Mercer Council offers a host of education and prevention programs of which many are evidence-based curriculum. There are programs for individuals of all ages, from elementary grade children to older adults, and everyone in between. Council has trained staff to run these programs throughout Mercer County. Select a program name for a brief overview and to view the brochures. Contact our office to learn more about the programs.

 
School-Age Children Programs
PROTECTING YOU PROTECTING ME BOTVIN'S LIFE SKILLS TRAINING SEEING IS BELIEVING
CHESS CHAMPS OLWEUS BULLYING PREVENTION PROGRAM TOO GOOD FOR DRUGS AND VIOLENCE
BULLY BUSTERS KEYS TO INNERVISIONS SAFE DATES
FOOTPRINTS FOR LIFE FATAL VISION GOGGLES ASYSST
     
Family Programs
Community Programs
CHILDREN IN THE MIDDLE METRO EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE SERVICE COMMUNITY EDUCATION
COPING WITH WORK AND FAMILY STRESS PREVENTION COALITION OF MERCER COUNTY PUBLIC INFORMATION AND ADVOCACY
PARENTING WISELY TRENTON MUNICIPAL ALLIANCE COMMITEE ALCOHOL AND OTHER DRUG ASSESSMENTS
PARENTS WHO HOST LOSE THE MOST WE CHECK FOR 21 JUVENILE JUSTICE COMMISSION
    TIPS
Older Adults Programs    
TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR HEALTH    
WELLNESS INITIATIVE FOR SENIOR EDUCATION    
     
     
   

alcohol and other drug assessments (aod)
Council’s Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselors can provide Alcohol and Other Drug assessments for individuals requesting evaluations for a fee.
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available school youth services support team (asysst)
ASYSST is the School Based Youth Services Program (SBYSP) at Ewing High School, developed by the NJ Department of Human Services to provide teens with the opportunity to complete their education, obtain skills that lead to employment or additional education, paving way to a life that is mentally and physically sound.
You may view the PDF version of the Program Brochure.

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botvin's life skills training (lst)
The Life Skills Training (LST) program is a research-based prevention curriculum developed by Dr. Gilbert J. Botvin, Director of the Institute for Prevention Research at Cornell University Medical College.  LST seeks to promote health and well-being among adolescents through the delivery of a combination of health information, general life skills and drug-resistance skills.  LST is proven to reduce the use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs among adolescents, making it the most extensively evaluated substance abuse program available.
You may view the PDF version of the Program Brochure for Elementary School Curriculum.

You may also view the PDF version of the Program Brochure for Middle School Curriculum.
You may also view the PDF version of the Program Summary.
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bully busters
Bullying is a harsh word.  It immediately brings to mind behaviors that, unfortunately are of increasing concern to our schools and society as a whole.  Studies funded through the US Department of Education indicate that if addressed early on in schools and at home, these unacceptable behaviors can be abated, even replaced by cooperation and concern.  Bully Busters is a six lesson curriculum designed to be effectively utilized at the early grade levels, to call to children’s attention the value of developing behaviors that support healthy growth.
You may view the PDF version of the Program Summary.

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chess champs
Chess Champs is a highly structured substance abuse and violence prevention program targeted to children 6 to 11 years old.  The program uses the game of chess to create an atmosphere of shared learning and independent thinking skills development.  Its purpose is to motivate at-risk children and enhance their higher-order thinking skills, self-confidence and academic achievement by using chess as an educational tool.  Skills developed in this program include logic, reasoning and problem-solving abilities, memory, concentration and visualization skills, critical thinking, delayed gratification and determination.
You may view the PDF version of the Program Summary.

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children in the middle (cim)
Children in the Middle (CIM) was developed by the Center for Divorce Education with the goal of helping caregivers (parents, grandparents, etc.,) and children to minimize the harmful effects of divorce.  Research shows that when parents attend class within 30 days of filing for divorce or other non-dissolution papers there is a tremendous reduction in subsequent litigation.  The program is skill focused which is most likely to produce lasting behavior change. This is a class about parenting skills. It is NOT therapy or counseling. It is NOT a workshop on divorce law or on case strategies. It most certainly is not a forum to air anger and resentments about an ex-spouse. The purpose is to share information about what divorce or separation may be doing to their children, and to learn skills to minimize their children’s burdens.
You may view the PDF version of the Program Brochure.

