The Sexual Violence Prevention programming at Family Services provides interpersonal primary prevention programming through several mediums including the Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) Program, public service announcements, social norming campaigns, and collaboration with service providers in 3 counties including Dutchess, Orange, and Westchester. In Dutchess County, Family Services provides MVP programming to college students. Family Services also coordinates the regional Sexual Violence Prevention project through NYS by coordinating the collaborative prevention programming between Westchester, Orange, and Dutchess Counties. This partnership has expanded sexual violence prevention programming to reach students in schools, colleges, and community organizations across the 3 counties. Family Services has also implemented public service announcements which illustrate the effectiveness of bystander intervention in preventing sexual violence and a regional social norming campaign using photography and storytelling which allows participating youth and community members to tell their stories in a way that is meaningful to them.
The Ulster Prevention Council works to prevent substance abuse by Ulster County youth and families. UPC provides evidence-based school and community prevention services.
UPC Prevention Educators provide a model prevention education service delivery in Ulster County Schools. Too Good for Drugs fosters confidence, self-efficacy and resistance to substance abuse through goal setting and achievement, responsible decision making, positive conflict resolution, and healthy relationships.
Family Services’ GIVE program utilizes the Phoenix Curriculum which is a proven motivational interviewing (MI) and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) model that reduces resistance, builds student participation, and guides the process of change. The curriculum provides problem solving and coping skills for avoidance, escape, refusal, or resistance that follows a proven social learning model with the critical goal of increasing individual self-efficacy.