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Books and journals used in The Seven Challenges Program are published by Viva Press. Use of these materials requires training, so Viva Press will only sell these publications to organizations that are authorized to provide the Program. Those interested in downloading samples of the primary Seven Challenges books and journals may click here.

The Seven Challenges provides many additional documents free of charge to authorized organizations during their Initial Training, Leader Training, and ongoing support sessions. Some of these include program supervision aids, quality assurance forms, scripted sessions for helping counselors as they get started using the program, training materials, mini-posters for youth, and diplomas for youth for completion of each of the Journals

Publications for Youth

During group and individual sessions, The Seven Challenges book of readings is used by youth to gain ideas and inspiration for looking at their own lives. Book: The Seven Challenges Readings by Dr. Robert SchwebelThis 120-page book is based on the experiences of young people who have been successful in overcoming alcohol and other drug problems. It is written in the first person plural tense - using the word "we" to express the point of view of these youth.

The Seven Challenges Journals are a valuable tool for helping young people reflect upon their lives and drug use, and to support them in their decision-making and change process. Each youth works through the set of nine Journals, one at a time, by writing in the Journal and then giving it to their counselor for written responses and comments. The Seven Challenges Journals by Dr. Robert SchwebelEach Journal will pass back and forth between the youth and counselor several times during this Cooperative Journaling® process. Youth will often write thoughts and feelings in journals that they would not disclose in face-to-face conversations. As shown in the download Journal sample, a combination of short answer, listing, and check-the-box techniques are used to keep it simple, even for those who are challenged by reading and writing deficits.

For each room where sessions are conducted there are two full-sized color posters. One lists each of the Challenges and the other serves as a visual aid for helping young people learn what it means to "work" in counseling sessions. These posters are called The Seven Challenges Poster and Working Sessions Poster.

Counselor Materials

Each counselor providing the Program for youth will need The Seven Challenges Manual to read prior to their organization's Seven Challenges Initial Training. This 176-page publication supplements the training. It presents basic information about The Seven Challenges such as counseling approaches for each of the changes; instruction on how to implement the program; Book: The Seven Challenges Manual by Dr. Robert Schwebelstrategies for introducing the program and program publications; guidelines for responding to Journals; ideas about how to effectively monitor and supervise the program. The Manual also contains many of the "nuts and bolts" details that help in implementing the program. It serves as a valuable learning tool and reference book for Seven Challenges counselors.

The Seven Challenges Training DVD is viewed by each counselor in preparation for attending The Seven Challenges Initial Training for their organization. In this video, Dr. Schwebel, the creator of the program, presents a brief history, gives an overview of how the program works, and introduces a few of the counseling skills central to the program. In addition to being viewed prior to The Seven Challenges Initial Training, the DVD is one of the tools used by an organization's Seven Challenges Leaders to help orient and train staff and new counselors as they are hired. Parts of the DVD can also be shown as an orientation to parents, referral sources, court personnel and other community stakeholders.

The Seven Challenges Activity Book contains 72 activities designed to help counselors who are facilitating Seven Challenges sessions.  This book also has four chapters of helpful information about skillfully leading activities, applying Seven Challenges counseling skills and adapting group activities for individual work.  Each activity contains instructions for preparation, facilitation, suggested discussion topics and relevant readings from The Seven Challenges book of readings.

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We decided to open up and talk honestly about ourselves and about alcohol and other drugs.

We looked at what we liked about alcohol and other drugs, and why we were using them.

We looked at our use of alcohol or other drugs to see if it has caused harm or could cause harm.

We looked at our responsibility and the responsibility of others for our problems.

We thought about where we seemed to be headed, where we wanted to go, and what we wanted to accomplish.

We made thoughtful decisions about our lives and about our use of alcohol and other drugs.

We followed through on our decisions about our lives and drug use. If we saw problems, we went back to earlier challenges and mastered them.

© Copyright Robert Schwebel, Ph.D