New Interactive Online Video Program Helps Schools Tackle Drug and Alcohol Abuse

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Innovative web-based video program The Opportunity Clinic helps coaches, teachers, and school administrators effectively deal with drug and alcohol Student Code of Conduct Violations in Middle and High Schools with a positive message of personal responsibility.

The Opportunity Clinic offers an innovative online video program to combat drug and alcohol abuse in schools.

The Opportunity Clinic offers an innovative online video program to combat drug and alcohol abuse in schools.

The program includes 7 videos that are 15-20 minutes in length, and 27 “Critical Learning Questions” that the student must answer to complete the program.

In response to the growing number of sport and extra-curricular activity programs across the country that are implementing Drug and Alcohol Codes of Conduct for participating students, adolescent Drug and Alcohol expert Dr. Mike Thomson has launched The Opportunity Clinic.

The innovative, interactive web-based video program can be offered by Schools and Districts as an alternative to traditional methods for satisfying the Code of Conduct requirements after a student has been cited for using drugs or alcohol in order to regain admission to their activity or sport.

Increasingly sports and co-curricular activities(music, drama, dance, theatre, etc.) require participants to sign a Student Code of Conduct, which requires them to abstain from the use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. If the students breaks the contract by using these prohibited substances they will need to satisfy the Code of Conduct requirements in order to be readmitted to their sport or activity.

Traditional methods to meet these requirements are costly and time-consuming for both the Student and Parent. However, The Opportunity Clinic offers a cutting-edge interactive online option that features educational videos and thought provoking questions that must be answered by the student. It allows the student to get back to their activity quickly, while at the same time holding them accountable for their poor choices and teaching them personal responsibility.

The program includes 7 videos that are 15-20 minutes in length, and 27 “Critical Learning Questions” that the student must answer to complete the program. After the videos have been watched and the questions answered, the student can then print off the “Completion Certificate” and hand deliver it back to their school and get back to their sport or activity. Enrollment in the program is a one-time fee of $97 paid for by the parents. The program costs schools and districts zero dollars to implement and becomes another option available to parents and students when they face a Code of Conduct violation.

The Opportunity Clinic offers a number of benefits over traditional methods for satisfying the requirements spelled out in the High School Code of Conduct to regain admittance to a student's chosen sport or activity. These benefits Include: instant 24/7 access from any computer, no need to attend time-consuming workshops, far less expensive than psychological assessments and interactive videos that contain thought provoking questions that require the student to reflect upon and learn from the situation that got them in trouble. Plus, with the "Completion Certificate," school personal will get immediate feedback from the student on the lessons they learned, which is something that has been missing from traditional methods.

"The positive reception from coaches, advisors, activity directors and school administrators to the new program has been overwhelming. It is clear that these educators are facing an increasing amount of Code of Conduct violations and they are looking for a positive and constructive way to help students get back to their sport or activity, while at the same time holding them accountable for the poor choice they made at the time," said Dr. Mike Thomson the creator of The Opportunity Clinic.

School and District personnel interested in learning more about The Opportunity Clinic and how they can easily implement it and offer it to their parents and students can visit the program's website at http://www.OpportunityClinic.org, or call 800-290-2482 for more information.

About Opportunity Clinic Founder Dr. Mike Thomson:
Dr. Mike Thomson has dedicated his 30 year career to teaching character development and smart decision making to school aged children around the world. He is an Adjunct Professor with The Ohio State University (where he received his doctorate) and Ashland University and is also a highly sought after speaker who has been heard by over 2 million people worldwide. He started Mayo Clinic's first adolescent out-patient alcohol and drug abuse program and then went on to open and supervise the Mayo Clinic's first ever adolescent alcohol and drug abuse in-patient treatment program. Dr. Thomson is the author of his bestselling “Strategies For Saving Your Sanity in Parenthood” book series and the host of a 10 part DVD series “In Search of Character” that is widely used in Middle and High schools across the country. Dr. Thomson is available for interviews and speaking engagements. You can view Dr. Thomson's complete bio here: http://opportunityclinic.org/press-media/dr-thomson

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Telephone: 208-283-2371

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