If Jewish learning can help individuals recover from addictive and self-destructive behaviors, why can't it be just as useful in preventing it? In a culture where teens must cope with peer, media, and family pressures to "look good" and achieve material success, the soul is often ignored and neglected. We believe the antidote to this "hole-in-the soul" is Judaism.
Partners In Prevention (PIP) is a program which utilizes the path of Judaism to promote self-acceptance, self-worth, spiritual values and family harmony. PIP differs from other programs in that it does not focus on drug-education but rather the underlying "spiritual maladies" that lead today's youth toward risky behaviors. It focuses on teaching spiritual tools to cope with daily stress and anxiety.
The program is a fully developed 6-module curriculum, which includes workbooks for students ages 12-18, a parent's journal and a facilitator's guide. The Prevention staff is a multi-disciplinary team of Jewish educators, mental health professionals, recovering addicts, and recovering parents. Together, they take the students through the workbooks and interactive exercises, designed to encourage honest discussion about life's pressures and the relentless pursuit of perfection, which has become a cultural standard.
The schools and synagogues with which we work are our partners. The curriculum allows for a flexible delivery schedule. The Program Director helps each school or synagogue to tailor the program and workshops to fit its needs. Both full and partial programs produce positive impact. The program begins with a recovering young person, selected and trained by BeitT'Shuvah staff, who tells his/her "story of self-destruction and T'Shuvah," stressing the positive role of Judaism in their recovery. The program also includes parent workshops and teacher training as needed. Kids must have a positive influence in the home, once they leave the safety of school. A healthy family is a family based around open communication and mutual understanding. According to recent studies conducted by CASA (The National Center of Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University), parents believe the number one concern facing today's youth is which college they will attend after High School - kids believe the number one concern is drugs and alcohol.
Partners in Prevention evolved over 20 years of witnessing Jewish education, noticing that prayer and self-reflection act as powerful tools on the journey toward transformation. The innovative aspect of the program is the introduction of a curriculum into mainstream Jewish education that applies Jewish values and concepts in a way that is relevant to our daily lives.
The Partners in Prevention program is made possible in part by the Jim Joseph Foundation through a grant made in honor of Rachel Joseph, Alan B. Slifka Foundation, Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation, The Green Foundation, Hazan Family Foundation, Hillside Memorial Park, Mount Sinai Memorial Park and Jewish Teen Foundation.
If you have any questions, would like to receive more information, or would like to set up a meeting, please feel free to contact Doug, Jessica, or Zoe anytime at, 310-204-5200 ext. 236 or via email.
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