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Prevention First Programs

*A division of Preferred Behavioral Health Group*

Prevention First is committed to strengthening the foundation of children and families by empowering them to successfully handle everyday life situations as well as extraordinary challenges such as substance use, harassment, intimidation and bullying.

Prevention First provides evidence and research-based programs to furnish children, parents and communities with tools that empower all to make healthy, responsible decisions. Our professional and experienced instructors have created seminars and activities that engage and inform.

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Al’s Pals: Kids Making Healthy Choices

Is an early childhood, resiliency-based curriculum designed to teach healthy decision-making skills to children in preschool-grade 2.  Al’s Pals helps children develop personal, social and emotional skills through guided creative play, puppetry and role-playing and teaches them how to express feelings appropriately, think independently, accept differences, make good choices and understand the negative impact alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs can have on their lives. 

Bullying Prevention 101

Focuses on the problem of bullying for students in grades 6 to 8, providing them with a better understanding of what bullying is, the roles of a bullying situation, who is affected by bullying and what can be done to stop it.

Includes: A one-hour interactive presentation, teacher consultation and evaluation, informational packet, website resources, survey, evaluation summary, certificates.

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Three Friends

Girl's Circle

A structured support group for girls ages 9-18 years old, integrates relational theory, and skills training in a specific format designed to increase positive connection, personal and collective strengths, competence in girls. 


Includes: Eight or twelve, one hour sessions (up to 15 females), contact consultation and evaluation, handouts, evaluation summary, certificates of completion

Keys to Innervisions (KIV)

Designed to address violence, substance abuse and antisocial behavior problems for referred students, grades 6 - 12. KIV is an educational curriculum about changing the beliefs and behaviors that lead to violence, drug abuse/dependency, criminal behavior and school and social failure. The interactive sessions provide opportunities to learn and practice skills and strategies directed at changing the behaviors, attitudes and personal beliefs that lead to and continue the cycle of failure.

Includes: Three two-hour interactive classroom/group sessions (up to 12 students), information packet, pre/posttest, evaluation summary, certificates of completion.

Teen Prayer Group

Lifeskills Training (LST)

Best Friends

Designed to address life skills development for children, grades 3 - 8. LST is the most extensively evaluated substance abuse prevention program available and is proven to reduce the use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs by youth. The program is a research-based curriculum developed by Dr. Gilbert Botvin, director of the Institute for Prevention Research and Cornell University Medical College. LST seeks to promote health and well-being among children through the delivery of general life skills, health skills and drug-resistance skills via interactive discussions, behavioral rehearsals and educational activities.


Utilizes personality targeted interventions to promote mental health and skill development and delay youth substance use in at-risk youth ages 12-17. The curriculum is designed to increase coping skills, set long term goals and channel participants personality towards achieving them.  

A Supportive Hug
Morning Hug

Safe Dates

Focuses on healthy relationships and safe dating for students, grades 6 - 12. The Healthy Relationships/Safe Dates program is that educates teens as to what constitutes an abusive relationship, what dating abuse is. The curriculum provides them the skills and resources necessary to avoid being a victim or perpetrator of abuse and is research-based with proven, long-term results.

Strengthening Families Program (SFP)

SFP is a family-focused program that provides skill-building sessions and fun activities that will help with the toughest job in existence: Being a Parent/Guardian! The program is delivered to families with at least one child that falls under one of the age-appropriate groups: 3-5, 6-11 or 12-16 years old. Parents/Guardians and youth attend weekly SFP sessions where they are given an opportunity to practice new skills to help overcome personal and family challenges such as miscommunication, stress, and peer pressure and begin the process of building stronger relationships.

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We're Not Buying It! 2.0

We’re Not Buying It (WNBI 2.0) is an educational curriculum aimed to reduce early first use of alcohol, marijuana, prescription and over the counter medications, as well as bullying behavior for students in grades 6-8. Using a mix of lecture, discussion and activities, WNBI 2.0 allows youth the opportunity to learn and practice skills and strategies to identify pro-use messages in popular music, television, movies and numerous forms of social media. 

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