Partners in Prevention
Established in 2003, Partners in Prevention has reached thousands of Jewish teens. In 2006, a Covenant Foundation grant allowed Beit T’Shuvah to more fully develop the program and spread it beyond the Los Angeles area. The program aims at youth ages 12 to 18 and goes into schools (both Jewish and secular), synagogues, camps, youth groups and other organizations that partner with Beit T’Shuvah.
Through educational courses, speaking engagements, and seminars, the Partners in Prevention program gives teens – and in many cases their parents – the space to confront issues, sometimes for the very first time.
The new age addict looks like this: graduated high school with a good GPA, has parents who adore him, feels tremendous pressure to achieve and to please, and whose purpose has been defined by the school system. The hyperfocus on academic achievement and the expansion of social media and technology have led our youth to exhibit increased rates of stress, sleep deprivation, and depression. To cope, today’s youth engage in high-risk behaviors including drug and alcohol abuse, disordered eating, gambling, crime, and unsafe sex. Most parents and educators are unaware of the extent of their child’s stress, or at a loss as to how to help.
The Partners in Prevention Program utilizes Jewish values to empower our youth with insights and tools that can lower the risk of engaging in unhealthy behaviors. Leveraging Beit T’Shuvah’s integrative approach, Partners in Prevention works with youth and their families to accomplish the following goals:
- Learning to identify and accept one’s feelings during challenging situations.
- Research-based educational programming and personal storytelling promote insight and resilience, fostering personal integrity and positive choices.
- Parents learn about the genuine experience of their children, and receive practical guidance for addressing family challenges.
- Youth are given tangible tools and resources for working through life’s challenges without turning to destructive behaviors.
Program participants report positive development across the following areas:
- The ability to talk with trusted adults
- Peer relations
- Avoiding peer pressure
- A sense of meaning and purpose
- Looking for proof? Click here to download the Partners in Prevention Gilbert Evaluation.
Who We Are
Douglas Rosen, Director of Partners in Prevention
Headed by Douglas Rosen, the Partners in Prevention Department is Beit T’Shuvah’s response to addiction amongst today’s youth. Doug, a trained Marriage and Family Therapist from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, has dedicated his life to substance abuse education. He regularly speaks to national audiences of students, parents and educators about positive decision-making, pre-empting destructive choices, peer pressure, self-awareness and teen resilience. Formerly a Hollywood entrepreneur who dealt with his own addiction, Doug is a captivating speaker, personal mentor, licensed therapist and relatable teacher. His forward-thinking curriculum is in demand by schools and synagogues throughout the nation. For more information please contact Doug: email@example.com
Jessica Fishel, Assistant Director of Partners in Prevention/Freedom Song Coordinator
After graduating from the University of Wisconsin in 2009, Jessica returned to Los Angeles with a fervent desire to make a difference in the world. She has been a member of the Prevention team for over seven years and derives great pleasure in working with students. “I enjoy giving something to kids that was not given to me,” says Jessica. “It’s something that could have helped me a lot in my adolescence.” Jessica both plans and coordinates educational engagements and performances across the country and is a favorite speaker and youth educator. She is currently in her second year of graduate school at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, working towards receiving her master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. For more information please contact Jessica: firstname.lastname@example.org
This program is designed to help students identify strengths and challenges in their lives (i.e. academic stress, temptations to test boundaries and engage in risky behaviors, lack of confidence etc.). Identifying struggles and difficulties is one of the first steps to dealing with problems in healthy and mindful ways. During this one-time program, students hear a resident’s personal story and explore ways to avoid making the wrong choices. Students learn how to best deal with the obstacles and emotional terrain that every teen faces.
6th- 8th Grade Addiction Prevention
The full program (3 sessions per grade), includes faculty meeting and parents’ meetings.
The 3-Day Format is Consistent throughout all grades:
Day 1 – Introductions and Focus of Study
6th grade – Understanding Addiction (emphasis on Internet, devices and screen time)
7th grade – Understanding how Alcohol and Marijuana Impacts Lives Emotionally, Physically and Socially
8th grade – In Depth Discussions of Teen Use of Alcohol, Marijuana, and Other Prevalent Drugs used in our community, and the risk of vaping.
Day 2 – Reviewing the research and deepening understanding through student participation and engagement.
Day 3 – Strategies for making good choices, avoiding societal and peer pressure, and understanding how spirituality and Jewish tradition can lessen the need to engage in the use of alcohol and drugs.
Strategies for Raising a Resilient Child
There is much discussion about how children being raised today lack grit and resilience. In this one-hour presentation, Doug Rosen will offer suggestions on how to raise a child who can handle conflict and can suffer disappointment without falling apart, self-medicating with drugs and alcohol, or engaging in self-harming behaviors. High school can be a time of tremendous anxiety as students struggle with social acceptance, tough competition, huge time demands, and academic pressure. Doug will discuss the importance of having open lines of communication and arming your children with the confidence to make good decisions and guiding them on how to live a life in balance.
A Parents’ Guide to the Ever-Changing Landscape of Drugs and Alcohol
In this presentation, Doug Rosen talks to parents about the steps they can take to help their children prevent or delay drug and alcohol use. He explains the many reasons teens begin experimentation that often can lead to addiction. Doug shares the latest research on drug addiction, warns parents of new drugs on the street, and gives hope to parents whose children are affected by drug use by sharing strategies and services that can help. Anyone raising a child today must hear Doug’s important, and at times, life-changing message.
Why Every Parent Needs to Know About the Effects of Social Media
Social media is embedded in all areas of life in America today. We wonder what we would do without our smart devices and the latest technology. Our children are consumers of vast amounts of social media and we marvel at their skills and knowledge. Although there are many positive aspects to the Internet, Doug Rosen will explain to parents how social media and gaming are affecting the mental and physical health of our children. He will share the current research that shows how the brain and nervous system are being affected and caution parents about the rise in depression, body image issues and suicide amongst teens who are heavy media users. Doug will discuss the “dos and don’ts” for setting limits on your child’s screen time along with the value of a family media plan.
- Grades six through eight will be divided into small instructional groups to ensure student participation and engagement
- Beit T’Shuvah instructors will meet with each group for three meetings of one hour in duration
- Each session will be led by a well-trained instructor
- Doug Rosen and Jessica Fishel will attend a faculty meeting prior to the commencement of the program to present the curriculum, explain the importance of support from the school community, and to get important feedback from the faculty and administration
- Doug Rosen and support staff from Beit T’Shuvah will present one parent evening to outline the program, offer constructive ways parents can be involved in helping their child/children make healthy choices, and to hear parent concerns.