The ninth grade human development curriculum focuses on the topics of substance abuse education and suicide prevention. A facilitator from Freedom from Chemical Dependency (FCD), a national non-profit organization that provides school-based substance prevention services, conducts a week-long extensive workshop with students on drug and alcohol abuse and dependency (www.fcd.org). During that week the facilitator also leads an evening parent presentation.
A trained facilitator from Teen Life Counts (TLC), a school-based suicide prevention and education program, presents to the ninth grade students during a class period over one week (www.teenlifecounts.org). The program aims to make students aware of warning signs for suicide so they may recognize individuals in their peer group who may be at a high risk for suicide and so students understand what resources are available to them to seek help for those peers in need.
The tenth grade Human Development course occurs during one class period every day for three weeks. The school counselors facilitate discussions with students and lead activities, including: ethics and decision-making; sexuality; dangers of drugs and alcohol; current adolescent brain research; and mental health issues, including: stress, depression, suicide, and eating disorders.
Tenth grade students will also attend an all-day seminar led by Sudden Impact at LSU Medical Center. The presentation includes information about drinking and driving and texting and driving. The Louisiana State Police and LSU Medical Center conduct the program. The program lasts seven hours and occurs in the Trauma Center, allowing students to witness the devastation of motor-vehicle crash injuries and fatalities due to driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, distracted driving, and driving unrestrained. Trauma victims, ILH medical staff, and state troopers present information to the students. The program ends with a visit to a patient in the Trauma ICU or Emergency Department.
The eleventh grade Human Development curriculum revisits topics of substance abuse education and prevention. Students in their junior year also meet with a facilitator from Freedom from Chemical Dependency (FCD) for a one-week extensive workshop on drug and alcohol abuse and dependency. Eleventh grade parents are also invited to attend the evening FCD parent presentation.