Chester County Prevention Services

Who we are

Holcomb Behavioral Health Systems is a leader in providing services and supports for people with mental health, substance abuse, and developmental disabilities. The Chester County Holcomb Prevention department is located at the Holcomb corporate office in Exton, PA. Starting in 2010, Holcomb began providing similar services for Chester County.

Holcomb has been providing evidence-based prevention programs for youth and parents in Delaware County since 1997.

Chester County Prevention Services

467 Creamery Way, Exton, PA, USA

Locations

Chester County Prevention Services
info@holcombbhs.org

467 Creamery Way
Exton, PA 19341
ph: 610-363-1488
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Services

  • Children & Teen Programs

    Many of our prevention and education programs are designed specifically to meet the needs of children from diverse backgrounds and unique family settings.  Expand the sections below to learn about each program. Thanks to funding from the Chester County Department of Drug & Alcohol Services, many of our programs are free to Chester County residents and school districts.

     

  • BABES

    What is BABES?

    The Beginning Awareness Basic Education Studies (BABES) program is a primary prevention program for children, grades K-2nd. BABES provides factual information on alcohol and other drugs, introduces decision making and coping skills, and works to increase each child’s self-awareness. The goal of BABES is to help children enjoy happy, health, drug-free lives.

    The program incorporates seven fun puppets to introduce factual, non-judgmental information on alcohol and other drugs, decision making and coping skills. BABES is delivered in seven lessons, usually once a week.

    Any school in Chester County (public or private) may request the BABES program by calling Holcomb Behavioral Health Systems. Trained volunteers and staff present BABES to over 500 children each year. In the fall information is sent to every elementary school in Chester County.

    Trained BABES presenters can bring this program to your school at no cost to you, thanks to funding provided by the Chester County Department of Drug & Alcohol Services.

    BABES is also available in Spanish! click here for BABES (en español)

    For more information about having this program in Spanish , please contact: Juan Tapia at 610-388-7400 or by email at: Juan.Tapia@holcombbhs.org


    The BABES Lessons:

    #1 Self Image and Feelings

    This lesson teaches that it is important to recognize and communicate our feelings. Introduces “self image” and teaches that we are all special.

    #2 Decision Making and Peer Pressure

    Teaches how to recognize peer pressure and presents ways of dealing with it. This lesson teaches steps for responsible decision making.

    #3 Coping Skills

    This lesson teaches that some things can be changed and some cannot. It also touches on the fact that “coping” is taking care of an unhappy situation.

    #4 Alcohol and Other Drug Information

    Lesson 4 explains that alcohol is a drug that affects mind and body. It also talks about the fact that drinking alcohol is against the law until the age of 21 and that it is always against the law to use illegal drugs.

    #5 Getting Help

    It’s OK to fail at first. You can always go back and try again. This lesson teaches that it’s very important to ask for help when you really need it.

    #6 Help for the Child Living in a Chemically Dependent Home

    This lesson teaches that it is wrong for people to hurt children or touch them in ways that makes them uncomfortable. If this happens, we can tell someone we trust.

    #7 Wrap Up

    The previous lessons are reviewed and children receive a Certificate of Completion of the BABES program.

    Comments from Parents:

    “I feel that it is important that she hear about it both at home and school as it reinforces the issue.”

    “I feel it is important to teach children early about drugs, alcohol, etc. so they can make good decisions when confronted with a difficult choice and/or peer pressure.”

    “He related stories from the program that helped him understand peer pressure and that drugs are bad.”

    Comments from Teachers:

    “I really enjoyed the BABES program. The kids learn a lot of information–they talk about the key words and puppets throughout the remainder of the year.”

    “I really liked the program. It is very informative and a fun way for the children to learn.”

    “The children enjoyed watching the puppets and the information was on their level.”

    Interested in Becoming a BABES Volunteer?

    BABES Volunteers are always needed to become BABES presenters. Volunteer presenters are provided with training and continuing support from our agency. The requirements are ability to read well, be non-judgmental, transport oneself to school sites and of course, enjoy working with children.

    Who can be a BABES Volunteer?

    Counselors, teachers, parents, police, clergy, scout leaders, elders, business people, and youth can be BABES presenters. If you are a warm, caring, non-judgmental person who is sensitive to the needs of young children, you can be a BABES presenter.

    For additional information, please contact: Christine Dziembowski at 610-363-1488 or by email at: Christine.Dziembowski@holcombbhs.org

  • Keep A Clear Mind

    Keep A Clear Mind (4th-6th Grade): KACM is a 5 lesson program that takes place once a week.  This program introduces the topics of Alcohol, Tobacco, Marijuana, and Making Good Choices, and the harmful effects and consequences of each substance.  Each week, students are given a work book related to weekly topic which is to be completed with a parent or guardian.

