For Adults Admissions

David Lawrence Center’s adult prevention education services focus on substance abuse education, information dissemination, problem identification, parenting tips and referral and community-based outreach activities.

Parenting Today

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Parenting Today helps parents of children 5-12 years of age find better way to handle those daily parenting issues. In six, two-hour sessions, you will receive guidance and support while you learn to cope with problems, difficult topics, power struggles, and to encourage your children to be their best. This program is free. Parents can register at the Horseshoe Drive Satellite Office.

Parents will learn effective ways to:

  • Improve communication with your children
  • Guide safer choices
  • Gain cooperation
  • Effectively discipline

Parenting Teens

Parenting Teens is a six session psycho-educational series that provides tools for parents who are experiencing behavioral difficulties with their strong willed or out of control adolescent children. This program is free. Parents can register at the Horseshoe Drive Satellite Office.

Parenting Teens includes education on:

  • Preventing and Intervening in the Child’s Negative Choices
  • Addressing Problematic Behavior
  • Drug Use, Violence and Sexuality
  • Changing Destructive Behavior
  • Rebuilding Family Relationships
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Mental Health First Aid

In partnership with the National Alliance on Mental Illness and Collier County Sherriff’s Office, David Lawrence Center offers the Adult Mental Health First Aid prevention program designed to arm members of the public with the key skills to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. Over two 4-hour sessions, the program introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental illnesses, builds understanding of their impact, and overviews common supports. The certification course demonstrates how to offer initial help in a mental health crisis and connect persons to the appropriate professional, peer, social, and self-help care.

Mental Health First Aid includes education on a five-step action plan:

  • Assess for risk of suicide or harm
  • Listen nonjudgmentally
  • Give reassurance and information
  • Encourage appropriate professional help
  • Encourage self-help and other support strategies

The program is open to the public, but can be tailored to support the type of aid provided by special interest groups. Some special interest groups include schools, businesses, child and adult care centers, healthcare networks and public transit operations. Special interest groups can host closed sessions which can be scheduled to fit their availability at the location of their choice.

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