TPC Journal-Vol 11-Issue-3 - FULL ISSUE

The Professional Counselor | Volume 11, Issue 3 367 Appendix B MCARR Curriculum MCARR Curriculum Module 1 Orientation to the MCARR Program and Community Building Learning Objectives At the end of this lesson, students will: 1. Establish the foundation for the development of community within the classroom group. 2. Recognize community and civic responsibility within the students’ own school. 3. Identify the benefits of being a part of a classroom community, including the value in being socially and emotionally supported by others in social environments. Activities • Psychoeducational lecture. • Team-building activity. • Scenarios: Students consider scenarios of school- and community-related challenges that require social connectedness and help students develop solutions that promote stronger social bonds and support. Module 2 Personal Coping Learning Objectives At the end of this lesson, students will: 1. Recall the potential impact of stress and how it may correlate with less healthy choices, such as drug and alcohol use, including warning signals within self and others. 2. Identify coping skills that can mediate the negative impact of stress on student well-being. 3. Recognize healthy stress-reducing behaviors already used by students and introduce new coping strategies for managing stress. Activities • Psychoeducational lecture. • Students practice several basic methods for managing life stress, including diaphragmatic breathing and abbreviated progressive muscle relaxation. • Students identify life stress and coping strategies, with special emphasis on the potential for strategies to reduce the risk of drug and alcohol use. Module 3 Attitudes and Messages About Use Learning Objectives At the end of this lesson, students will: 1. Recognize the impact of societal attitudes and messages on adolescent substance use. 2. Identify the messages received through the media about substances and the impact on student decision-making. 3. Define the impact of stress and normalization of common responses to stress. Activities • Psychoeducational lecture. • Group discussion on a series of photos and statements made by popular musicians. Students assume the perspective of the popular figure, theorize about attitudes they may have had, and evaluate the impact of those attitudes on the lives of those figures. • Students are then challenged to understand other popular culture influences on drug and alcohol use.