Education & Training

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Pajaro Valley and Student Assistance, Inc. offers a wide range of education programs and training opportunities for parents, teachers and community members.

Parenting Workshops

Parents of youth who receive services through any of our programs can participate in parenting workshops, Guiding Good Choices (GGC), a multimedia family-competency training program. The program is delivered in five weekly sessions specifically designed to strengthen parents’ family management skills, parent–child bonding, and children’s peer-resistance skills. Children are required to attend one session, which concentrates on peer pressure. The other four sessions involve only parents and include instruction in four areas:

  • Identifying risk factors for adolescent substance use and creating strategies to help parents guide their children in decision making and peer pressure situations
  • Developing effective parenting skills, particularly those regarding substance use issues
  • Managing anger and family conflict
  •  Providing opportunities for positive child involvement in family activities

For more information, contact:

PVPSA’s Youth Program Manager
Pajaro Valley Prevention and Student Assistance, Inc
Phone: (831) 728-6445

Prevention Curriculum – Grades 6-12

Botvin LifeSkills Training (LST) is a research-validated substance abuse prevention program proven to reduce the risks of alcohol, tobacco, drug abuse, and violence by targeting the major social and psychological factors that promote the initiation of substance use and other risky behaviors. This comprehensive and exciting program provides adolescents and young teens with the confidence and skills necessary to successfully handle challenging situations. Our experienced teaching staff is available to train teachers, provide prepared curriculum lessons and assist with curriculum delivery.


Tobacco Cessation Support Groups

Our prevention staff is available to train school staff and youth peer educators to facilitate Tobacco Cessation Support Groups for students who need help quitting.

For more information, contact:

Tobacco Use Prevention Education (TUPE) Coordinator
Pajaro Valley Prevention and Student Assistance, Inc.
Phone: (831) 728-6445

Special Presentations to School Staff or Community Groups

PVPSA provides presentation teams and materials for many different topics including,

  • Agency services and community resources
  • Youth Violence Prevention
  • Depression, Anxiety and other Mental Health issues
  • Bullying Prevention

For more information or to schedule a presentation, please contact:
Youth Program Manager
Pajaro Valley Prevention and Student Assistance, Inc.
Phone: (831) 728-6445

(a fee may be applicable)