Get a handle on teen behavior before it gets out of control with the help of the Parent Project.

The 12-week course designed to teach parents how to identify destructive behaviors and change them in a positive manner is being offered by Axis Community Health, the city of Dublin and the Dublin school district.

It is open to all parents from the Tri-Valley and beyond.

"Raising strong-willed or rebellious adolescents presents serious challenges, ones that often negatively impact everyone in the home," said Amie Sousa, Axis' teen drug and alcohol program coordinator. "Through the Parent Project, parents acquire the skills needed to combat destructive behaviors, including poor academic performance and drug and alcohol abuse."

The Parent Project offers strategies for identifying and preventing destructive behaviors. Each three-hour session focuses on solutions and activities for modifying behavior. The sessions also feature a support group that gives parents the chance to share experiences in applying lessons.

The Parent Project, founded in Southern California by a retired police supervisor and a psychologist, claims to be the largest court-mandated juvenile diversion program in the country. It helps parents modify teen behavior to relieve stress and isolation while improving the quality of life in the home, according to officials.

Parent Project sessions will be held every Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. starting March 19 at Valley High School, 6901 York Ave. in Dublin. The cost is $100 per person or $150 per couple. A limited number of scholarships are available. Register by calling 925-201-6210.

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