Enotah Juvenile Family Therapy Program

The four counties of Lumpkin, White, Union and Towns currently have a grant to help provide services to youth to help reduce the rate of juvenile incarceration.  The program uses Multi-Dimensional Family Therapy, a manualized family-based treatment and substance abuse prevention program developed for adolescents with drug and behavior problems. Youth and their families participate in intensive therapy with a counselor and also work with a therapist assistant who provides support to help reduce barriers and provide resources.  The program also uses Botvin Lifeskills Training. LifeSkills Training (LST) is a school-based program that aims to prevent alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana use and violence by targeting the major social and psychological factors that promote the initiation of substance use and other risky behaviors. LST addresses multiple risk and protective factors and teaches personal and social skills that build resilience and help youth navigate developmental tasks, including the skills necessary to understand and resist prodrug influences.