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Alcohol Abuse Screening Quiz This self-assessment from The New York Times Company will help older teens and adults examine their own alcohol use to determine the extent to which a problem needs to be addressed. This test can be helpful in determining whether or not it may be time to get help. (SDFSCA Approved Activity A.ii - Activities that promote a sense of individual responsibility.)

Submitted by: Batch 2
From: Designed Instruction
American Cancer Society Guide to Quitting Smoking This guide from the American Cancer Society (ACS) helps smokers kick the habit. It is also full of tips and resources for accessing additional help. (SDFSCA approved Activity C - Dissemination of drug and violence prevention information to schools and the community.)

Submitted by: Batch 2
From: Designed Instruction
Are You Troubled by Someone's Drinking? This self-assessment from the The New York Times Company will help older teens and adults examine how much someone else's alcohol drinking is affecting them and determine the extent to which a problem needs to be addressed. This test can be helpful in determining whether or not it may be time to get help. (SDFSCA Approved Activity A.ii - Activities that promote a sense of individual responsibility.)

Submitted by: Batch 2
From: Designed Instruction
Character Education ... Our Shared Responsibility This brochure (PDF) from the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Safe and Drug-free Schools (OSDFS), ready to print in both English and Spanish, emphasizes the importance of character education and informs parents, educators, and the community about available support and resources. (SDFSCA Approved Activity E.xvii - Developing and implementing character education programs that take into account the views of parents of the students for whom the program is intended and such students.)

Submitted by: Batch 1
From: Designed Instruction
Check Yourself Self-Awareness Quizzes This series of four self-awareness quizzes provided by Check Yourself helps high school students identify how much of a problem drugs and alcohol present to their quality of life. (SDFSCA Approved Activity A.ii - Activities that promote a sense of individual responsibility.)

Submitted by: Batch 2
From: Designed Instruction
Como disminuir su hbito de ingerir alcohol This Spanish-version resource from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) provides Spanish-speaking students in grades 9-12 as well as adults useful guidance in stopping or reducing their drinking. (SDFSCA Approved Activity A.ii - Activities that promote a sense of individual responsibility.)

Submitted by: Batch 3
From: Designed Instruction
Conflict Resolution and Peer Mediation: Middle and High School Guide This 62-page resource (PDF) from the New Jersey State Bar Foundation provides lessons and accompanying materials to help students in grades 6-12 develop cultural awareness, an understanding of principles of equity, respect for others, self-esteem, and conflict resolution and mediation skills. (SDFSCA Approved Activity E.viii - Conflict resolution programs, including peer mediation programs that educate and train peer mediators and a designated faculty supervisor, and youth anti-crime and anti-drug councils and activities.)

Submitted by: Batch 3
From: Designed Instruction
Conflict Resolution Education: A Guide to Implementing Programs in Schools, Youth-Serving Organizations, and Community and Juvenile Facilities This resource from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention provides a comprehensive view on peer mediation, including a summarization of the research base, a compendium of various approaches to curriculum and training, and factors essential to starting and maintaining effective peer mediation and conflict resolution programs for youths. (SDFSCA Approved Activity E.viii - Conflict resolution programs, including peer mediation programs that educate and train peer mediators and a designated faculty supervisor, and youth anti-crime and anti-drug councils and activities.)

Submitted by: Batch 3
From: Designed Instruction
Cutting This article from The Nemours Foundation describes cutting behavior in a way that teenagers can understand. It also provides them with information on why people sometimes cut themselves, what can happen as a result, and how to get help. (SDFSCA Approved Activity A.i - Activities that address the consequences of violence and the illegal use of drugs.)

Submitted by: Batch 3
From: Designed Instruction
Dealing With Addiction This article from The Nemours Foundation provides teenagers with information about substance abuse and addiction, signs of addiction, and ways to combat addiction. (SDFSCA Approved Activity A.ii - Activities that promote a sense of individual responsibility.)

Submitted by: Batch 3
From: Designed Instruction
Drug Abuse Screening Quiz This self-assessment from the The New York Times Company will help older teens and adults examine their own drug use to determine the extent to which a problem needs to be addressed. This test can be helpful in determining whether or not it may be time to get help. (SDFSCA Approved Activity A.ii - Activities that promote a sense of individual responsibility.)

Submitted by: Batch 2
From: Designed Instruction
Faces of Change This easy to read 35-page narrative (PDF) from the Department of Health and Human Services follows five people who use tobacco. The selection encourages high school students to consider whether they have a problem with alcohol or drugs, and if so, how they can get help. (SDFSCA Approved Activity C - Dissemination of drug and violence prevention information to schools and the community.)

