The Seven Challenges Is a Nationally Recognized Program


How is The Seven Challenges Program Used?

The Seven Challenges works closely with organizations, providing the training, tools and support necessary to successfully use the Program with young people. We have developed implementation strategies to help organizations attain Program sustainability and systems for monitoring their fidelity to the model.

Below is a brief summary of the training and support services provided by The Seven Challenges:

We help the leadership team in an organization develop an understanding of The Seven Challenges program so they are prepared to support their team's training and counseling process. We offer assistance with strategies for educating the community and referral sources about The Seven Challenges.  This helps to create an environment of understanding in which youth are supported through their counseling and treatment process.

We provide an on-site, 3-day Initial Training for the counselors who will be using the Program, as well as the clinical supervisors. The organization is also encouraged to have employees such as youth care workers, assistant group facilitators, or caseworkers who will be working with youth, attend the Initial Training. This training prepares counselors to immediately begin providing The Seven Challenges Program.

The organization will have an opportunity to select their Seven Challenges Leaders. Leaders attend an additional three day Leader Training which teaches advanced Program skills and how to supervise counselors delivering the service. Leaders help their organization maintain Program fidelity, participate in quarterly Support Calls with a Seven Challenges trainer, and are also taught how to facilitate the Initial Training for staff and counselors when there is turnover. The Leaders are key to creating Program sustainability.

Implementation assistance begins soon after the Initial Training with the first Support Call between The Seven Challenges trainer and the Leaders. This quarterly conference call is designed to provide assistance with clinical and implementation questions.

An on-site Support/Fidelity Visit takes place about ten months after the Initial Training, and annually thereafter. During this Visit, further training on Seven Challenges skills is provided, plus counselors and Leaders receive more help with their clinical and implementation questions. Extra time is spent helping the Leaders with supervision issues and counselor and staff training efforts. A Seven Challenges session is observed with feedback provided to the facilitating counselor and Leaders. The Leaders and Seven Challenges trainer work together during this Visit to develop plans for strengthening the Program within the organization.

Clinical and implementation assistance from The Seven Challenges team is always available outside of scheduled calls and on-site visits.

The Seven Challenges

We decided to open up and talk honestly about ourselves and about alcohol and other drugs.

We looked at what we liked about alcohol and other drugs, and why we were using them.

We looked at our use of alcohol and other drugs to see if it has caused harm or could cause harm.

We looked at our responsibility and the responsibility of others for our problems.

We thought about where we seemed to be headed, where we wanted to go, and what we wanted to accomplish.

We made thoughtful decisions about our lives and about our use of alcohol and other drugs.

We followed through on our decisions about our lives and drug use. If we saw problems, we went back to earlier challenges and mastered them.

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