    For additional information, please contact: Christine Dziembowski at 610-363-1488 or by email at: Christine.Dziembowski@holcombbhs.org

  • Say It Straight

    Say It Straight (SIS) is a research-based education and training program that results in empowering communication skills and behaviors, increased self-awareness, self-efficacy, personal and social responsibility, positive relationships and quality of life; and decreased alienation, risky or destructive behaviors, such as alcohol, tobacco and other drug abuse, eating disorders, bullying, violence, precocious sexual behavior and behaviors leading to HIV/AIDS.

    Say It Straight is also available in Spanish! click here for Say It Straight (en español)

    For more information about having this program in Spanish , please contact: Luis Benites at 610-388-7400 or by email at: Luis.Benites@holcombbhs.org

    You Say It Straight When…

    I count myself, I count you, and I count our issues.

    I state my decisions without excuses.

    I stand up for myself and respect your rights.

    I count my feelings and your feelings.

    I express my thoughts and feelings honestly.

    Why Say It Straight?

    -Proven to be effective in the prevention of risky or destructive behaviors, such as alcohol, tobacco, other drug use/abuse, alienation, violence, school drop-out, and teen pregnancy.

    -Promotes wellness, personal and social responsibility, positive self-esteem, and positive relationships.

    -Improves the quality of life with family, friends, schools, and community.

    Host a Say It Straight Program…

    Holcomb Prevention Specialists are available to bring this program to your school, youth group, or parent group – FREE of charge! This program is over 6-10 week sessions and can be presented in a format that works with your group!

    For additional information or schedule a Say It Straight program in your school or community group, please contact Christine Dziembowski at 610-363-1488 or by email at: Christine.Dziembowski@holcombbhs.org

    This program is coordinated by Holcomb Behavioral Health Systems Prevention & Education and originally made possible through grant funding from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency and now through the Chester County Department of Drug & Alcohol Services.

  • Safe Dates

    Safe Dates is a 6-session program for middle and high school students and is designed to prevent the initiation of emotional, physical, and sexual abuse between individuals in a dating relationship. Safe Dates is an evidence-based program that has been identified as a model program in the National Registry of Effective Programs (NREP), found to be effective in both preventing perpetration and in reducing perpetration among teens already using violence in their dates. Adolescents who have participated in the program are less accepting of dating abuse, have stronger communication and anger management skills, are less likely to gender stereotype, and have a greater awareness of community services for dating abuse.

    Safe Dates is also available in Spanish! click here for Safe Dates (en español)

    For more information about having this program in Spanish , please contact: Juan Tapia at 610-388-7400 or by email at: Juan.Tapia@holcombbhs.org

    Session 1: Defining Caring Relationships

    Through a bingo game and class discussions, students are introduced to the Safe Dates program and they evaluate how they would like to be treated in dating relationships.

    Session 2: Defining Dating Abuse

    Through the discussion of scenarios and the review of statistics, students clearly define dating abuse.

    Session 3: Why Do People Abuse?

    Through large and small group discussions and the review of scenarios, students identify the causes and consequences of dating abuse.

    Session 4: How to Help Friends

    Through a decision-making exercise, a dramatic reading, and the introduction of the “Friend’s Wheel,” students learn why it is difficult to leave abusive relationships and how to help a friend if she or he is in an abusive relationship.

    Session 5: Helping Friends

    Through stories and role-playing, students practice effective skills for helping friends who are victims of abuse or confronting friends who are perpetrators of abuse.

    Session 6: Overcoming Gender Stereotypes

    Through a writing exercise, small-group discussions, and scenarios, students learn about gender stereotypes and how these stereotypes can affect dating relationships.

    Session 7: Equal Power through Communication

    Students learn the eight skills for effective communication and practice these skills in a variety of role-plays.

    Session 8: How We Feel, How We Deal

    Through the use of a feelings diary and a discussion of “hot buttons,” students learn effective ways to recognize and handle their anger, so it doesn’t lead to abusive behavior.

    Session 9: Preventing Sexual Assault

    Through taking a quiz and holding a caucus and a panel of their peers, students learn about the issue of sexual assault and how to prevent it from happening.

    For additional information, please contact: Christine Dziembowski at 610-363-1488 or by email at: Christine.Dziembowski@holcombbhs.org

    This program is coordinated by Holcomb Behavioral Health Systems Prevention & Education and funded by the Chester County Department of Drug & Alcohol Services.

  • Gambling Prevention Programs

    Youth Educational Programs:

    Hooked City:

    This 2 session program on gambling is for 8th-10th grade students. The primary objective of this interactive game is to enable adolescents to make responsible choices by informing them about the nature and the risks associated with gambling, reinforcing social skills, and changing their attitudes and erroneous beliefs related to gambling.

    Sound interesting? You can experience the game trailer on the You Tube example by clicking here

    Wanna Bet:

    (Kids don’t Gamble…wanna Bet?)

    This 2-3 session program on gambling is for elementary and middle school students (grades 3-8). This curriculum provides education and awareness so youth will be able to make healthier choices for their future.

    Know Limits:

    This one session program is intended for 5th grade and up. The primary message to young people reinforced by this question and answer game is to know your limits when it comes to gambling.

