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New program aimed at teens with anger issues

A new program for teens facing anger control and resentment issues, is now available in Richmond, provided by Pacific Family Life Counselling.

PowerQuest is a six-week program developed by Dr. Steven Stosney, and comprises animated PowerPoint slides that help train teens to control their anger and reduce their feelings of resentment.

Aimed at teens between the ages of 12 and 15, the program goes beyond just anger management, and helps teens get in touch with their core values.

Alan Hay, who delivers the program, said the program was brought to Richmond because there are very few support services for youth in the Lower Mainland.

“I have worked with youth in Richmond since 1986 in many capacities and definitely see that there are fewer services today to support youth,” Hay said.

“Today, parents are stretched to work longer hours, sometimes multiple jobs, which means less quality time to spend with their kids and this is often where some of the challenges for kids begin.”

Hay believes all kids should be handed the tools to help them make positive choices, communicate better, bolster their self esteem and help them understand why they become angry sometimes.

“Our program provides a way for youth to deal with that anger in a healthy constructive way,” Hay said. “We also feel we need to be serious about bullying and our program provides support and resources for both youth who have been bullied but also for those kids who channel their anger in a negative way and bully others.”

While the program costs $549, Hay said his counselling service has designed a sliding fee scale based on family income, and efforts are underway to securre both private and public funding for scholarships.

“We understand that the program may seem expensive at first glance, but can we put a price on such valuable assets for the future, our youth,” he said

For more information about the program, visit www.powerquest.me or call Pacific Family Life Counselling at 604-716-7976.

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