Q: How beneficial are educational programs?
A: The educational programs that we offer are evidence based programs that have been tested for their effectiveness with various youth groups. These programs have been proven to improve coping, resilience and stress management skills among youth, increase decision making and other skills that prevent early initiation into alcohol and drug use.
Q: What are the costs for participation in Life Skills, Guiding Good Choices or Strengthening Families programs?
A: There is no cost to individuals or organizations partnering with WQPS. Trained staff are provided to deliver curricula and all materials needed.
Q: What is the application process?
A: It is quite simple. Individuals who are interested in parenting programs, such as Guiding Good Choices and Strengthening Families, can call our office directly to sign up for classes.
Organizations interested in partnering with WQPS can call us to discuss the details of bringing prevention programming to your organization and send in a requisition form with more information.
Q: Who can be referred for counseling?
A: Prevention counseling is for youth ages 5 to 19, who are at risk of engaging in substance use. This includes youth whose families experiences difficulties related to family communication, management, conflict between parents or conflict between parents and children or youth with issues related to adjustment and social skills, truancy or academic issues.
Q: What does the referral process consist of?
A: Both parents and organizations can refer youth for prevention counseling services, but parental involvement and consent are required.
Q: How long will referred youth be able to participate in counseling?
A: The counseling is short-term and can last up to 3 months (if needed). Should more counseling be necessary after the 3 month period patients can discuss further options with the counselor.
Q: Will someone have access to information about those receiving counseling?
A: All WQPS staff adhere to HIPAA regulations and will not release any information without written consent from a parent, legal guardian or individual (for participants over 18 only).
Q: Who is eligible for an early intervention ?
A: Teens who display the early stages of substance use (i.e. use, possession), but do not yet show signs of a substance abuse disorder.
Q. What is the goal of an early intervention?
A. Abstinence from drugs and alcohol is a long term goal of the early intervention.
Q: How does counselor know whether a teen needs early intervention or treatment?
A. As part of the intake process a counselor will perform a substance use related standardized screening to help determine which intervention is needed.
Q: What if it is determined that a referred person needs extended treatment?
A: WQPS staff will assist in finding appropriate and conveniently located treatment providers.