    Leaps & Bounds:

    Leaps and Bounds is a prevention program that utilizes best practices in substance abuse and gambling prevention. Available to youth in grades 4-6, Leaps and Bounds follows an eight session curriculum which aims to encourage youth to make positive decisions in regard to alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use, as well as gambling.

    Speaking Engagements:

    Speaking engagements are one-time educational presentations presented to targeted populations.. A Gambling Prevention Specialist is available to present a tailored, educational presentation for your target population. These may include:

    • High Risk Youth
    • Mental Health
    • Older Adults
    • College Students
    • Drug and Alcohol Consumers
    • General population

    In-Service Trainings:

    In-service trainings will provide an overview of problem gambling, screening and treatment resources to mental health & drug and alcohol providers, homeless services, older adults, youth and families, law enforcement officials, and medical personnel.

    For additional information, or to schedule one of the gambling programs in Chester County, please contact Christine Dziembowski by email at: Christine.Dziembowski@holcombbhs.org or Juan Tapia by email at: Juan.Tapia@holcombbhs.org or both by phone at: (610) 363-1488.

    This project is funded by the Chester County Department of Drug & Alcohol Services, under a contract with the Pennsylvania Department of Health. Basic data for use in this study were supplied by the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The Department takes no part in and is in no way responsible for any analyses, interpretations or conclusions.

  • Parenting Programs

    Holcomb offers a variety of different parenting programs and, thanks to funding from the Chester County Department of Drug & Alcohol Services, these programs are FREE to Chester County parents.

    Parenting Wisely

    This program is available in 2 versions; Young Children (for parents of children ages 3-12) and American Teen (for parents of adolescents ages 10-18).  PW provides multiple solutions to common problem behaviors; and critiques effective and ineffective parenting methods.

    Click here for more information

     Active Parenting of Teens

    This program will gives the guidance and support parents need to turn the challenges of raising a teenager into opportunities for growth.

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    Padres Activos de Hoy

    Parents learn how to build courage and self-esteem, communication skills, win cooperation from their child, use family meetings to solve problems, and emphasize the family unit.

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  • Parenting Wisely

    Every parent tries to do their best to raise their children to be good adult members of society. Few of us ever receive formal training in parenting skills because they are rarely taught in schools, communities or families. What we tend to do is repeat the kind of parenting which was used by our own parents – but few of our own parents were taught skills! It’s not surprising we often feel frustrated when our best efforts to discipline and teach our kids good behavior result in family disagreements or are ineffective.

    During this interactive workshop, parents will learn how to:

    • Reduce problem behaviors
    • Increase communication & family unity
    • Motivate children toward respectful behaviors
    • Encourage nonviolent conflict resolution

    Parenting Wisely is a FREE interactive parenting program that addresses these and other common problem behaviors!

    Parenting Wisely Young Children is an Evidence-based program proven to help parents learn the skills for the healthy well-balanced raising of children from age 3 to 10. Proven to increase communication and family unity, Parenting Wisely offers well documented and tested solutions and skills that guarantee results!

    You Can Complete Parenting Wisely by:

    Individual appointment: Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm

    at

    Holcomb Behavioral Health Systems
    467 Creamery Way
    Exton, PA 19341

    –OR–

    Schedule a Parenting Wisely facilitator to present to your Parent Group!

    To schedule Parenting Wisely, please contact: Luis Benites at 610-388-7400 or by email at: Luis.Benites@holcombbhs.org

    Parenting Wisely is coordinated by Holcomb Behavioral Health Systems and funded by the Chester County Department of Drug & Alcohol Services.

  • Active Parenting of Teens

    A comprehensive video-based parenting program for parents of teens and tweens. The program helps parents gain confidence and courage to meet the challenges of parenting through improving discipline, communication and family bonding.

    To read more about this program in Spanish! Click Paternidad Activa de Adolescentes (en español)

    Active Parenting of Teens will give you the guidance and support you need to turn the challenges of raising a teenager into opportunities for growth. It will show you that you can create harmony and stability in your family while communicating to your teens to how to be responsible and confident.

    Parents will learn skills for:

    • Communicating effectively with their teens
    • Preventing the use of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs
    • Disciplining while teaching responsibility
    • Encouraging the development of self-esteem & character
    • Redirecting misbehavior
    • Encouraging nonviolent conflict resolution

    You’ll leave each session of Active Parenting of Teens energized and motivated to make positive and realistic changes in your own family’s daily life!

    For additional information about Active Parenting of Teens , please contact: Luis Benites at 610-388-7400 or by email at: Luis.Benites@holcombbhs.org

    This program is funded through the County of Chester, Dept. of Drug & Alcohol Services and the PA Dept. of Health, Bureau of Drug & Alcohol Programs.

  • Padres Activos de Hoy

    Padres Activos de Hoy features all-new video with Latino actors and is designed for three sessions lasting 2 hours each, but it is flexible enough to fit different needs.

