Student Assistance Program (SAP)

What is a Student Assistance Program?

The LICADD Student Assistance Program (SAP) is a comprehensive agency-school based collaborative effort designed to educate students about the current drug crisis and teach new and healthier coping skills in order to support successful learning and development. LICADD Student Assistance Program provides psychoeducation, prevention, early identification, family intervention, referrals and support groups for students impacted by the devastating problem of drugs and alcohol as well as related mental health issues in Long Island communities. These services foster risk reduction and the development of positive coping skills. LICADD works to assist students in providing a safe environment in which students are free to express their feelings and concerns as they develop positive relationships with peers, adults and professionals by acquiring knowledge, skills, and attitude development leading to student success within the family and school setting.

LICADD provides engaging and high energy youth-focused presentations to young people in schools, youth groups and community centers to facilitate discussion around drug use, decision making and healthy coping skills. All presentations are age appropriate and are based in evidence-based models. LICADD is constantly updating workshops and including new and interesting information relevant to young people today. Presentations can be done in individual classes, in after-school groups, and/or as full assemblies.

The mission of LICADD’s SAP is twofold

  • Goal 1: To combat the public health crisis of substance use among young people on Long Island. LICADD provides unique and specialized education and support services that empower students, parents, faculty and professionals to combat the public health crisis of substance use, specifically among young people on Long Island.
  • Goal 2: To promote wellness and teach healthy coping skills. The LICADD SAP works to promote wellness by teaching stress management, healthy coping skills, mindfulness, decision making skills through collaborative education, prevention and intervention services.

Youth-focused workshops

Topics may include but are not limited to:

  • New Trends in Drug Use
  • Marijuana and K2
  • Gateway Drugs: What That Means
  • Underage Drinking
  • Stress Management Skills
  • Why People Use Drugs
  • Emotional Regulation
  • Life in the Digital Age
  • Sexting and Social Media
  • Healthy Decision Making
  • Communication Skills
  • Managing Anxiety
  • The Opiate Crisis on Long Island
  • Signs and Symptoms
  • What Can I Do to Help My Friend?
  • Healthy Coping Skills

School and Community Educational Programs


“Too Good For Drugs”
Student Psycho-Educational Prevention Model

“Too Good for Drugs” engages students K-12th grade and is designed to reduce risk factors and enhance preventive factors for K-8th grade students by building on five essential life skills:

  • Goal setting
  • Decision making skills
  • Bonding with pro-social others
  • Identifying and managing others
  • Effective communication skills

“Teen – Intervene”
Student Psycho-Educational Prevention Model

Teen-Intervene is an evidence based program for teenagers (twelve to nineteen years old) suspected of experiencing mild to moderate problems associated with alcohol or other drug use. The Teen-Intervene program integrates stages of change theory, motivational interviewing, and cognitive behavioral therapy to help teens reduce and ultimately eliminate their chemical use.

The core components are based on:

  • Stages of Change Theory
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Motivational Interviewing

Parent/Family Trainings and Workshops – Parent Universities

The Student Assistance Program offers educational seminars to parents and caregivers in order to increase their awareness and knowledge regarding substance use and mental health issues among adolescents. It is key that families be involved at all stages of the spectrum of care, from education and prevention to early intervention and treatment. Popular caregiver-focused workshops include but are not limited to:

  • New Trends in Drug Use
  • Stress Management
  • Mindfulness
  • The drug use continuum
  • The impact of substance use on the family dynamic
  • Establishing boundaries and supportive structure within the home
  • Healthy communication skills
  • Prevention-Focused Parenting Tips
  • Overdose education and prevention
  • Psycho-pharmacological overview of various drug classifications
  • Child and Adolescent Development
  • Overview of solution focused approach and problem solving skills
  • Introduction to substance use treatment modalities including; detoxification programs, in-patient treatment, out-patient treatment, therapeutic communities, individual solution focused therapy, 12-step self-help fellowships
  • Support services and proposed interventions strategies for families
LICADD’s mission is to address the addictive climate of our times by providing initial attention and referral services to individuals, families, and children, through intervention, education and professional guidance to overcome the ravages of alcohol and other drug-related problems.
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