C.A.S.T. is a small group approach to decreasing suicidal behaviors, depression, and drug involvement among teens. The program is facilitated by Youth First Social Workers trained in trauma-informed care during the (middle or high) school day.
Get in touch with Youth First staff for more information about this program.
- Laura Wathen, Director of Programs
C.A.S.T. (short for Coping And Support Training) is provided by Youth First Social Workers in schools over a period of weeks. C.A.S.T. includes 12 sessions that are delivered in small groups of 6–8 youth, ideally twice a week over a six-week period.
- Improved Moods
- Decreased Drug Use
- Improved School Smarts (including attendance, grades, attitude, and school connectedness)
reduction in suicide risk behaviors
reduction in anxiety for girls
reduction in anxiety for boys
reduction in depression
reduction in hard drug use
reduction in alcohol use
increase in problem-solving coping
increase in personal control
increase in family support