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AT&T Foundation Grant for Teen Program at Natchaug Hospital

AT&T Foundation presents $5,000 grant: (from left) Natchaug’s Director of Ambulatory Programs, Dr. Carrie Pichie, Natchaug Board Member Judi Caracausa, AT&T External & Legislative Affairs Bill Turner, Natchaug President & CEO Dr. Stephen W. Larcen, and Natchaug Board Member Representative Betsy Ritter.

Natchaug Hospital received a $5,000 grant from the AT&T Foundation toward the incorporation of The Seven Challenges treatment model into the Hospital’s adolescent treatment programs.  Developed by Robert Schwebel, Ph.D., this evidence-based holistic program fits well with Natchaug Hospital’s current adolescent psychiatric treatment programs.

The Seven Challenges program is designed specifically for adolescents with drug problems, to motivate a decision and commitment to change — and to support success in implementing the desired changes. The program simultaneously helps young people address their drug problems as well as their co-occurring life skill deficits, situational problems, and psychological problems.

The challenges provide a framework for helping youth think through their own decisions about their lives and their use of alcohol and other drugs. Counselors using The Seven Challenges program teach youth to identify and work on the issues most relevant to them.

Natchaug Hospital, a provider of adolescent psychiatric services for 37 years, looks forward to incorporating The Seven Challenges into its ten-site network of mental health and addiction treatment programs.