About the Program
The Seven Challenges® Group began in FACE-IT on April 3, 2008, with 6 participating residents. The group is ongoing and is facilitated by Carlos Rodriguez, Coordinator of Substance Abuse Service with OMNI Youth Services. The Seven Challenges® Program is designed specifically for adolescents with drug problems, to motivate a decision and commitment to change - and to support success in implementing the desired changes.
The program simultaneously helps young people address their drug problems as well as their co-occurring life skill deficits, situational problems, and psychological problems. The challenges provide a framework for helping youth think through their own decisions about their lives and their use of alcohol and other drugs. Counselors using The Seven Challenges Program teach youth to identify and work on the issues most relevant to them. In sessions, as youth discuss the issues that matter most, counselors seamlessly integrate the challenges as part of the conversation.