Wellness, Health Promotion & Prevention

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8221 Willow Oaks Corporate Drive
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Raymond Paden

Leadership & Resiliency Program

​Important Notice Regarding the Leadership & Resiliency Program

The Leadership & Resiliency Program is no longer be available for purchase but is offered in the public domain.

Please note the following:

  • Leadership & Resiliency Program information is being made available for use free of charge only for educational use.
  • Fairfax County disclaims any and all liability associated with the use(s) of these materials. Fairfax County makes no warranties, express or implied, regarding the use of these materials.
  • Fairfax County does not waive its sovereign immunity in connection with the publication and use of these materials.

Email us with questions, or if you would like a copy of the materials that were translated into French.

This Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Model program has been replicated by dozens of localities across the USA and in Canada.

The Leadership and Resiliency Program©™ (LRP) is an intensive substance use prevention program designed to serve adolescents currently enrolled in mainstream or alternative high school settings. The long range goals for program participants include reduced/eliminated substance use, high school graduation, reduced/eliminated juvenile delinquency, post high school employment or enrollment in college, increased resiliency in at least two life domains and attitudes that view substance use as undesirable and unhealthy. Intermediate objectives include reduced school behavioral incidents, increased attendance, increased grade point averages and increased school and community bonding.

LRP uses social psychology and behavioral interventions to address cognitive dissonance and to support the process of attitudinal formation. Adolescent participants serve as role models for elementary aged youth in a variety of settings, teaching the younger children about the harmful effects of substance abuse. LRP components and activities are developmentally appropriate and created specifically for the target population, and seek to reduce risk factors. A guiding tenet in the LRP is that youth who are taught to be successful in adolescence will continue to seek out a success-based orientation to life as an adult.

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