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Episcopal High School

Choices Program

Choices Mission

Choices aims to reduce high-risk behavior through a comprehensive education and counseling program involving all members of the school community including students, parents, and faculty.

Through working together for an in‐depth understanding of the particular needs and issues of the school’s community, the partnership will focus on reducing risk by increasing the use of executive function skills.

Choices will reach out to students and parents in an effort to educate and support. We will also increase EHS faculty’s knowledge and skills in dealing with these high risk behaviors. Our goal is to reduce stigma and increase empathy within our community.

You can reach the Choices Counselor, Sam Scharff, by e-mailing her at sscharff@ehshouston.org or 713 512 3481.

Please know all comments, questions, or concerns will remain confidential.

The Choices Topic is How to Prevent High Risk Behavior Over the Summer!

Did You Know?!

  • During the months of May through August, teen deaths increase. This is largely credited to alcohol consumption and drinking while driving
  • Self-care and boredom can increase the likelihood that a young person will experiment with drugs and alcohol by as much as 50 %.
  • Summer can also be prime time for technology use to increase.
  • Internet abuse or overuse can interfere with real life relationships


RECOGNIZE THE TWO TYPES OF PEER PRESSURE

Direct social pressure is when someone offers you a drink or an opportunity to drink.

Indirect social pressure is when you feel tempted to drink just by being around others who are drinking—even if no one offers you a drink

Click here for a short clip from the TV show What Would You Do?What do you think you might have done if you were the adult or Matthew in this situation?


Too Much Family Time? Bored Out of Your Mind?—Here’s Your 5 Minute Fix!


  • Grin and Bear it- smiling can instantly lift your mood
  • Call a Friend- sometime you just need to vent!
  • Smell a Sweet Scent- lavender and peppermint can calm and energize
  • Visualize- imagine your favorite place to be…
  • Meditate- Even taking a few deep, breaths can help destress
  • DIY Massage-Releasing tension can ease your mind and body
  • Tune in- Music can energize and relax you
  • Close your eyes-A few minutes can calm and reboot
  • Take a Walk- exercise can boost endorphines and calm you

10 SUMMER ACTIVITIES THAT WILL TURN ADMISSIONS OFFICERS HEADS

  • 1.Volunteering
  • 2.Start a business
  • 3.Take classes
  • 4.Intern
  • 5.Spend the summer abroad
  • 6.Work on a charity project
  • 7.Work at a summer camp
  • 8.Attend college classes for high school students
  • 9.Visit colleges and make connections
  • 10.Create an online presence by starting a blog or webpage

There are plenty of fun activities to keep yourself busy over the summer months without engaging in high-risk behaviors, such as these lists here:

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/212443307397963489/.

I encourage you all to come up with you own list!



How To Prevent High Risk Behavior Over the Summer

To find out more information on Body Image and Eating Disorders click here to see the Choices Topic Handout- How to Prevent High Risk Behavior Over the Summer

View the Links below for more information and ways to get involved!

Click here to learn strategies to keep you feeling great all summer long!


Addiction

Addiction can be a scary word, but it is important to be aware of what the road to addiction looks like in order to intervene as soon as possible. Review the chart above, and please contact the Choices Counselor, Sam Scharff, by emailing her at sscharff@ehshouston.org if you have any questions or concerns about what addiction may look like in someone you know.

Did You Miss It?

Click here for the May 2017 Choices Handout: How to Prevent High Risk Behavior Over the Summer

Click here for the April 2017 Choices Handout: Drug use

Click here for the March 2017 Choices Handout: Technology Addiction

Click here for the February 2017 Choices Handout: Body Image and Eating Disorders

Click here for the January 2017 Choices Handouts- Teens and Gambling and Video Game Compulsion

Click here for the December 2016 Choices Handouts: Suicide Prevention and Stress Management

Click here for the November 2016 Choices Handout: Healthy Relationships

Click here for the October 2016 Choices Handout: Relational Aggression

Click here for the September 2016 Choices Handout: Alcohol Awareness

Click here for the September 2016 Parent Forum: The Science of High Risk Behavior

Click here for the August 2016 Choices Handout: E-Cigarettes & Tobacco Use

Click here for the April 2016 Choices Handout- Drug Use

Click here for the April 2016 Parent Forum- Preparing for Summer

Click here for March 2016 Choices Handout- Alcohol Awareness

Click here for March 2016 Alcohol Awareness & Rodeo Guidlines Slides

Click here for February's Choices Handout- Teens, Social Media, and Technology

Click here for February 2016 Parent Forum- Words and Tools for Dealing with Difficult Situations with Our Teens

Click here for the January 2016 Choices Handouts- Teens and Gambling and Video Game Compulsion

Click here for the December 2015 Choices Handout on Suicide Awareness

Click here for the December 2015 Choices Handout- Teens and Stress

Click here for December 2014 Parent Forum- You Think You're Stressed- Teens and Stress Management

Click here for November 2015 Choices Handout- Body and Self Image

Click here for the November 2015 Parent Forum on body and self image- Healthy Body and Self Image

Click here for October's Choices Handout- Relationship Reality and Dating Violence

Click here for the October 2015 Parent Forum on Healthy communication, sex and relationships- Modern Family: How to talk about sex, communication and boundaries within your family!

Click here for September’s Choices Topic Handout- Cyber Bullying: Delete it!

Click here for the September 2015 Parent Forum on teenage brain development- My Kid Did What!

Click here for August’s Choices Topic Handout- Nicotine and Tobacco: You Can’t Afford the Cost

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