You may also view the PDF version of the Program Summary.
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community education
The Council reaches out into the community by offering education and training in topics such as: marijuana, ecstasy and club drugs; basic prevention and strategies; and alcohol and drug awareness.
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coping with work and family stress
A research-validated substance abuse prevention program proven to reduce stress and the risks of alcohol, tobacco, drug abuse and violence. This comprehensive and exciting program provides adults with the skills necessary to successfully handle challenging situations and to reduce stressors which can contribute to mental or physical health problems.
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fatal vision goggles
Fatal Vision Goggles are specially designed and manufactured goggles that simulate the visual impairment caused by alcohol or other drugs. Viewing through the goggles, the wearer experiences a loss of equilibrium, one of the effects of intoxication. The underlying principle is to demonstrate how quickly impairment can turn fun into devastating consequences. Hopefully, the wearer and observers are convinced that such impairment makes certain activities (such as driving) dangerous. The goggles activity is an excellent tool to use in schools and youth groups to educate young people on the risks of underage drinking and impaired driving.
Mercer Council maintains a loan bank of three sets of Fatal Vision Goggles for use by community partners to implement the program to area middle and high school students. A free training program and technical assistance is offered to assist facilitators in implementing the program.
You may view the PDF version of the Program Summary.
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footprints for life
Footprints for Life is a research-based primary prevention program designed to build assets and teach skills through the use of puppets and stories that feature real-life situations experienced by a children’s soccer team.  The six-week program is designed to be presented in the classroom setting and includes a parent information letter and weekly home assignments.  The program is designed to promote developmental assets to deter the first use of alcohol and other drugs.  The curriculum is designed to be implemented in 2nd or 3rd grades and uses developmentally appropriate learning materials.
You may view the PDF version of the Program Brochure.
You may also view the PDF version of the Program Summary.
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juvenile justice commission (jjc)
The Commission’s residential drug programs apply the principles of cognitive-behavioral treatment in individual, group and family counseling sessions. Council staff determine the initial psychological assessment of each youth.
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keys to innervisions (kiv)
Students learn skills and strategies to help them develop beliefs and behaviors that prevent violence, drug abuse-dependency, school failure and anti-social behavior. Good for diverse cultural populations.
You may view the PDF version of the Program Summary.

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metro employee assistance service (meas)
MEAS provides short term confidential counseling to employees of nearly 20 employers in the Mercer County area. Employees and their family members may access this Employee Assistance Program (EAP) free of charge. Whether it is a minor difficulty or a major obstacle, MEAS licensed professional counselors are available to help. Professional help may make the difference between an early resolution and a long period of struggle.
The majority of clients are self referrals, but employers may refer an employee when a deterioration in job performance is noted. However, all information, except for compliance issues remain confidential.

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olweus bullying prevention program (obpp)
The Olweus® Bullying Prevention Program (pronounced Ol-VEY-us) is a comprehensive, school-wide program designed and evaluated for use in elementary, middle, or junior high schools. The program’s goals are to reduce and prevent bullying problems among school children and to improve peer relations at school. The program has been found to reduce bullying among children, improve the social climate of classrooms, and reduce related antisocial behaviors, such as vandalism and truancy. The Olweus® Bullying Prevention Program has been implemented in more than a dozen countries around the world, and in thousands of schools in the United States. Mercer Council has a certified trainer on staff.
You may view the PDF version of the Program Brochure.

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parenting wisely
Parenting Wisely (Young Children) is an interactive, computer-based training program for parents of children ages 3-12 years. Based on social learning, cognitive behavioral and family systems theories, the program aims to increase parental communication and disciplinary skills. Parents use this self-instructional program on an agency's personal computer or laptop, either on site or at home, using the CD-ROM or online format.
You may view the PDF version of the Program Summary.

