Empowering Families is a 10 week program for families with teens ages 14-18 (in high school) in danger of dropping out of school, could have a history of using or abusing drugs, might have difficulty controlling their temper, being defiant, or may experience mental health problems or a range of other issues. The program takes a ‘whole family’ approach that helps parents and teens to develop skills for trust and mutual respect. In the first hour, parents and youth participate in separate sessions where they discuss a range of topics. In the second hour, all participants come together again for a session where they build on the topics and skills they’ve explored separately. In addition to the group sessions, families will also meet individually with a licensed therapist.