    To read more about this program in Spanish! Click Padres Activos de hoy (en español)

    It addresses concerns unique to this audience, including:

    1. How parenting practices must fit the society for which we are raising our children (a special challenge for first-generation

    immigrant parents)

    1. The presence of the extended family in the home
    2. Encouraging daughters as well as sons to succeed
    3. The importance of learning the language of the land.

    Parents also learn how to build courage and self-esteem, communication skills, win cooperation from their child, use family meetings to solve problems, and emphasize the family unit.

    For additional information about Padre Activos de Hoy , please contact: Luis Benites at 610-388-7400 or by email at: Luis.Benites@holcombbhs.org

  • Latino Programs

    Holcomb Behavioral Health System’s Prevention and Education Department is doing it’s part to meet the prevention needs of Chester County. By doing so, we have created programs that are specific to the Latino and Spanish population. Below you will find a few programs that are spotlighted, however, you may always contact us for additional inquires as we have bi-lingual prevention specialists on staff that can help!

    The Latino Advisory Board (LAB) (click here)LAB connects organizations to communicate and collaborate to best serve the community and decrease barriers.

    The Latino Advisory Board (LAB) (en español) (click here)LAB se conecta a las organizaciones a comunicarse y colaborar para servir mejor a la comunidad y disminuir las barreras.

    Paternidad Activa de Adolescentes (en español) (click here)(Active Parenting in Spanish)

    Un programa para los padres basado en video completo para padres de adolescentes y preadolescentes. El programa ayuda a los padres a adquirir confianza y coraje para afrontar los retos de la paternidad a través de la mejora de la disciplina, la comunicación y la vinculación de la familia..

    Padres Activos De Hoy (en español) (click here)Padres Activos de hoy cuenta con todos los nuevos videos con actores Latinos y esta diseñado para una duración de tres sesiones de 2 horas cada una, pero es lo suficientemente flexible como para adaptarse a diferentes necesidades.

    Babes (en español) (click here)El inicio de conciencia en estudios básicos. (The Beginning Awareness Basic Education Studies BABES) Es un programa primordial para niños que asisten kinder a sequndo grado. BABES ofrece información sobre el alcohol y otras drogas, introduce la toma de decisiones y habilidades de afrontamiento, y trabaja para aumentar la auto-conciencia de los niños. La meta de BABES es ayudar a los niños vivir una vida feliz, saludable y libre de drogas.

    Safe Dates (en español) (click here)Citas Sanas es un programa de 6 sesiones para estudiantes de secundaria y preparatoria. Esta diseñado para prevenir la iniciación de sexual abuso, físico y emocional entre noviazgos. Citas Sanas es un programa basado en evidencias, y a sido identificado como programa modelo en el Registro Nacional de Programas Eficaces (NREP).

    Say It Straight (en español) (click here)Dilo claro (Say It Straight) es un programa basado en investigación y formación que resulta en el empoderamiento de comunicación y el comportamiento, mayor conciencia de si mismo, auto eficacia, responsabilidades personales y sociales, relaciones positivas y una mejor vida.

  • Latino Advisory Board (LAB)

    Crea.Conecta.Comunica ~ Create.Connect.Communicate.

                                                                                                                                                           What is the Latino Advisory Board?

    The Latino Advisory Board (LAB) was created in March of 2011. It is Coordinated by Holcomb Behavioral Health Systems and funded by the Chester County Department of Mental Health/Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities. Its purpose is to conduct a needs assessment, build workforce capacity, identify and implement evidence-based, culturally appropriate programs and continually evaluate the ongoing mental health and drug & alcohol prevention and intervention needs of the Latino community in Chester County.

    The LAB serves as a way for organizations in the mental health, education, and public safety/health sectors to participate in the creation and implementation of programs and resources for the Latino communities of Chester County . The LAB also serves as a way to connect organizations to increase communicate, exchanging of ideas and/or issues with one another. New organizations are always welcome to join!

    To view this page in Spanish! click here for Latino Advisory Board (en español)

    LAB Goals:

    • Identify priority health issues and gaps in services, specifically related to mental health and substance abuse
    • Decrease barriers to accessing services
    • Develop a comprehensive Strategic Plan and select appropriate evidence-based prevention programs, policies, and/or practices
    • Continually evaluate strategic plan and programs
    • Connect organizations to communicate and collaborate to best serve the Latino community!

    Contact Us:

    If you would like to participate in LAB or for more information, please contact Chrissie Dziembowski or Juan Tapia.

    Christine Dziembowski, Prevention Specialist II
    126 East Baltimore Pike
    Media, Pa 19063
    Phone: 484-444-0412
    Christine.Dziembowski@holcombbhs.org

    Luis Benites, Prevention Specialist
    920 East Baltimore Pike
    Kennett Square, PA. 19348
    Phone: 610-388-7400
    Luis.Benites@holcombbhs.org

    The LAB is Coordinated by Holcomb Behavioral Health Systems and funded by the Chester County Department of Mental Health/Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities.