Submitted by: Batch 2
From: Designed Instruction
Feeling Pressured? This quiz from the National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign helps teens determine if they are above the influence when it comes to peer pressure. (SFSCA Approved Activity A.iv - Activities that teach students to recognize social and peer pressure to use drugs illegally and the skills for resisting illegal drug use.)

Submitted by: Batch 2
From: Designed Instruction
Going to a Therapist This article from The Nemours Foundation describes reasons why some teens go to therapists. They also learn about types of therapy, what therapists do, what happens during therapy, the possible benefits, and why it is not necessarily as unusual as they may think. (SDFSCA Approved Activity E.xi - Programs that encourage students to seek advice from, and to confide in, a trusted adult regarding concerns about violence and illegal drug use.)

Submitted by: Batch 3
From: Designed Instruction
How Can I Help a Friend Who Cuts? This article from The Nemours Foundation provides teens with useful information on how they can help when a friend exhibits cutting behavior, including listening, helping them to find adult assistance, helping them to find alternatives to cutting, and being a good role model. (SDFSCA Approved Activity A.ii - Activities that promote a sense of individual responsibility.)

Submitted by: Batch 3
From: Designed Instruction
How Much is Too Much? This self-assessment for alcohol abuse from the Boston University School of Public Health generates personalized results based on age, gender and drinking patterns. It is designed to help students see how alcohol abuse can harm health and disrupt lives. (SDFSCA Approved Activity A.ii - Activities that promote a sense of individual responsibility.)

Submitted by: Batch 2
From: Designed Instruction
How To Cut Down On Your Drinking This resource from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) provides students in grades 9-12 with useful guidance for stopping or reducing their drinking. (SDFSCA Approved Activity A.ii - Activities that promote a sense of individual responsibility.)

Submitted by: Batch 3
From: Designed Instruction
I Think I May Have a Drinking/Drug Problem: What Should I Do? This article from The Nemours Foundation provides teenagers with information and tips on how to resist the urge to drink and/or do drugs. (SDFSCA Approved Activity A.ii - Activities that promote a sense of individual responsibility.)

Submitted by: Batch 3
From: Designed Instruction
I've Started Cutting Again: How Can I Stop? This article from The Nemours Foundation provides teenagers with information for dealing with a hypothetical situation in which they have relapsed into the dangerous behavior of cutting. (SDFSCA Approved Activity A.ii - Activities that promote a sense of individual responsibility.)

Submitted by: Batch 3
From: Designed Instruction
International Friendship Day This two-page resource (PDF) from UNICEF helps high school students understand the power of bullying and friendship. The resource is intended to be read at an assembly to correspond with International Friendship Day which is August 8th. (SDFSCA Approved Activity E.xiii - Violence prevention and education programs that address victimization associated with prejudice and intolerance, and that include activities designed to help students develop a sense of individual responsibility and respect for the rights of others, and to resolve conflicts without violence.)

Submitted by: Batch 2
From: Designed Instruction
Marijuana Self-Assessment This brief self-assessment designed by the Mount Holyoke College Office of Health Services helps high school students see the ways marijuana can affect their lives. (SDFSCA Approved Activity A.ii - Activities that promote a sense of individual responsibility.)

Submitted by: Batch 2
From: Designed Instruction
Multisystemic Therapy This best practice brief (PDF) from KSDE and Designed Instruction LLC provides up-to-date information on Multisystemic Therapy (MST), a family-oriented, home-based program designed to reduce criminal activity, antisocial behavior, and substance abuse by juvenile offenders ages 12-17, and do these things at a cost savings compared to incarceration or out-of-home placement. (SDFSCA Approved Activity E.x - Counseling, mentoring, referral services, and other student assistance practices and programs, including assistance provided by qualified school-based mental health services providers and the training of teachers by school-based mental health services providers in appropriate identification and intervention techniques for students at risk of violent behavior and illegal use of drugs.)

Submitted by: Batch 2
From: Designed Instruction
My Friend Is Talking About Running Away: What Should I Do? This article from The Nemours Foundation provides teens with useful information on how they can involve trusted adults to help in a situation in which a friend is contemplating running away, and alternative resources to provide to their friend should that not work. (SDFSCA Approved Activity A.ii - Activities that promote a sense of individual responsibility.)

