The ADAPT program’s 12 sessions teach fundamental skills such as:
- Effective problem solving
- Decision making
- Refusing drugs
- Effective communication
- Anger management
Students practice using strategies in the context of issues they are experiencing. Sessions include guided practice in and out of school with strategies such as: behavioral mapping, identifying triggers, role-playing, and practicing skills in context.
A school professional facilitates sessions, which last from 45 to 60 minutes. We encourage facilitators to customize sessions to fit the needs of their school settings.
ADAPT includes in-session worksheets, homework assignments, and other tools for group facilitators. Where appropriate, forms can be modified with school- or community-specific information.
Field-testing showed reductions in depressive symptoms, increases in self-esteem, and good rates of abstinence for substance use.