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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.

90 Minute Drug Intervention Class

A one-time, 90-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.

Cyberbullying: Awareness and Prevention (Pilot)

A one-time, 90-minute class designed for students who have committed acts of cyberbullying or online misconduct. 

Unity Care - 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.

Paths: A Drug and Alcohol Awareness Program

Offered once in the Fall and once in the Spring, this 8-session course is focused on teaching the ‘protective factors’ that children who choose not to use drugs/alcohol are more likely to be receiving within the home/school/community setting.

Peer Court

A diversion program run by teens for high school students who commit an EdCode violation. These students participate in a courtroom where their cases are heard by a jury of their peers. The teen volunteers perform the roles of prosecuting and defense attorney, advocates, bailiff, clerk and jury. A local volunteer judge presides as Judge. The referred students acknowledge responsibility for their behavior and agree to the interventions given by a jury of their peers.

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.

Parent and Family Support Program

Previously ‘Strengthening Families.' We will be offering a multi-session Parent and Family Support program in winter 2019.

Class Dates 2018-19

90-Minute Drug Intervention Class

Wednesdays, Educational Options Room 7, 4 to 5:30 p.m.

  • September 12
  • October 10
  • November 14
  • December 12
  • January 9
  • February 13
  • March 13
  • April 10
  • May 8

60-Min Perspectives Class

Thursdays, Educational Options Room 7, 4 to 5 p.m.           

  • September 20
  • October 18
  • November 15
  • December 13
  • January 24
  • February 28
  • March 21
  • April 25
  • May 16

8-Week Project Insight Class

Tuesdays, Educational Options Room 7, 4 to 5:30 p.m. 

  • Fall 2018 Session: 10/16-12/4 
  • Spring 2019 Session: TBD

Paths: A Drug and Alcohol Awareness Program

Mondays for 8 weeks, Educational Options Room 7, 4 to 5 p.m.

  • Fall 2018 Session: 10/15 – 12/17 (No class 10/15 or 11/12)
  • Spring 2019 Session: TBD

Cyberbullying Prevention Class (Pilot)

Wednesday, November 7, Educational Options Room 7, 4 to 5 p.m.

Mandarin Parenting Workshop- MVHS Library

10/9, 10/16, 10/23, Monta Vista High School Library, 6 to 8 p.m.

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

Parent Engagement Classes (formerly Strengthening Families) 

Spring 2018 Session: TBD