Intervention

Aggression Replacement Training (ART)

A 30 hour intervention program to help adolescents improve social skill competence and moral reasoning, better manage anger, and reduce aggressive behavior.  The program specifically targets chronically aggressive youth who have been referred by the Allegheny County juvenile justice system.  Two Master’s degree level counselors facilitate this group three times per year.

Participants’ Quotes:

“I haven’t been angry for weeks, not even irritated.”

At the start of one ART program, a student said, “I don’t care about ANYBODY.”  During the seventh week of the program, the same student said, “Where is Michelle [another participant]? I was just wondering if she is okay.”

Kids At Risk Effort (KARE)

Outreach has been providing services to youth involved with Juvenile Court since 1984.  The KARE program focuses on providing education on anger management, life skills and alcohol & drug abuse to youths in Allegheny County that have been identified as high risk.  We hope through the intervention of our experienced, Master’s degree level counselors that the youth involved with KARE have more skills to make better decisions in their lives.  Their Juvenile Probation Officers make the referral to Outreach and a counselor sees the youth for six to 12 sessions based on the recommendations of the Probation Officer and the needs of the child.  Due to funding from Allegheny County, the youth involved receive services for free.

Choices – Drug & Alcohol Education Program for Teens

For any young person in need of education on how to deal with the pressures of alcohol/other drug use so they can make better decisions.

Outreach’s Choices program is designed as an opportunity to help families find answers. Our aim is to reduce substance abuse among adolescents by supporting families and educating teens.

The Choices program does not assume that every teen entering it has firmly set upon the road to addiction. The goals of this educational program are to help prevent re-occurrence of the previous behavior, helping teens make better decisions in the future.

If the teen was referred by a judge, Outreach will inform the magistrate of enrollment, successful completion and other relevant information.

Schedule for Teens

Teens sessions are the third Saturday of every month,
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Registration is mandatory – no walk-ins.

Schedule for Parents

A separate parent session is held on the same Saturday as the teen session,
Noon—1:00 p.m.
Attendance by one or both parents is highly recommended.

Fee

$175 is due before the first class.

Registration

(412) 561-5405 or info@outreachteen.org

You can also register in person at the Outreach office:
666 Washington Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15228
Office hours: M-F, 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Class size is limited.

Participants’ Quotes:

“I learned about what the long-term effects of drugs and alcohol, rather than the short-term, “in the moment” effects that’ll make me reconsider drinking/doing drugs.”

“I learned how dangerous and serious even small amounts of drugs/alcohol are. All of the consequences aren’t worth it.”

“We reviewed various types of harmful drugs. It has made me realize that I have to think twice before I decide to do something that can be potentially harmful to me. At first I was dreading the class but it was actually kind of fun.”

Parents’ Quotes:

“The facilitator was very conscientious and knowledgeable and was of great help in understanding the dangers of underage drinking.”

“I would love to see [this program] as a mandatory high school requirement.”

“The instructor was very knowledgeable and easy to understand. The kids in this class are getting a good education!”

In-School Programs

Outreach provides counselors on-site at schools to serve the students who are having behavioral or emotional problems which disrupt the educational process for themselves and others in the classroom.  Currently, Outreach has counselors in Pittsburgh Technical College (PTC), Bidwell Training Center, and Chartiers Houston School District.