United Counseling Service (UCS) is now providing The Seven Challenges Program for adolescents and young adults. The Seven Challenges is a comprehensive counseling program for young people that incorporates work on alcohol and other drug problems. The program provides comprehensive counseling that simultaneously addresses drug problems and co-occurring psychological problems and life skill deficits. Seven Challenges has a clearly defined structure for group sessions and the content of the session is driven by the relevancy of the youth. A unique feature of the program is that counselors teach youth how to “work” in counseling sessions; that is to identify and address the issues that are most pressing to them.
“We are excited to be offering this program at UCS, “says Monica Bolio, Seven Challenges Leader at UCS. “ We help young people make their own informed decisions and then succeed in implementing the changes they desire.”
The program is easily adaptable and allows for a high level of counselor skill and creativity. The Seven Challenges program strives for youth to see their counselors as problem solving partners. To learn more about this nationally recognized program visit sevenchallenges.com.
UCS is a private, non-profit community mental health center serving Bennington County since 1958. UCS promotes healthy lifestyles through all its programs and offers care at 15 different facilities, including two primary outpatient facilities in Bennington and Manchester. UCS provides comprehensive, community-based behavioral and developmental services for children, adults, families, and seniors. UCS employs 300 people and annually serves nearly 3,000 Bennington County residents. UCS has been designated a Center of Excellence by Vermont Care Partners.
To learn more about Seven Challenges please call Monica Bolio (802) 442-5491 or visit ucsvt.org.