Choices Program

CHOICES Early Intervention Program for Teens and Parents

The CHOICES program supports parents/caregivers of teens, ages 13 to 18 years old, in knowing they are not alone in the challenges of raising healthy teens in today's society. It offers a concurrent program for teens to help prevent substance use and other risk behaviors after the youth has exhibited some warning signs. 

The five-week course equips parents to: 

  • Understand why teens act the way they do 
  • Learn skills to improve parent/teen communication 
  • Strengthen bonds with teens
  • Avoid power struggles 
  • Prevent teen substance use and other risk behaviors 
  • Learn how to be consistent with consequences 
  • Manage the changing demands that come with parenting teens 

The five-week course equips teens to: 

  • Communicate more effectively 
  • Practice refusal skills 
  • Establish healthier relationships 
  • Develop personal goals 
  • Learn about the risks and consequences associated with substance use 
  • Work on any self-defeating behaviors 

Youth who are referred to the program receive an intake session with Eaton RESA to ensure the intervention is a good fit for their needs. To learn how to get started to see if your child is a good fit for the program, contact Behavioral Health Supervisor, Melea Belton at Eaton RESA, (517) 541-8702, mbelton@eatonresa.org.