  • Latino Advisory Board (LAB) (en español)

    Crea.Conecta.Comunica. ~ Create.Connect.Communicate.

                                                                                                                                                                  ¿Que es el Consejo Latino?

    El Consejo Latino fue creado en marzo del 2011. Es coordinado por Holcomb Behavioral Health Systems Prevención & Educación y financiado por el Departamento de Servicios Humanos del Condado de Chester. Sus propósitos son hacer una evaluación de las necesidades en la comunidad, desarrollar la capacidad laborar, identificar y implementar programas basados en evidencia culturalmente apropiados y continuamente evaluar las necesidades de prevención y intervención de la salud mental y prevención del uso de drogas & alcoholismo de la comunidad Latina en el Condado de Chester.

    El Consejo Latino sirve como una manera para que las organizaciones de salud mental, educación y  sectores públicos de seguridad/salud participen en la creación e implementación de programas y recursos para la comunidad Latina.

                                                                                                         Para ver esta página en Inglés! haga clic aquí para Latino Advisory Board

    Los Objetivos del Consejo Latino son:

    • Identificar los problemas prioritarios de salud y las deficiencias en los servicios, específicamente relacionados con la salud mental y abuso de sustancias.
    • Reducir las barreras al acceso de servicios.
    • Desarrollar un plan estratégico integral y seleccionar programas apropiados basados en la evidencia de prevención, políticas practicas.
    • Evaluar continuamente el plan estratégico y los programas.
    • Conectar a las organizaciones comunitarias y colaborar para servir mejor a la comunidad Latina.

    Contáctenos:

    Si le gustaría participar en el Consejo Latino o si le gustaría más información, por favor contacte a Juan Tapia

    Juan Tapia, Especialista en Prevencion
    920 East Baltimore Pike
    Kennett Square, PA. 19348
    Teléfono: 610-388-7400
    Juan.Tapia@holcombbhs.org

    El Consejo Latino es coordinado por Holcomb Behavioral Health Systems Prevención & Educación y financiado por el Departamento de Servicios Humanos del condado de Chester.

  • Paternidad Activa de Adolescentes (en español)

    Un programa para los padres basado en video completo para padres de adolescentes y preadolescentes. El programa ayuda a los padres a adquirir confianza y coraje para afrontar los retos de la paternidad a través de la mejora de la disciplina, la comunicación y la vinculación de la familia.

    Para leer más sobre este programa en Inglés! Click Active Parenting of Teens

    Paternidad Activa de Adolescentes es un programa GRATUITO para padres de adolescentes. Esta nueva edición le proporcionará a los padres la seguridad y valentía necesaria para enfrentar los retos (y disfrutar las alegrías) que trae consigo la adolescencia de nuestros hijos.

    Los padres aprenderán habilidades para:

    • Reducir los problemas de comportamiento
    • Ganar Cooperación
    • Aumentar la Responsabilidad y Disciplina
    • Hablar sobre drogas, Sexualidad, y Violencia
    • El desarrollo del cerebro en el adolescente y cómo éste afecta su comportamiento y su toma de decisiones

    Vas a dejar cada sesión de Padres Activos de Adolescentes energizado y motivado para hacer cambios positivos y realistas en la vida diaria de su propia familia!

    Para registrarse por favor contacte a Luis Benites al 610-388-7400 o para correo electrónico: Luis.Benites@holcombbhs.org

    Paternidad Activa de Adolescentes es coordinado por Holcomb Sistemas de Salud Mental y financiado por el Chester Departamento de Drogas y Alcohol del Condado de Programas.

  • Padres Activos de hoy (en español)

    Padres Activos de hoy cuenta con todos los nuevos videos con actores Latinos y esta diseñado para una duración de tres sesiones de 2 horas cada una, pero es lo suficientemente flexible como para adaptarse a diferentes necesidades.

    Para leer más sobre este programa en Inglés! Haga clic en Padres Activos de Hoy

    Toca temas que preocupan tales como:

    1. Como es que nuestros hijos deben ser educados conforme a la sociedad en la que vivimos (un reto especialmente para la primera generación de padres inmigrantes).
    2. La presencia de otros miembros de la familia.
    3. Animar a las hijas, así como a los hijos a tener éxito.
    4. La importancia de aprender el idioma.

    Los padres también aprenden como crear valor y autoestima, habilidades de comunicación, ganar la cooperación de su hijo, usar las reuniones familiares para resolver problemas y enfatizar la unión familiar.

    Para información adicional en Padres Activos de Hoy , por favor contacte a Luis Benites al 610-388-7400 o le puede enviar un correo electrónico a: Luis.Benites@holcombbhs.org

  • BABES (en español)

    ¿Que es BABES?

