We recently added a new way to connect to the mission – books! Several times per year, a book about substance use disorder prevention, treatment or recovery will be suggested for a group read and friendly discussion. VIEW ON CALENDAR

4-part skills group for parents and caregivers of 9-15 year olds. A key offering of Scituate FACTS! More than 300 local families have completed the prevention skills workshop so far! Guiding Good Choices is a four-part workshop designed to educate parents and caregivers of 9-15 year olds about the risks for developing substance use disorder. The Guiding Good Choices program is based on 30 years of prevention research to target ways for parents and caregivers to mitigate risks for substance use and other problem behaviors among children. Workshop facilitators will share the latest Scituate substance use data from anonymous student surveys. Then, over the course of four weeks, parents and caregivers will learn effective parenting techniques, family management strategies, and how to communicate peer pressure refusal skills to their children. The development of these specific skills has been linked to delayed onset or reduction of adolescent substance use, and lower rates of depression among families who complete the workshop.Daytime and Evening offerings are planned throughout the school year.


SPS students in grades Pre-K through grade 12 have health education that covers a wide variety of topics over time, including Substance Misuse Prevention, Mental Health and Emotional Health. An overview of Substance Misuse Prevention topics covered in wellness classes is available in a printable PDF format.

Sunday, November 3, 2019 from 1:00 - 4:00 pm at the Scituate Center for the Performing Arts, 606 Chief Justice Cushing Highway, Scituate, MA

Free to attend for teens, parents, caregivers, coaches, teachers, clergy, and other adults committed to raising children. This year, program will open with an original play from The Improbable Players! Don’t miss this special opportunity to learn with your kids. A breakout session will follow- to learn skills that can reduce or prevent substance use in your own families or through your work with children. Please see link for workshop details and registration. Resource materials and refreshments included in this free conference-style event. Free childcare provided for ages 3 and up by Scituate Recreation.


Program begins at 1:00pm in the Center for the Performing Arts
The Improbable Players present “Running on E”

This original play features four actors who are in long-term recovery from substance use disorder. Running on E follows a group of teenagers in their final year of high school. Each character has their own story and pressures. Between them a wide range of experience is displayed: the very focused and stressed overachiever, the supportive and strong-willed friend, the reckless party kid, the joiner, and the bystander. The performance is 45 minutes in length, followed by a talkback and Q&A with the actors.

Note to families: Our planning team selected this theme as appropriate for youth in grades 7 -12. Some scenes in the play depict high school party culture. While this is not the norm in Scituate (many of our HS-aged youth are not using substances), it is important to address the reality of risky behavior, social influence, and community norms. Since you know your children best, please use your own discretion when deciding if this opportunity is appropriate for them. All themes will be resolved with factual information and help-seeking as part of the program.

Following the performance and a snack break, adults and youth will attend one breakout workshop of their choice. 

2:45- 4:00pm Adult Workshops - Pre-register for one:

A) Parenting Your Teen: Navigating Real-Life Situations
Facilitator: Steve Maguire, M.Ed.

Back by popular demand! This interactive workshop is geared to parents and caregivers of 7-12th grade students. Should my kids sleep over other people's houses? What do I do if my kids go to a house where young people are drinking and the parents know about it? How do I talk to other parents about role modeling positive behavior? Can teenagers say no and still have friends? We will explore these and other important parenting questions that can help everybody in the community get better at our most important job! Format for this workshop will include an overview of the positive parenting principles of Rules, Monitoring, and Consequences. Parents and caregivers will then work in small groups to apply this framework to real-life situations, based on their children's developmental stage. Participants will benefit from hearing from other parents who have been through this recently, or are navigating these waters currently, as they develop strategies for their own family. This workshop will not be recorded.

About the facilitator: Steve Maguire, M.Ed., is a Scituate High School science teacher. He combines his classroom and coaching experience with wit and emotion to engage and empower adults who are raising children. Through his own speaking business, called Go Turnstone, Steve has facilitated trainings and consultations at over 750 organizations in the last 15 years. He is an award winning educator, best-selling author, professional speaker, and father of four.