Submitted by: Batch 3
From: Designed Instruction
My Friend Is Talking About Suicide: What Should I Do? This article from The Nemours Foundation provides teens with useful information on how they can help in situations where a friend is contemplating suicide. (SDFSCA Approved Activity A.ii - Activities that promote a sense of individual responsibility.)

Submitted by: Batch 3
From: Designed Instruction
Peer Helper Initiatives for Out-of-the-Mainstream Youth: A Report and Compendium This 86-page resource (PDF, 342 K) provided by Health Canada outlines the rationale for involving street youth, runaways, and other youth in peer programs. (SDFSCA Approved Activity E.viii - Conflict resolution programs, including peer mediation programs that educate and train peer mediators and a designated faculty supervisor, and youth anti-crime and anti-drug councils and activities.)

Submitted by: Batch 3
From: Designed Instruction
Peer Mediation School Survey This survey from Conflict Solvers will help you determine whether or not your school needs to consider implementing a peer mediation program. (SDFSCA Approved Activity E.viii - Conflict resolution programs, including peer mediation programs that educate and train peer mediators and a designated faculty supervisor, and youth anti-crime and anti-drug councils and activities.)

Submitted by: Batch 3
From: Designed Instruction
Peer Mediation: Creating a Positive Climate This 2-page resource (PDF) from Safe and Responsive Schools, a three-year project funded by the U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs, provides school and community leaders with the facts about peer mediation, what we know based on these facts, and what we should do in local peer mediation programs in light of these findings. (SDFSCA Approved Activity E.viii - Conflict resolution programs, including peer mediation programs that educate and train peer mediators and a designated faculty supervisor, and youth anti-crime and anti-drug councils and activities.)

Submitted by: Batch 3
From: Designed Instruction
Peer Program Descriptions This comprehensive list of peer programs worldwide provides an excellent means of locating existing and/or past programs in order to learn more about what does and does not work. The list is organized by category, setting, and intended service population. (SDFSCA Approved Activity E.viii - Conflict resolution programs, including peer mediation programs that educate and train peer mediators and a designated faculty supervisor, and youth anti-crime and anti-drug councils and activities.)

Submitted by: Batch 3
From: Designed Instruction
Project Towards No Drug Abuse This best practice brief (PDF) from KSDE and Designed Instruction LLC provides up-to-date information on Project Towards No Drug Abuse, a classroom-based drug prevention program designed to help students develop self-control and communication skills, acquire resources that help them resist drug use, improve decision making strategies, and develop the motivation to not use drugs. (SDFSCA Approved Activity E.ix - Alternative education programs or services for violent or drug abusing students that reduce the need for suspension or expulsion, including programs or services to assist students to make continued progress toward meeting the State academic achievement standards and to reenter the regular education setting.)

Submitted by: Batch 3
From: Designed Instruction
Reasons For Use These graphs (PDF) from The Partnership for a Drug-Free America show educators and other concerned adults the reasons that most middle and high school students say that they use specific drugs. (SDFSCA Approved Activity D - Professional development and training in prevention, education, early identification and intervention, mentoring, or rehabilitation referral, as related to drug and violence prevention.)

Submitted by: Batch 3
From: Designed Instruction
Reconnecting Youth Program This best practice brief (PDF) from KSDE and Designed Instruction LLC provides up-to-date information on the Reconnecting Youth Program, a school-based partnership model designed to increase school performance and decrease drug involvement, emotional distress, and suicidal tendencies by involving peers, school personnel, and parents to help meet students' need for inclusion, self-control, and the ability to make decisions and evaluate the consequences of their choices. (SDFSCA Approved Activity E.ix - Alternative education programs or services for violent or drug abusing students that reduce the need for suspension or expulsion, including programs or services to assist students to make continued progress toward meeting the State academic achievement standards and to reenter the regular education setting.)

Submitted by: Batch 3
From: Designed Instruction
Red Flags of Youth Depression This resource from the San Antonio Youth Mental Health Council provides a thorough list of symptoms that are often considered possible signs of depression, as well others that are possible signs that a child may be considering suicide. (SDFSCA Approved Activity E.xxi - Programs to train school personnel to identify warning signs of youth suicide and to create an action plan to help youth at risk of suicide.)

Submitted by: Batch 1
From: Designed Instruction
Resisting the Urge to Cut This article from The Nemours Foundation provides teenagers with information and tips on how to resist the urge to inflict damage on their own bodies. (SDFSCA Approved Activity A.ii - Activities that promote a sense of individual responsibility.)

