Parenting is a challenge for everyone. Learn more about the services our prevention programs offer and discover tips on nurturing a health family.
What is Prevention?
Prevention programs support the healthy development of kids, families and communities. LifeWorks NW is recognized as a leader in the state in developing prevention programs. We focus on supporting positive parent, child and adolescent behaviors, and preventing negative ones.
What kinds of prevention programs are there?
LifeWorks NW has an array of programs, offered in homes, in the community and in schools. Our programs support healthy parenting, school success, early literacy, juvenile crime prevention, substance abuse prevention and healthy life skills development.
How can I support my child’s healthy development?
The first step is to acknowledge that being a parent can be hard, and we all need a little help sometimes. If you are involved in behaviors that you don’t want your children to do, such as smoking, consider getting support for yourself first. Talking about your parenting challenges with friends can also be very helpful. LifeWorks NW offers free parenting classes throughout Washington and Clatsop County.
Do prevention programs accept insurance?
Unfortunately not. However, since many of our programs do not charge fees, we may still be able to help. Please contact us to find out what programs are available to you.
Does LifeWorks NW have anyone who can relate to my cultural background and speak my language?
Yes. Our staff is diverse and provides a wide range of treatment programs for people from a variety of cultural backgrounds including African Americans, Latinos, Asians and others.
What kinds of activities should I encourage my child to be involved with?
Encourage your children to participate in activities they are interested in. Children and youth need the opportunity to explore new ideas and learn skills, and those who try more things tend to do better.
My child’s grades have dropped. What should I do?
Make sure that you have a calm discussion with your children, and hear their side of the story. Talk to their teacher(s) and see what’s going on. Are they turning in all of their homework? How do they get along with other students? It is not generally recommended to suspend them from activities they enjoy, such as music or sports. But you can limit their involvement based on meeting school goals that you set together.
How can I help my teen deal with peer pressure?
There are many important steps to take:
- Educate yourself – Find out about the issues. Check with local schools, agencies and information services for the resources you will need. Find books at the local library. The more informed you are, the easier it will be to discuss the issues.
- Be accessible and open-minded – Open up a non-threatening, non-judgmental dialogue and listen to what your teens have to say.
- No pressure – Try to be relaxed and engage yourself in a friendly talk over dinner or another casual setting. If you are relaxed, it will help your children be more honest and willing to talk.
- Grab opportunities – Use teachable moments. If you have just seen a TV show or poster that discusses the issue, use this to talk about ways to say no and how to deal with the pressures to fit in.
- Follow your own advice – If you abuse drugs yourself, no matter what you tell your teens, your actions speak louder than words.
What should I do if I think my child is using drugs, involved with gangs or having problems in school?
If you find signs of drug use, problems in school, involvement with gangs, or you are just worried about your child, don’t be afraid to ask for help. Call LifeWorks NW—our team is equipped to help you deal with and overcome problems within your family.
Didn’t find an answer to your question in the FAQ? Please feel free to contact our team and we will do our best to answer your question.