Positive Alternatives (PAs) are activities which allow youth to master new skills, bond with their peers, school, and community, and give them an alternative option instead of using of using alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs. The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) requires prevention funded programs to provide PAs regularly. This training will give in-depth examples of activities that can be used, and will also provide time for participants to generate ideas for new activities.

Objectives:

Participants will be able to name/explain/use:

  • In-depth examples of activities that can be used as Positive Alternatives
  • Generating new activities
  • A handout with more than 25 – 45 Positive Alternative activities

Sources:

  • Texas HHSC Contract (for the definition of a Positive Alternative)
  • Jackson, Tom (1993). Activities that Teach. Red Rock: Utah.
  • Jackson, Tom (1995). More Activities that Teach. Red Rock: Utah.
  • Jackson, Tom (2000) Still More Activities that Teach. Red Rock: Utah.
  • Prevention Games “Cookbook”, Activities Contributed by: Hays Caldwell Council, Rainbow Days, and Recovery Resource Council

Format:  PowerPoint, Facilitated Discussion, Interactive Activities, Videos

Duration: 

  • 1 to 1.5 hrs. (Conferences only)
  • 3 or 6 hr. Workshops (2.0 or 4.0 hrs. ATOD Specific, respectively)

 

(KD, JD)