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Teen Intervention   Call 631-664-9886 for more information

        Teen Intervene Evidenced Based Counseling

                        sliding scale fee available

      Thursdays 4 PM - 9 PM at the Peconic School

  970 Peconic Lane, (next door to the Southold Town Recreation Center)

Teenage drug / alcohol experimentation/ abuse

Teen Intervene is designed to provide education, support and guidance for teens who have experienced mild to moderate chemical use - and their parents.The Guidance Center using a philosophy of dignity and respect, counselors serve as teachers and coaches to help young people make healthier choices.

Teen Intervene also offers parents and guardians the opportunity to learn healthy communication skills and the importance of establishing family rules surrounding chemical use.

Teen Intervene offers:

  • Individual Focus- Each young person has his or her own reasons for using alcohol or other drugs and individual teens differ greatly in terms of their willingness to change. By using individual goals and personalized feedback, Teen Intervene is directly focused on each young person's specific needs.
  • Support for Families- Parents or guardians also learn about chemical use and how to communicate more effectively with their teen. They are invited to join if not in the first session by the third session to address issues as a family.
  • A Safe Environment - The Guidance Center's programs are not confrontational, offering a safe and supportive environment for education and self-exploration.

The admissions process for Teen Intervene:

  • Referral- Anyone who is concerned about a teen's chemical use can refer him or her to Teen Intervene. This could be a parent, school professional, law enforcement official or a concerned person. To begin the process or to obtain more information, call 631-664-9886.
  • AssessmentTeen Intervene is geared to help teens who have experienced mild to moderate chemical use. A chemical use assessment must be completed to rule out a diagnosis of addiction. The assessment may be completed at The Guidance Center or another program of your choice.
  • Program Sessions- The program has the flexibly to consist of three sessions or as many as ten  with a counselor.  Sessions occur one-on-one between the teen and the counselor. Parents are invited to join if not the first session, then by the third session to address issues as a family. Teens who are ready may join a support group.  The support group reinforces the teens commitment to new goals, offering peer support.


PictureIndividual Teen Prevention Education as well  as                                 Teen Intervention


Self esteem building, refusal skills, building peer support,assistance with school suspension, conflict resolution,defining healthy boundaries, healthy stress reduction support groups - parent/teen negotiations

       The Guidance Center is the Lead Agency for                                      

       Southold Town COMMUNITIES THAT CARE

 The Communities That Care is an operating system that involves the creation of a specific risk and protective factor profiles and existing resources.  Protection and risk occur in the four domains of:
     Family, School, Community and Individual/Peer

Environmental Stratigies are untilized, Red Ribbon Week, Red Ribbon Year , Town Hall Meetings, as well as an Hispanic Town Meeting,Parades, Strawberry Festival and Maritime Festival Information Booths, on going Community Education                      


    Evidenced Based Prevention

                   The Guidance Center as Prevention Agency in collaboration with Southold Town Communities That Care offers a  summer Prevention Project for 20 teens.  Based on the results of the Assessment Survey Communities That Care (CTC) have implemented evidenced based programs including Lions Quest.  CTC has a prevention dance utilizing Lions Quest on a near to monthly basis.  The Guidance Center as a Prevention Agency offers a Summer Prevention Project.  .Evidenced Based Programs, and literature from the Substance Abuse Mental Health Service Agency, the National Institute on Drug Abuse,  New York State Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services, and Suffolk County Mental Health and Hygiene  are used to implement prevention education in the areas of Substance Abuse, Teen Pregnancy, Delinquency, Dropping Out of School, and Violence.     

Teen Prevention Groups 


Picture   An integrated  approach to Prevention involving  the entire community -  Utilizing a Prevention Needs Assessment Survey the school and community not only complied with the No Child Left Behind  Act but also was able to formulate a profile of the substance use and antisocial behaviors related to the risks and protective factors.