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The programs at OPTIONS are evidence-based and use evidence-based practices that are proven to be effective in producing positive results.  Pre-post evaluations are administered to ensure youth involved in the various programs are gaining skills that will help lower their risk levels.  Currently, OPTIONS offers: 


  • THINKING FOR a CHANGE (T4C) is a program that attempts to increase a youth’s social awareness and problem solving abilities.  It encourages youth to take control of their life by taking control of their thinking. 


  • VOICES Program is designed to encourage girls to seek and celebrate their “true selves” by providing safe space, encouragement, structure, and the support they need to embrace their journeys of self-discovery.  It is based on the realities of girl’s lives and the principles of gender responsivity; it is grounded in theory, research, and clinical experience.  The Voices curriculum advocates strength-based approach and uses a variety of therapeutic approaches, including psychoeducational, cognitive-behavioral, and expressive arts.  It is an eighteen group session program which utilizes research-based process called interactive journaling.
  • PRE-TRUANCY Program is designed to increase attendance, increase academic success increase parental accountability, and to enhance a positive attitude towards school.
  • JOB READINESS Program is designed to teach those competencies that the Department

    of Labor and research recommended for finding and keeping a job. Youth will learn practical job finding skills, practice positive/ professional behavior, and explore their own personal

    strengths and values.



    * MARIJUANA BRIEF INTERVENTION #1 – 1-2 session format designed for 1st time low level users.  The program incorporates motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral methods that assist them in making a well informed choice not to use again.


    * MARIJUANA BRIEF INTERVENTION #2 – 6-8 substance abuse group sessions that provides information to help people manage, reduce, or stop their marijuana use.  It assists young marijuana users in changing their patterns of use so they are able to stop.  The program incorporates motivational interviewing, cognitive-behavioral approaches and stages of change.  Workbooks are utilized to ensure understanding and compliance.


  • LOVE & LOGIC PARENTING Program is designed to teach parents how to raise children that are self-confident, motivated, and ready for the real world.  It will teach skills parents can immediately utilize, provide encouragement and determination to challenge their children in solving their own problems, while gaining the confidence they need to meet life’s challenges.  Parents will learn to establish healthy control without resorting to anger, threats, nagging or exhausting power struggles.  Workbooks are used to ensure understanding.


All services at OPTIONS are offered at no charge to residents of Culpeper County.


Another component of OPTIONS is the Community Service Program.  Community Service is a work that is performed for the benefit of the community through a non-profit organization(s) that may help teach the youth social skills, problem solving skills, labor skills, and how to give back to their community in a voluntarily or unpaid effort. This program provides supervised community service for youth who have been required to complete it by the local referral source.  Community service work is completed during non-school hours, weekend, and summer hours.  Some of the activities OPTIONS supervises for community service are:


  • Candle Light Vigil
  • Culpeper Air Fest
  • Culpeper Fest
  • Frisbee Golf Course
  • Culpeper Little League
  • Senior (Elderly) Prom
  • Soap Box Derby
  • Therapeutic Garden