    El inicio de conciencia en estudios básicos. (The Beginning Awareness Basic Education Studies BABES) Es un programa primordial para niños que asisten kinder a sequndo grado. BABES ofrece información sobre el alcohol y otras drogas, introduce la toma de decisiones y habilidades de afrontamiento, y trabaja para aumentar la auto-conciencia de los niños. La meta de BABES es ayudar a los niños vivir una vida feliz, saludable y libre de drogas.

    El programa utiliza siete títeres que introducen información objetiva, sin perjuicios acerca del alcohol y otras drogas, como tomar buenas decisiones y habilidades de afrontamiento. BABES se presenta en siete clases, usualmente una vez a la semana.

    Cualquier escuela en el Condado de Chester (publica o privada) puede pedir el programa de BABES con tan solo llamar a la oficina de Holcomb Behavioral Health Systems. Voluntarios y personal capacitados y preparados presentan BABES a mas de 500 niños cada año. En el otoño la información es mandada a cada primaria en el Condado de Chester.

    Presentadores capacitados en BABES pueden ofrecer este programa en su escuela sin ningún costo, gracias a la fundación proporcionada por el Departamento de Drogas & Alcohol del Condado de Chester.

    BABES (en español) también disponible en Inglés! haga clic aquí para BABES

    Para obtener más información acerca de tener este programa en Inglés, por favor póngase en contacto con: Christine Dziembowski al 610-363-1488 o por correo electrónico  Christine.Dziembowski@holcombbhs.org

    Las clases de BABES

    #1 Imagen de uno mismo y nuestros sentimientos

    Esta lección enseña que es importante reconocer y comunicar nuestros sentimientos. Presenta “imagen de uno mismo” y enseña que todos somos especiales.

    #2 Toma de decisiones y presión de grupo

    Enseña a reconocer la presión de grupo y como hacerle frente. Esta lección enseña los pasos para tomar decisiones responsables.

    #3 Habilidades de afrontamiento

    Esta lección enseña que unas cosas si se pueden cambiar y otras no. También habla de como hacer frente a situaciones no muy agradables.

    #4 Información Sobre alcohol y otras drogas

    Lección 4 explica que el alcohol es una droga y que afecta la mente y el cuerpo. También enseña que tomar alcohol siendo menor de 21 años es en contra de la ley y que siempre es en contra de la ley usar drogas.

    #5 Obtención de ayuda

    Esta bien fallar la primera vez. Siempre puedes intentar de nuevo. Esta lección enseña que es muy importante pedir ayuda cuando en verdad es necesitada.

    #6 Ayuda para el niño que vive en un hogar de dependencia quimica

    Esta lección enseña que esta mal lastimar a los niños o tocarlos de una manera inapropiada. Si llega a pasar, tienen que sentirse cómodos en contarle a alguien en quien confíen.

    #7 Lección final

    Las lecciones anteriores son repasadas y los niños reciben un certificado de finalización del programa de BABES.

    Comentarios de padres:

    “Yo creo que es importante que se enteren de esto en el hogar y en la escuela, ya que refuerza los temas.”

    “Yo siento que es importante enseñarle a nuestros hijos a temprana edad acerca de las drogas, el alcohol, etc. Para que ellos puedan tomar buenas decisiones cuando se enfrente a tal situación y presión de los compañeros.”

    “El relaciono historias del programa que lo ayudaron entender la presión de compañeros y que las drogas son malas.”

    Comentarios de Maestros:

    “Yo disfrute mucho el programa de BABES. Los niños aprendieron mucha información y hablaron de las palabras clave y de los títeres el resto del año escolar.”

    “Me gusto mucho el programa. Es muy informativo y una manera divertida para que los niños aprendan.”

    “Los niños disfrutaron ver a los títeres y la información estaba a su nivel.”

    Le interesa convertirse en BABES Voluntario?

    BABES Siempre se necesitan voluntarios para convertirse en presentadores BABES. Presentadores voluntarios reciben capacitación y apoyo continuo de nuestra agencia. Los requisitos son saber leer bien, no ser crítico, el transporte de uno mismo a las escuelas y, por supuesto, disfrutar de trabajar con niños.

    ¿Quién puede ser BABES Voluntario?

    Los consejeros, los maestros, los padres, la policía, clero, líderes scouts, ancianos, gente de negocios, y los jóvenes pueden ser BABES presentadores. Si usted es una persona que cuida caliente, y sin prejuicios, que es sensible a las necesidades de los niños pequeños, puede ser un presentador BABES.

    Para más información en Español, por favor hable con Juan Tapia al 610-388-7400 o por correo electrónico Juan.Tapia@holcombbhs.org

  • Safe Dates (en español)

    Citas Sanas es un programa de 6 sesiones para estudiantes de secundaria y preparatoria. Esta diseñado para prevenir la iniciación de sexual abuso, físico y emocional entre noviazgos. Citas Sanas es un programa basado en evidencias, y a sido identificado como programa modelo en el Registro Nacional de Programas Eficaces (NREP). Se a comprobado ser efectivo en ambos prevenir perpetración y en la reducción de la perpetración de los adolescentes que ya están usando la violencia en sus noviazgos. Los adolescentes que han participado en el programa aceptan menos el abuso en los noviazgos, tienen una mejor comunicación y habilidades de manejo de ira. Son menos probables en estereotipar en sexo tienen mayor conocimiento de los servicios de la comunidad para el abuso de noviazgos.

