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At-Risk Youth Programs

Gina Vance, CLC, CCHT
Power Source & HealthRHYTHMS® Adolescent Protocol Trained Facilitator, Certified Life Coach, Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist, Academy for Guided Imagery Certified, Author, Speaker, Raconteur

As a mentor and group facilitator, Ms. Vance models and teaches mindfulness mental training for emotional regulation, violence prevention, substance abuse, and complex trauma for high risk and incarcerated adolescents and adults.

She specializes in bringing programs into communities that may not have the familiarity or confidence to implement them, and then leaving the existing staff adept at continuing the programs internally.

Power Source is a curriculum of the Lionheart Foundation especially for youth at high risk that includes a relatable textbook and experiential class time that’s proven transformative even for those in extreme challenge.

The HealthRHYTHMS® Group Empowerment Drumming Program uses mindfulness, music and compassion to turn tragedy into triumph, pain into understanding, and anger into hope.

Gina is a Certified Life Coach, Registered Behavioral Therapist, Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist, and Trained HealthRHYTHMS® Facilitator.

Specialties: Stress management, anger management, Life Skills Coaching, pain management, trauma healing, emotional intelligence, emotional literacy, soft skills, mindfulness, clarity, achievement, philanthropy.

Website: MindBodyJourneys.com

Email here.

Sausalito, CA & Walnut Creek, CA
(415) 275-4221

Modesto, CA
(209) 324-2452










Module 1: Introduction to Mindful Mental Training & Identity
Orient group members toward building a cohesive group atmosphere, introduce mindfulness, and learn and practice some introductory mindfulness techniques.

Module 2: Risk Taking and Impulse Control
Identify realistic and practical ways to feel good about themselves and their lives and transform the cycle of high-risk behavior into a pattern of behavior that builds self-esteem, a sense of integrity, and feelings of responsibility toward oneself and the community.

Module 3: Lost Childhoods & Entitlement
Understand the connection between needs, wants, entitlement thinking, and high-risk behavior, and generate greater levels of self-control. Come to terms with losses of the past while finding positive ways to meet basic emotional needs to reduce entitlement thinking and the high-risk behaviors associated with it.

Module 4: Self: Who Are You Anyway?
Introduce the idea of the “core Self” or the “true Self” that represents a deeper, healthier Self that is good and wise. Realign their self-concept toward something greater and more constant than their acting-out behavior. Explore the difference between “who we are and what we do”, and the difference between inherent value and the fact that sometimes human beings make mistakes.

Module 5: Friends --- To Trust Or Not To Trust
Help members become more aware of the types of relationships they want to develop regardless of their past experiences, and develop concrete skills that will assist them in becoming more assertive and selective in the relationships they pursue across their lifetimes.

Module 6: Disrespect, Anger, and Shame - Dealing with the Heavy Hitters
Help examine reactions to anger- and shame-provoking situations. Encourage members to become observers of their feelings and behaviors as well as participants to gain greater control of their emotions and consequent actions. Meditation and cognitive reframing (allowing oneself to interpret a situation differently) are also used to reduce high-risk responses to shame- or anger-inducing events.

Module 7: Families
Encourage group members to begin examining patterns of unhealthy behavior in their own families. Use the knowledge of intergenerational family problems to take steps in breaking the cycles. Adjust the “blueprint” for functioning in the world learned from family, and redefine roles.

Module 8: Grief & Loss
Examine feelings related to loss in a balanced way that does not overwhelm. Explore alternate tactics to release pain other than psychologically “cutting off” from painful feelings.

Module 9: Taking Responsibility For Offending Behavior
Introduce the three A words (Acknowledging the offense, Accepting responsibility, and Apologizing). Moving beyond offenses by acknowledging the truth about their offenses, including the impact these actions had on their victims, so that true healing is possible. Taking complete responsibility as a fundamental step in growing into more aware, responsible, and compassionate individuals. Letting go of rationalizing, denying and defending negative actions.

Module 10: Self-Forgiveness and Forgiving Others
After genuinely participating in the 3As, look honestly at the emotional forces underlying offending and self-destructive behavior in order to heal prior damage and prevent subsequent offenses. Understand the impact of destructive and negative actions on the self and begin healing those injuries. Achieve closure and relief by choosing to let go of the pain, judgment, hostility, and fear that burdens. Move beyond the shame that contributes to re-offending.

Module 11: The Future
Jump-start the thought process about where you want to go and the kind of life worth living. Get inspired to think in a fresh, optimistic way about what’s possible. Let go of all or nothing thinking.

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