a sound coping skill called Stop-Think-Act. Each lesson is fully scripted so that staff with minimum experience can successfully deliver it.

  • Openers present discussion scenarios involving youth in detention centers
  • Lessons also scenarios in detention settings
  • Closing applications present a similar scenario outside of detention

This can also be used in probation programs.

Risks and Decisions

Program covers a wide range of critical risk factors in 30 hours of programming, divided into six parts (five sessions each).

In six weeks, this program covers a range of critical risk factors for delinquency, violence, criminal behavior, and gang involvement. Fully- scripted lesson plans and discussion techniques make the lessons ideal for motivated personnel. The program includes DVD-based lessons, role-plays, and a two-session choose-your-own-adventure style Action Maze. Risk factors include:

  • Friends and Peer Pressure
  • High Risk People, Places, Things, and Situations
  • Family Risk Factors
  • Personal Risk Factors
  • Internal Risk Factors
  • Criminal Thinking Risk Factors

This can also be used in probation programs.

The Right Gang Intervention Program For You

Let us customize a program that's right for your detention, diversion, or drug court program. Our programs are tailored to the needs of our customers. We can provide models as short as 12 hours and as long as hundreds of hours.

Focus directly on problems in your facility. We can help you provide a broader range of behavioral health, substance abuse treatment, gang prevention/intervention, and educational services. Our programs can help you address:

  • Gang violence
  • Substance abuse
  • Aggression problems

What happens when they leave? Our community reintegration programs help you address:

  • Risk factors
  • Relapse prevention
  • Life skills
  • Vocational skills

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