    Citas Seguras también está disponible en Inglés! haga clic aquí para Citas Seguras

    Para obtener más información acerca de tener este programa en Inglés, por favor póngase en contacto con: Christine Dziembowski at 610-363-1488 o por correo electrónico:Christine.Dziembowski@holcombbhs.org

    Sesión 1: Definir Relaciones Sanas

    A través de un juego de bingo y una conversación de clases, se les presenta a los estudiantes al programa Citas Sanas. Ellos evalúan como quieren que los traten en su relación.

    Sesión 2: Definiendo Relaciones Abusivas

    A través de una discusión de escenarios y la revisión de estadísticas, los estudiantes claramente identifican que es una relación abusive

    Sesión 3: ¿Por que la gente abusa?

    A través de una conversación en grupos grandes y pequeños, y la revisión de escenarios, los estudiantes identifican las causas y consecuencias de una relación abusive.

    Sesión 4: ¿Como ayudar a nuestros amigos?

    A través de un ejercicio de toma de decisiones, una lectura dramática, y la introducción de “La rueda de Amigo,” los estudiantes aprenden por que es tan difícil dejar una relación abusiva y como pueden ayudar a su amigo o amiga que esta en una relación abusive.

    Sesión 5: Ayudando Amigos

    A través de una historia y juegos de rol, los estudiantes practican habilidades efectivas de como ayudar a un amigo que es victima de abuso o enfrentar a los amigos que son los autores de abuso.

    Sesión 6: Superación de Estereotipos de Sexo

    A través de un ejerció de escritura, discusión en grupos pequeños y escenarios, los estudiantes aprender sobre estereotipos de sexo como estos estereotipos pueden afectar un noviazgo.

    Sesión 7: Igualdad de Poder a través de la Comunicación

    Los estudiantes aprenden las ocho habilidades efectivas de comunicación y practican estas habilidades en una variedad de juegos de rol.

    Sesión 8: Como nos sentimos, Como actuamos

    A través de uso de un diario de sentimientos y una discusión de “botones de reacción,” los estudiantes aprenden maneras efectivas de como reconocer controlar el enojo, para que no llegue al grado de abuso.

    Sesión 9: Prevenir Abuso Sexual

    A través de tomar un examen, crear un comité y un grupo de compañeros, los estudiantes aprenden acerca los problemas del abuso sexual y como evitar que suceda.

    Para más información en español, por favor contacte a : Juan Tapia at 610-363-1488 o por correo electrónico: Juan.Tapia@holcombbhs.org

    Este programa es coordinado por Holcomb Behavioral Health Systems Prevención & Educación y financiado por el Departamento de Servicios de Drogas & Alcohol del Condado de Chester.

  • Say It Straight (en español)

    Dilo claro (Say It Straight) es un programa basado en investigación y formación que resulta en el empoderamiento de comunicación y el comportamiento, mayor conciencia de si mismo, auto eficacia, responsabilidades personales y sociales, relaciones positivas y una mejor vida. Tambien disminución de hostilidad, comportamientos arriesgosos o destructivos como el uso de alcohol, tabaco y otras drogas, problemas alimenticios, intimidación, violencia, comportamiento sexual precoz, y comportamientos que llevan al VIH/SIDA.

    Say It Straight también está disponible en Inglés! haga clic aquí para Say It Straight

    Para obtener más información acerca de tener este programa en Inglés, por favor póngase en contacto con: Christine Dziembowski al: 610-363-1488 o por correo electrónico Christine.Dziembowski@holcombbhs.org

    Tú lo dices claro cuando…

    Me cuento a mi mismo, Te cuento a ti y cuento nuestros problemas.

    Expreso mis decisiones sin excusa..

    Me valoro, y respeto tus derechos

    Yo cuento mis sentimientos y los tuyos.

    Expreso mis pensamientos y sentimientos honestamente.

    ¿Por qué Decirlo Claro?

    -Ha comprobado ser muy eficaz en la prevención de comportamientos arriegosos o destructivos, como el uso de alcohol, tabaco, otras drogas, aislamiento, violencia, el abandono escolar y embarazo en la adolescencia.

    -Promueve bienestar, responsabilidades personales y sociales, mejor autoestima y relaciones positivas.

    -Mejora la calidad de vida con la familia, amigos, escuela y comunidad..

    Presente Dilo Claro…

    Especialistas en Prevención de Holcomb están disponibles para presentar este programa a su escuela, grupo de jóvenes, o grupo de padres. No cuesta nada. Este programa es 6 a 10 sesiones de semana y se puede presentar de forma que funcione para su grupo.

