The South Central New Mexico Prevention Coalition will soon begin offering a new family-focused
prevention program called "Creating Lasting Family Connections."

Through the program, participants will be “encouraged to improve their personal growth through increasing self-awareness, expression of feelings, interpersonal communication, and self-disclosure. Participants will be taught social skills, refusal skills, and appropriate alcohol and drug knowledge and beliefs, which provide a strong defense against environmental risk factors.”

The CLFC program also aims to provide parents and other caring adults with family management and enhancement training, as well as communications training. All participants will be provided opportunities to practice these skills in a group setting.

The CLFC program will be implemented for an estimated duration of 18 weeks (one session per week). Additionally, participants will be given the opportunity to take part in other activities, including health fairs and family nights.

Families are now being recruited to participate in the program. The program will normally meet at Club Fusion every Tuesday from 6-8 p.m., with some special meetings at other times and places announced during the program. The CLFC program will begin at 6 p.m. Sept. 24 at Club Fusion and will continue through Dec. 17, 2002. There may be a few Saturday meetings scheduled to offer family nights, health fairs and make-up sessions. An informational meeting has been scheduled at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 18 at the Picacho Middle School Cafeteria. All interested families are encouraged to attend. Refreshments will be provided.

For more information, contact Jamie Sells or Amy Buchanan at the South Central New Mexico Prevention Coalition at (505) 524-8951. Residents calling from outside the Las Cruces area may call toll free at 1-877-827-7200 and request a direct connection to SCNMPC.