Submitted by: Batch 3
From: Designed Instruction
Respect This newsletter from the New Jersey State Bar Foundation highlights the issues of tolerance and diversity and is intended for students in grades 7-12. Order as many copies of the Foundation's free Respect newsletter as you need by filling out the online order form. (SDFSCA Approved Activity E.xiii - Violence prevention and education programs that address victimization associated with prejudice and intolerance, and that include activities designed to help students develop a sense of individual responsibility and respect for the rights of others, and to resolve conflicts without violence.)

Submitted by: Batch 3
From: Designed Instruction
Say Goodbye to an Ugly Habit -- Quit Smoking This two-page brochure (PDF) from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Women's Health, is designed to help teenage girls who have started to smoke kick the habit. It contains information about why people smoke, what quitting will mean for health, tips to stop, and links to sites with other resources for quitting. (SDFSCA Approved Activity C - Dissemination of drug and violence prevention information to schools and the community.)

Submitted by: Batch 2
From: Designed Instruction
Solutions Through Peer Mediation This article by Leah Davies describes the values and gains that can be attained through the use of peer mediation programs. It covers types of peer mediation sessions, program models that can serve as examples, peer mediator selection, training needs, and the organization and processes involved in peer mediation. (SDFSCA Approved Activity E.viii - Conflict resolution programs, including peer mediation programs that educate and train peer mediators and a designated faculty supervisor, and youth anti-crime and anti-drug councils and activities.)

Submitted by: Batch 3
From: Designed Instruction
Substance Abuse Treatment Facility Locator This searchable directory of drug and alcohol treatment programs from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) shows the location of facilities around the country that treat alcoholism, alcohol abuse, and drug abuse problems. (SDFSCA Approved Activity C - Dissemination of drug and violence prevention information to schools and the community.)

Submitted by: Batch 2
From: Designed Instruction
Suicide This article for teenagers from The Nemours Foundation describes factors that are involved in teen suicide and identifies warning signs that can act as an alert that the potential exists. (SDFSCA Approved Activity A.i - Activities that address the consequences of violence and the illegal use of drugs.)

Submitted by: Batch 3
From: Designed Instruction
Take the Tobacco True/False Test This quick true/false quiz from the Center for Addiction Research of British Columbia (CARBC) will help teenagers assess their knowledge about secondhand smoke. Teachers will find it useful to introduce the concept of pollution by the harmful chemicals in secondhand smoke. (SDFSCA Approved Activity A.ii - Activities that promote a sense of individual responsibility.)

Submitted by: Batch 2
From: Designed Instruction
Talking to Your Doctor This article from The Nemours Foundation encourages teenagers to talk with their doctors, and provides good reasons in a manner that they can understand. (SDFSCA Approved Activity E.xi - Programs that encourage students to seek advice from, and to confide in, a trusted adult regarding concerns about violence and illegal drug use.)

Submitted by: Batch 3
From: Designed Instruction
Talking to Your Parents or Other Adults This article from The Nemours Foundation encourages teenagers to talk with their parents. It discusses the changes that occur during adolescence that can sometimes make communication difficult, why it is important to continue to communicate, and how to disagree without disrespect. (SDFSCA Approved Activity E.xi - Programs that encourage students to seek advice from, and to confide in, a trusted adult regarding concerns about violence and illegal drug use.)

Submitted by: Batch 3
From: Designed Instruction
Teachers' Awareness of Self-Cutting Behavior Among the Adolescent Population This eight-page article (PDF) describes results of a study revealing the level of teacher awareness and abilities to cope with students self-cutting, or self-mutilating, behaviors. It is particularly useful for designing training to deal with these types of situations. (SDFSCA Approved Activity E.xxi - Programs to train school personnel to identify warning signs of youth suicide and to create an action plan to help youth at risk of suicide.)

Submitted by: Batch 1
From: Designed Instruction
Tobacco and Cancer This collection of articles from the American Cancer Society explains how tobacco kills and how a smoker can obtain the help needed to quit. (SFDSCA Approved Activity A.vi Activities that engage students in the learning process.)

Submitted by: Batch 2
From: Designed Instruction
Why Do I Fight With My Parents So Much? This article from The Nemours Foundation helps teenagers understand the reasons why arguments they may have with their parents are not as out-of-the-ordinary as they may think and that with time the arguments will decrease. (SDFSCA Approved Activity E.xi - Programs that encourage students to seek advice from, and to confide in, a trusted adult regarding concerns about violence and illegal drug use.)

Submitted by: Batch 3
From: Designed Instruction

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