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TOWER Program Philosophy The TOWER intervention model is personcentered and strength-based in order to facilitate and highlight a teen’s natural interests, resilience, and motivation for health and sobriety. We incorporate practices from evidencebased Multidimensional Family Therapy to address core issues in a teen’s life, including personal, familial, social, school, work, and environmental factors. We work with each program participant to encourage healthy development, transition to independence, and a balanced lifestyle.

Comprehensive Outpatient Counseling Services Individualized Treatment Our approach is highly individualized and tailored to each person’s needs and situation. Our goal is to empower the individual, strengthen the family, and ensure healthy decision making.

Additional group components of drug education, moral reasoning, and anger management enrich youth development and the achievement of treatment goals.

Developmental Relevance We recognize the developmental differences between adolescents and adults, and incorporate these distinctions into the program features and curriculum. Teens learn how substances and addiction affect their brains and bodies differently from adults.

Family Involvement

Counseling Teens strengthen coping and communication skills, learn about relationships, and develop a strong self identity through individual therapy, group sessions, and family therapy.

Why TOWER? • • • • •

Live healthier and drug-free Stay out of trouble Perform better in school More friends and happier relationships Family and peer supports

Participants thrive in a vibrant therapeutic environment that encourages them to safely and appropriately express their opinions, assert their needs, and share their feelings in a warm and respectful atmosphere.

Families participate actively in counseling and educational group sessions. Family therapy and multi-family support groups are core aspects of the program to address the impact of substance abuse on the entire family. All educational materials are geared toward families during multi-family sessions so that parents, siblings and other family supports can work together in building a healthier life. Flexible evening sessions are offered to accommodate working family members.

Assess Yourself Do you have a problem with alcohol or drug use? Answer these questions to find out:  Have you ever ridden in a car driven by someone (including yourself) who was ‘‘high’’ or had been using alcohol or drugs?  Do you ever use alcohol or drugs to relax, feel better about yourself, or fit in?  Do you ever use alcohol or drugs while you are alone?  Do you ever forget things you did while using alcohol or drugs?  Do your family or friends ever tell you that you should cut down on your drinking or drug use?  Have you ever gotten into trouble while you were using alcohol or drugs? If you answered “yes” to two or more questions, you may have a significant problem and should seek additional evaluation or help. The TOWER Teen Program can guide you through an assessment and provide recommendations. Source: The Center for Adolescent Substance Abuse Research (CeASAR), Boston Children’s Hospital

Referrals and More Information Jennifer Tan, LCSW TOWER Program Coordinator Phone: (510) 525-1062

Program Leadership Jennifer Tan, LCSW Program Coordinator Clinical Therapist LCSW #27168 David Young, PhD, MPH Program Director Licensed Psychologist PSY #8965 Alan Stein, MS, MPH, LMFT Program Manager Licensed Marriage Family Therapist MFT #12069 Sue Denny, MA, LMFT Clinical Supervisor Licensed Marriage Family Therapist MFT #39304 TOWER Program 756 Gilman Street, Suite 2 Berkeley, CA 94710 Phone/Fax: (510) 525-1062 Email:

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Teens On the Way to Empowerment and Recovery A Substance Abuse Treatment Program for Teenagers and Their Families

TOWER brochure  

Outreach brochure for CHAA's TOWER program in Berkeley.