Welcome to The Seven Challenges

 Leap of Power Training Opportunity

March 24, 2021 -- 12 pm to 4 pm Eastern Time


What is The Seven Challenges?

The Seven Challenges® is a comprehensive counseling program that incorporates work on alcohol and other drug problems. It is designed to motivate clients, whether they are in the adult or adolescent version, to evaluate their lives, consider changes they may wish to make, and then succeed in implementing the desired changes. It supports them in taking power over their own lives.

In The Seven Challenges program, people address their drug problems, their co-occurring life skill deficits, and their situational and psychological problems. Although counselors in the program provide a structure for groups and a framework for individual sessions, the content of each session is exceptionally flexible, in response to the immediate needs of the client. It is not pre-scripted.

The Seven Challenges uses an approach called “Mastery CounselingTM,” which helps people look at what is happening in their lives. They learn to recognize what is going well and what is problematic. Whatever is not going well, or as well as they would like it to be going, is identified as an “issue.” In Seven Challenges sessions, counselors teach people to work on their issues. As they do their work, the “challenge process” is used to help them make thoughtful decisions, including about drugs.

We do not fit clients, whether young people or adults, into our program; rather, we wrap the program around the concerns of the people we serve.


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Leap of Power is based on evidence that people are strong and capable, and can take charge of their own lives, including their use of alcohol and other drugs. It supports readers in respectfully evaluating the impact of drugs on their lives, without judgment and put-downs of any sort, and without an agenda of telling them how to behave.

Readers who have a drug problem and want to make changes will find help in evaluating their options and detailed guidance on how to succeed with either setting new limits or quitting. Readers who are uncertain whether or not they have a drug problem will find help in making their own determination about the matter.

This book is used by organizations that are trained to facilitate The Seven Challenges sessions for adults. Even counselors who have not been trained in The Seven Challenges will find Leap of Power to be helpful by adding another empowering and helpful voice to the counseling room.


Leap of Power Training Opportunity

March 24, 2021 -- 12 pm to 4 pm Eastern Time

Attendance is limited and the registration form can be downloaded here.


All therapists work with clients who either present with alcohol and other drug problems or have such problems that might emerge later in sessions or remain hidden from view. This workshop is designed to provide both mental health and drug therapists with skills and an approach to working with these clients, as well as the confidence to proceed. The core of the training will be about applying the framework outlined in the book, Leap of Power: Take Control of Alcohol, Drugs, and Your Life, which serves as a resource that counselors can use as an adjunct in counseling.


Participants may wish to adapt the material to their current approach to working with drug issues and other life problems or use it to entirely structure their approach. Practical skills, including some from The Seven Challenges program, will be taught and practiced. The implementation of structured client activities described in the book will be incorporated in the training.


Topics include:

  • Relaxed ways to start a non-judgmental and empowering discussion of drugs with clients
  • Thoughtful ways to respond to clients who bring up alcohol and other drug issues
  • How to introduce and adapt Leap of Power to your work
  • Strategies for promoting honest disclosure and motivating change
  • Messaging that enables clients to reflect on how their drug use emerged in the context of life circumstances and co-occurring issues
  • The identification of co-occurring situational and psychological problems
  • Strategies to promote informed decision-making about drugs (harm reduction or abstinence)
  • Behavior-change strategies that empower clients to overcome drug problems (ranging from minor ones to addiction)
  • A framework for monitoring and maintaining accountability in behavior change
  • The basic relapse prevention skills described in Leap of Power.


Prerequisite: Read Leap of Power: Take Control of Alcohol, Drugs, and Your Life, by Robert Schwebel, Ph.D.before the training. Amazon carries the book: https://amzn.to/2PWl0JR


The Seven Challenges

Improves client engagement with holistic counseling, balancing work on drug and other problems.

Helps clients identify and clarify their own issues and concerns and understand them in the context of life circumstances.

Promotes mindful self-awareness and teaches decision-making skills.

Increases emotional literacy by teaching about trusting & respectful relationships and building resilience in the face of setbacks.

Supports plans for success and individualizes relapse prevention.

Helps clients take power over their lives, including use of alcohol & other drugs.

Counseling without shame, blame or stigma.

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