MPower Program Parent Manual

June 15, 2022

Andria Botzet, Tamara Fahnhorst, & Maureen Laschen

The MPower Program serves to increase family communication and understanding around sensitive topics, especially alcohol and drug use, empower teems to make educated, healthy choices, and ultimately, reduce adolescent alcohol and drug use. The parent manual is designed to provide parents/guardians with additional information and resources to most effectively implement the MPower Program in the home setting. Information in the manual includes: background on adolescent brain development and cognitive emotional regulation to give parents a better understanding of teen behavior and provide guidance for promoting independence and cognitive/emotional regulation; techniques for effective communication; effective methods to cope with life stressors; and tips to help parents facilitate positive decision making styles. Accompanying exercises are provided throughout. The manual concludes with a reading list and resource guide for further exploration.