Celebrating Families!: Culturally sensitive Celebrating Families! facilitators serve as role models and advocates to help participants acquire education and life skills that support their successful substance abuse prevention or recovery efforts. Their role is to create a safe and consistent learning environment for the participants. Rather than “teach” in the traditional sense, their role is to provide participants with information and strategies to facilitate their learning new skills and behaviors. The goal is to engage participants in sharing their ideas with other parents and the facilitators, so that everyone can learn from each other. Learning activities/techniques include:
– Role-playing and related debriefings
– Discussion of healthy living skills and strategies
– Sharing and discussion
Each session specifically addresses substance use as related to prevention (such as how nutrition relates to brain chemistry). Although the program was originally developed for parents in early recovery, it has been used in broader community setting with parents/families at high-risk for substance abuse.
Designated topics for each class focus on teaching participants:
– The facts about alcohol, tobacco, prescription and illegal drug use
– How alcohol, tobacco, prescription and illegal drugs affect an individual’s body, mind, and emotions
– How alcohol, tobacco, prescription and illegal drugs affect children, families and relationships
– How addiction can be faced with courage, creativity and detachment.
Recovery Meetings: The ConXión facility is a used as a host site for AA and NA meeting which are offered in the mornings and evenings. Program participants are allowed time out of class to attend these (AA and NA) meetings. Please check with the Case Manager regarding days and times.
The purpose of the talking circle is to create a safe, non-judgmental, place to discuss an issue or react to something/someone that allows the opportunity for each person to speak, without interruption. The intent is to engage a sharing of authentic personal reactions and feelings that are owned by each individual and acknowledged by others, without judgment or condemnation.
Talking circles, sometimes referred to as healing circles, are deeply rooted in the traditional practices of indigenous people. In North America, they are widely used among the First Nation people of Canada and the hundreds of tribes of Native Americans in this country. The circle process establishes a very different style of communications than most from European tradition are used to. Rather than aggressive debate and challenging each other, often involving only a few more assertive individuals, the circle process establishes a safe non-hierarchical place in which all present have the opportunity to speak without interruptions. Rather than active verbal facilitation, communication is regulated through the passing of a talking piece (an object of special meaning or symbolism). The talking piece fosters respectful listening and reflection. It prevents one to one debating or attacking.
A County of Santa Clara Juvenile Probation program focusing on engaging probation youth into pro-social activities. Youth problem behaviors, such as truancy, violence, and substance use, are alarming to parents, teachers and youth alike. These behaviors disrupt the learning environment and lead to serious social and economic problems. Researchers and teachers have long suggested that extracurricular activity participation can be an important source of positive influence in the lives of youth. ConXión offers probation youth over 60-activities that engages youth in positive activities—a process of combining interests and abilities.
Our mentoring programs are designed to help youth with challenging behaviors to develop positive behavior strategies needed to make healthy and socially acceptable choices. Mentors support youth in understanding they have the ability to make new life choices regardless of their past and current life circumstances.