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Behavioral Support & Drug and Alcohol Interventions

The Fremont Union High School District is committed to providing targeted supports and interventions to help every student succeed. We have partnered with several outside agencies to be able to offer a series of interventions for students who are struggling with drug and alcohol use or behavioral challenges.

For more information about any of the programs detailed below, please contact your school assistant principal or guidance counselor, or contact Alison Coy, Director of Educational Options, at (408) 522-2275 or alison_coy@fuhsd.org.


What Parents Need to Know about Substance Abuse Presentations

Offered in the Fall and Spring at several locations.

Topics covered include:

  • Adolescent brain development and how alcohol and drugs affect the brain;
  • Substance use, abuse and addiction;
  • Various drugs used by teens and their effects on the body (marijuana, ecstasy, cocaine, methamphetamine, prescription and over-the-counter medications);
  • What parents can do if they suspect their child is using/abusing drugs and/or alcohol; and
  • Effective parenting practices such as: communications skills, implementing limits, rules and consequences and where to seek support/resources if needed.

60 Minute Drug Intervention Class

A one-time, 60-minute psycho-educational class on drug use. Students are assigned as an alternative to two of three days of suspension for drug use, possession or paraphernalia. 

Topics covered include:

  • Continuum of use: experimentation, recreational use, abuse, addiction;
  • Physiological effects of drugs (alcohol, marijuana), as well as development of adolescent brain;
  • Negative effects of continued drug use;
  • Drug use as an unhealthy coping strategy and review of alternative coping strategies; and
  • Outside resources and supports.

Perspectives Course

A one-time, 60-minute class that will help those students who are struggling with their decision making processes.

Perspectives will cover some of the following topics:

  • Understanding how thoughts and feelings lead to behaviors;
  • Developing an understanding of how their decisions affect more than just them;
  • Understanding the long term consequences of poor decision making;
  • Developing their decision making skills;
  • Understanding their behaviors from the perspective of an outsider;
  • Understanding conflict resolution skills;
  • Understating the difference between Assertive and Aggressive; and
  • Understating the power of their choices and actions.

Project Insight: A Conflict Resolution Skill Building Class

A counseling-based program that helps students develop a better understanding of their negative emotions.  

During the 8 week group, students will work on the following:

  • Develop an understanding of what insight is and how a lack of it has hindered them;
  • Develop insight as to what makes them angry;
  • Develop insight as to how their anger affects them and those around them;
  • Develop skills to help manage anger; and
  • Develop conflict resolution skills.

Botvin: A Drug and Alcohol Awareness Program

Offered once in the Fall and once in the Spring, this 10-session Botvin LifeSkills Training (LST) course is a research-validated substance abuse prevention program proven to reduce the risks of alcohol, tobacco, drug abuse, opioid misuse, and violence by targeting the major social and psychological factors that promote the initiation of substance use and other risky behaviors. This comprehensive curriculum provides adolescents with the confidence and skills necessary to successfully handle challenging situations.  

Advent "Step Up" Program

An ongoing, outpatient program for teens struggling with substance abuse and addiction. The student is provided with up to 10 hours/week of group therapy, recovery education, individual crisis counseling and family therapy. 

Services provided include:

  • Comprehensive substance abuse assessment;
  • Individualized treatment planning;
  • Phase-based group recovery counseling for up to 7-1/2 hours per week;
  • Recovery education;
  • Encouragement for support group attendance;
  • Relapse prevention planning;
  • Individual crisis counseling;
  • Family therapy; and
  • Drug screening.

For more information contact Ed Jonathans at 408-522-2248. All calls are confidential.

Mandarin Parenting Workshop

A three-week course offered at Monta Vista in the Fall. Participants will explore different parenting styles and communication skills in the workshop, and support parents to strengthen their relationship with their teens. Please contact YaHuei Chi, Student Advocate at Monta Vista High School, for more information.

Strengthening Communication Between Parents and Adolescents - Foothill Family Engagement Institute

A 4-week workshop series for parents and their adolescents. Participants will:

  • Practice effective communication between parents and teens;
  • Develop tools to support social emotional learning;
  • Identify goals for the parent and the adolescent; and
  • Investigate college and community resources.

Class Dates 2019-20

90-Minute Drug Intervention Class

Wednesdays, Educational Options Room TBD, 4 to 5 p.m.

  • September 8
  • October 16
  • November 13
  • December 11
  • January 15
  • February 12
  • March 18
  • April 8
  • May 13

60-Min Perspectives Class

Mondays, Educational Options Room TBD, 4 to 5 p.m.           

  • September 30
  • October 28
  • November 25
  • December 16
  • January 27
  • February 24
  • March 30
  • April 27
  • May 18

Botvin Life Skills: A Drug and Alcohol Awareness Program (Alum Rock Counseling SerVICES)

Thursdays, Educational Options Room TBD, 4 to 5 p.m. (Ten Weeks)

  • Fall 2019 Session: 10/10-12/19 (No Class 11/28)
  • Spring 2020 Session: 3/12-5/21 (No Class 4/16)

8-Week Project Insight Class - Positive Decision making

Tuesdays, Educational Options Room TBD, 4 to 5:30 p.m. 

  • Fall 2019 Session: 10/15-12/3 
  • Spring 2020 Session: 3/10-5/5 (No Class 4/14)


Daily outpatient adolescent treatment program

Contact Ed Jonathans at (408) 522-2248

Foothill family engagement institute parent and student workshops

Tuesdays, Educational Options Room TBD, 6 to 8 p.m. (4 Weeks)

  • Fall 2019 Session: 10/29-11/19
  • Spring 2020 Session: 3/3-3/24

Mandarin Parenting Workshop- MVHS Library

9/12-9/26 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Monta Vista Library

Please contact YaHuei Chi, Student Advocate at Monta Vista, for more information.  

Parent (Student or Staff) Drug information sessions - Alum Rock counseling Services

Available by request. Contact Alison Coy for information.