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parents who host lost the most
Did you know that, as a parent, you cannot give alcohol to your teen’s friends under the age of 21 under any circumstance, even in your own home, even with their parent’s permission? You also cannot knowingly allow a person under 21, other than your own child, to remain in your home or on your property while consuming or possessing alcohol. There are legal consequences if you do.
Mercer Council has adopted the Drug-Free Action Alliance's Parents Who Host Lose The Most: Don't be a party to teenage drinking public awareness campaign to provide you with information about the health risks of underage drinking and the legal consequences of providing alcohol to youth.
Parents play a major role in their children's choices about alcohol, tobacco or other drugs. You can protect your children by following these guidelines when hosting teen parties:
*Host safe, alcohol-free activities and events for youth during prom and graduation season
*Refuse to supply alcohol to children or allow drinking in your home or on your property
*Be at home when your teenager has a party
*Make sure your teenager's friends do not bring alcohol into your home
*Talk to other parents about not providing alcohol at youth events
*Report underage drinking
Our youth deserve to live and grow to adulthood in an environment where alcohol is not misused. Let's be unified in our message, and host alcohol-free parties with plenty of fun activities to show our youth that we care about their future.
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prevention coalition of mercer county (pcmc)
Do you want to make a difference in the greater Mercer County community? Would you like to make an impact in reducing underage drinking and other substance abuse concerns? We invite you to join the Prevention Coalition of Mercer County - a volunteer organization of citizens dedicated to creating a healthy, safe, community free of substance abuse and related problems. Our mission is to reduce substance abuse, especially among youth, by providing opportunities for coordinated planning, sharing of resources and increased collaboration. Together our efforts will help maximize the quality and availability of services to the communities and residents of Mercer County. If you are willing to contribute some of your time and talent to this important work, we'd like to have you as a member!
Click here for more information.

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protecting me protecting you
Protecting You Protecting Me is a research-based alcohol-use prevention curriculum for elementary students designed to reduce alcohol-related injury and death in our nation’s youth.  The curriculum is proven to enhance students’ knowledge about their brains and personal development; improves elementary students’ vehicle safety skills, including their ability to protect themselves when they have no option but to ride with an adult who is not alcohol-free; incorporates the latest research on human brain development; focuses on the immediate risks of using alcohol before age 21; includes parental involvement activities.
You may view the PDF version of the
Program Brochure.
You may also view the PDF version of the Program S
ummary.
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public information and advocacy
Through media presentations and programs for professionals and community groups, the Council works to increase awareness of the chronic, progressive, and potentially fatal disease of addiction.
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safe dates
Safe Dates is a dating abuse prevention program which raises student awareness of what constitutes healthy and abusive dating relationships, and equipping them with the skills and resources needed to help themselves or friends in abusive relationships.   Other skill development includes positive communication and anger management. It is a recognized Model Program in the National Registry of Effective Programs (NREP).
You may view the PDF version of the Program Brochure.

You may also view the PDF version of the Program Summary.
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seeing is believing
This program includes interactive dialogue between participants and facilitator, hands-on activities and role-playing.  Utilizing the Fatal Vision goggles, students will experience the effects of alcohol and other drugs on their ability to perform tasks.
You may view the PDF version of the Program Summary.

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take control of your health
Chronic Disease Self-Management Program is a community workshop designed to give people with chronic conditions (such as arthritis, heart disease, cancer, diabetes, asthma, etc.) and/or their caregivers the knowledge and skills needed to take a more active role in their health care. Participants learn healthier ways to live, gain confidence and motivation to manage their health and feel more positive about life. The program goal is to help people choose healthy behaviors they would like to follow and design strategies for incorporating these behaviors into daily life.
You may view the PDF version of the Program Brochure.
You may also view the PDF version of the Program Summary.
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too good for drugs and violence
Too Good for Drugs & Violence High School is a comprehensive prevention education program for grades 9-12 designed to equip students with the knowledge, skills and attitudes they need to remain safe and drug free. Based on the renowned research of Hawkins and Catalano’s Risk and Protective Factors and the Search Institute’s 40 Developmental Assets, the program promotes bonding, develops essential life skill and established positive, violence and drug-free norms through engaging, scripted lessons focusing on:  goal setting; decision making; managing emotions; communicating effectively; bonding and relationships; anger management; conflict resolution; respect for self and others; effective communication.
You may view the PDF version of the Program Summary.

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techniques in intervention procedures (tips)
TIPS Training is appropriate for anyone who sells, serves, or consumes alcohol.  To ensure that training is relevant, programs are tailored for different environments.
You may view the PDF version of the Program Summary.
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trenton municipal alliance committee (tmac)
TMAC is a coalition of community residents committed to address substance abuse and promote a healthy Trenton. TMAC assess the needs of the community and addresses substance abuse through policy change, education awareness and alternative activities.
You may view the PDF version of the Program Brochure.
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we check for 21
The Council encourages liquor outlets to pledge to check for 21 before selling or serving alcohol to young adults.
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wellness initiative for senior education (wise)
The WISE Program is a wellness and prevention program targeting older adults created by New Jersey Prevention Network. The program is designed to help older adults in New Jersey celebrate healthy aging, make healthy lifestyle choices and avoid substance abuse.
You may view the PDF version of the Program Brochure.
You may also view the PDF version of the Program Summary.
Here is an information brochure on 'Medications and Alcohol'.
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