Alternative Peer Groups (APG)

Our Alternative Peer Group (APG) is a community-based, family-centered, professionally staffed, positive peer to peer support program that offers pro-social activities, college and career readiness, group counseling, substance use education, prevention and intervention for youth who struggle with substance misuse, mental illness, and juvenile delinquency.

Group of teens together

The APG Program

Our Alternative Peer Group program borrows from the traditional “Twelve Step Model.” These steps are tailored to meet the developmental needs of adolescents by focusing on peer relationships as the catalyst for change. Our Twelve Step model includes many different activities and benefits for teens, such as:

  • Positive Peer Associations
  • Increased knowledge of MH/SA Symptoms and the risk factors associated with the disorders/juvenile delinquency
  • Group/Individual and Family Counseling
  • College and Career Readiness (e.g., exploration of college and career opportunities, college tours)
  • Social competencies and problem-solving skills
  • Effective parenting training
  • Reduction in the frequency of maladaptive behaviors, thoughts, and feelings that interfere with attaining a reasonable quality of life.

Criteria - The criteria for admittance into the APG level of care is:
·   Ages 13-21
·  Substance Use/Misuse
·  Mental Health Issues(ADHD/Anxiety/Depression)
·  At Risk for Juvenile Delinquency
·  Undisciplined/Court Adjudicated
·  School Suspensions
·  Negative Peer Association  

The APG way

The APG Program is About Support

APG Group Sessions

Our youth groups are facilitated by licensed professionals.  Staff members are trained in a model of care based on research-supported principles that address risk factors for substance misuse, mental illness, and juvenile delinquency.

Services are provided in a wide range of advanced therapy and counseling skills that include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), Trauma Informed Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy.

Groups that are held meet 2x a week for 2.5 hours. See the different groups below.

  • Youth Group Counseling - Positive Peer to Peer Support facilitated by a Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist (LCAS) and/or Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
  • Parent Group - Provides parent driven support to families.
  • College and Career Readiness - Exploration of college and career opportunities, college tours, leadership skills, professionals sharing their career paths with youth.
  • Pro-Social Activities- Planned community events, educational field trips

Learn more about our Alternative Peer Group

APG’s are a much better fit for the young person seeking recovery because the main focus is to offer and shape a new peer group that utilizes positive peer pressure to obtain and maintain recovery. In addition, APG’s focus on making recovery more fun by organizing and staffing functions throughout the week, weekends, and summers.