    Para más información sobre este programa en español, por favor contacte a Luis Benites al: 610-388-7400 o por correo electrónico: Luis.Benites@holcombbhs.org

    Este programa es coordinado por Holcomb Behavioral Health Systems Prevención & Educación y fundado por el Departamento de Servicios de Drogas & Alcohol del Condado de Chester.

Resources

Web Links

*This page is currently being updated with new links and resources.

Thank you for your patience during this time. We encourage your suggestions. If you would like to suggest a link to be shown here, please e-mail Aerielle at Aerielle.Waters@holcombbhs.org

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AGENCIES:

CHESTER COUNTY GOVERNMENT:

Chester County Government Center
Provides general information on elected officials, departments and resources, voting, and local, state and federal information.

Chester County Department of Drug & Alcohol Services

PENNSYLVANIA STATE GOVERNMENT AGENCIES:

YOUTH HEALTH:

Idealist Kids and Teens
If you’re young, curious, optimistic, seeking help, or looking to help others, this part of Idealist is for you. Find resources and information on how to start a project to help your local and/or global community, information about youth volunteering, nonprofit Web sites for young people dealing with issues like human rights, the environment and the arts and other organizations that can help you with personal questions and problems.

Impact Teen
Impact Teen is part of Bridging the Gap: Research Informing Practice for Healthy Youth Behavior supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and administered by the University of Illinois at Chicago. The site contains research and news releases pertaining to substance abuse.

Sara’s Quest
Learn about the brain’s responses to drugs.

Students Against Destructive Decisions
(SADD) is a peer leadership organization dedicated to preventing underage drinking and drug use by focusing attention on the potentially life threatening consequences of destructive decisions involving issues such as not wearing a safety belt, smoking, steroid use, violence, sexually transmitted diseases and suicide.

too SMART to START
The short- and long-term consequences that arise from underage alcohol consumption are astonishing in their range and magnitude, adversely affecting adolescents, the people around them, and society as a whole. When you are armed with the facts, you can choose not to drink alcohol.

CDC Fact Sheets- Underage Drinking
Alcohol use by persons under age 21 years is a major public health problem. Alcohol is the most commonly used and abused drug among youth in the United States, more than tobacco and illicit drugs1, and is responsible for more than 4,300 annual deaths among underage youth.

The Truth.com
Their objective is to make sure every person gets to know the facts about tobacco.

PARENTING:

National Families In Action (NFIA)

Parents Involved Network (PIN)
Of the Mental Health Association of Southeastern PA.

The Parent Corps
The Parent Corps is a new drug-prevention initiative of President George W. Bush that acknowledges the power of parents and supports them by giving them the tools they need to keep their children drug-free.

Families Anonymous
Families Anonymous is a free twelve-step program for persons concerned about someone else’s drug, alcohol, or related behavioral problems.

Mother’s Against Drunk Driving (MADD)

Family Works, Inc
Home of the Parenting Wisely Program

Addiction Studies Program for Journalists
A collaboration between NFIA and Wake Forest University School of Medicine

The New Basics
A-to-Z Baby & Child Care for the Modern Parent

Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania

Chester County Intermediate Unit

BEHAVIORAL HEALTH RESOURCES:

The Chimes, Inc.
An international multi-service agency, Chimes delivers a wide range of programs, services and supports for nearly 10,000 people of all ages and many levels of ability. The Chimes Family of Services includes agencies in six states, the District of Columbia, and Israel assisting people with disabilities including mental retardation, mental illness and other disabilities by offering the following: Educational Services, Employment, Residential Services, Medical Day Habilitation, Supported Living Services, Clinical Services, Senior Living Services, Substance Abuse Services, Respite Assistance, Prevention and Education Programs, Vocational Evaluation, Vocational Training, Psycho-Social Programs, Work Opportunities, Psychiatric Clinics and Placement Assistance.

Northwestern Human Services
(NHS) NHS, a not-for-profit corporation, is a leading provider of community based behavioral health, mental retardation, juvenile justice and other human services to the public sector.

Main Line Health – Behavioral Health
Main Line Health has uniquely designated behavioral health centers, each specializing in a level of care and treatment -and for families coping with issues like psychiatric disorders, addictions or other disorders that affect one’s sense of well being and participation in life.

DRUG & ALCOHOL:

NATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS:

Community Anti Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA)

COMMUNITY:

Chester County Tobacco-Free Coalition

Chester County Medical Society (CCMS)
A professional organization for physician members (medical and osteopathic doctors), affiliated with the Pennsylvania Medical Society and the American Medical Association

 

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Prevention/Education Dept.

Exton Office
467 Creamery Way
Exton, PA 19341
Phone: (610) 363-1488
Fax: (610) 363-8273
Office Hours: Monday – Friday: 9am – 5pm

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Prevention/Education Dept.

Kennett Square Office
920 East Baltimore Pike
Kennett Square, PA 19348
Phone: (610) 388-7400
Fax: (610) 388-7407
Office Hours: Monday – Friday: 9am – 5pm

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