B) Building Protective Factors
Facilitator: Greg Ranieri, M.Ed.
This interactive workshop is open to parents and caregivers of children of ages 3- 17. We will adapt the topics based on the ages and interests of the group.
We hear a lot about the risks for addiction, but what about the other side if the equation? It is true that we can make an impact on children’s wellness outcomes by focusing on building protective factors - as well as reducing risk factors This session will open with a scientific overview of a risk and protective factor framework for preventing substance use problems. Participants will learn some of the common focus areas which impact early use of substances, adult substance use disorder and other unwanted outcomes. Using lists of assets by developmental age, we will inventory and then brainstorm specific action steps to build upon strengths.

About the facilitator: Greg Ranieri is the Department Chair of Health & Wellness for Scituate Public Schools and co-chair of the Scituate FACTS Coalition.  Greg is dedicated to the ongoing improvement and coordination of our school health programming, which includes community partnerships that have allowed our program to flourish. Greg co-founded Scituate FACTS in 2011, and has secured federal and local grants to benefit the physical, social and emotional well-being of PK-12 students and the SPS community.

C) Understanding Adolescent Treatment and Support
Facilitator: Shannon Mountain-Ray, LICSW
This interactive workshop is open to parents and caregivers of adolescents and young adults, as well as professionals who work with this age group.
What are some indicators of problematic substance use? Learn ways that families, pediatricians and others may intervene to have the most impact. What does treatment look like at this age? Learn about effective treatment approaches and where/how to access them. Also what should families expect over time, local resources, and strategies. Bring your questions!

About the facilitator: Shannon Mountain-Ray, MSW, LICSW, is the Director of Integrated Substance Use Treatment at the Adolescent Substance Use and Addiction Program's Primary Care Program (ASAP-PC) at Boston Children’s Hospital. ASAP is part of the Division of Developmental Medicine, and is staffed by developmental-behavioral trained pediatricians, licensed independent social workers and psychiatrists who specialize in the identification, diagnosis and treatment of substance use problems and disorders in children and adolescents. ASAP-PC is a collaboration between ASAP and the Pediatric Physician's Organization at Children's (PPOC) to bring substance use evaluation and treatment for adolescents into pediatric primary care settings.  ASAP-PC has launched in several pediatric primary care offices throughout Massachusetts including Village Pediatrics (Brockton), Briarpatch Pediatrics (Sandwich), Child Health Associates (Auburn/Shrewsbury), Framingham Pediatrics and Northampton Area Pediatrics.  The program is due to launch in 5 more practices in 2020.

2:45- 4:00pm Youth Workshops - Ages 12 and up pre-register for one:

A) Talk Session with an Improbable Player
Facilitator: Meghann Perry, CARC

Youth in this small group will explore misperceptions, previously held beliefs, social pressures, ways to say no, and coping strategies. Meghann will lead the group through hands on activities, discussion, group work and theater games, with an emphasis on exploring each teen's own values, opinions, experiences, and beliefs. The workshop will be fun and active, though some may choose not to participate in every activity. This session is a safe place to share and express and it will not be recorded.

About the facilitator: Meghann Perry is a person in long term recovery and an actor and Teaching Artist with Improbable Players, doing substance use prevention work through theater. She is also a Certified Addiction Recovery Coach, actor, award-winning storyteller, and the co-creator of Recovery Storytelling. She combines her background in the performing arts with her work as a recovery coach in many creative projects and recovery advocacy work. She particularly enjoys working with youth and young adults, and is an alumna of Scituate Public Schools. Find out more at www.meghannperry.com

B) Anyone can meditate
Facilitator: Joy Kingsbury, OT
No experience or equipment is necessary.  Calming techniques can be used anywhere and anytime. Youth will learn some of the basics behind the brain-body connection, and then practice simple techniques.A variety of options will be shared so participants can identify situations and responses that may work for them – including phone apps!
About the facilitator: Joy Kingsbury is an Occupational Therapist in Norwell Public Schools and a yoga and meditation teacher



Scituate FACTS identifies best practices in substance misuse prevention and early intervention, and provides learning opportunities for our partners. Some examples include: Beverage Alcohol Training for package store employees, Drug Recognition Expert training for police officers, Cannabis Use Disorder training for healthcare providers, Screening Brief Intervention & Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) training for school nurses, and more.
Please contact Coalition Staff to learn more about ongoing learning opportunities for your sector.