The Power Program

(Positive Outcomes With Emotional Regulation)


Welcome to the the POWER Program, a school-based group intervention program designed to promote emotion-regulation skills for middle and high school students with, or at risk for developing, mental and behavioral health needs.

The Program

The POWER program incorporates techniques that have been found to be effective across adolescents with different types of emotion-related mental and behavioral health needs. As a targeted intervention, the POWER program is designed to be implemented at Tier 2 within a multi-tiered system of support framework.

Teacher with Students
Group of Students

The Group Format

Students who participate in the POWER program attend weekly group meetings in which they learn information and strategies to help them regulate their emotions. These meetings are about 40 minutes and are scheduled by the group facilitator with consideration to students’ schedules.

During these meetings, students discuss concepts that help them understand their own strengths and needs. Students learn and practice different physiological, behavioral, and cognitive strategies to help them regulate their emotions. Additionally, students monitor their own emotions in order to identify their growth and support needs.

Skills Reinforcement

Following these meetings, students complete “weekly challenges” that are related to the group meeting topic. These weekly challenges engage students in practicing concepts and strategies taught during the group meeting.

These meetings continue for 7 weeks. After this time, students may participate in a group-based booster session or individual check-ins with the group facilitator to support their skill growth.

Students working in a group
Multi-ethnic group of students

Meeting Topics

Group Meeting 1: Introduction to the POWER Program
Group Meeting 2: Recognizing and Labeling Emotions
Group Meeting 3: Relaxation and Behavioral Activation
Group Meeting 4: Understanding and Observing Thoughts
Group Meeting 5: Catch-Check–Choose Strategy, Part 1
Group Meeting 6:  Catch-Check-Choose Strategy, Part 2
Group Meeting 7:  Planning for Success
Booster Group Meeting
Individual Meeting



Intervention Materials

Resource guides, manuals, student materials and checklists are provided along with training videos. You can download individual materials by clicking on the button below.

Girl Watching Video

Training Videos

A comprehensive collection of training videos are available to further support the implementation and facilitation of The POWER Program. You can access the videos here.

Reach Us

Here is where you can find us.  For all inquiries, email is best.

Rutgers, the State University
of New Jersey
Department of
Psychiatric Rehabilitation & Counseling Professions
675 Hoes Lane West
8th Floor
Piscataway, NJ 08854


Need to talk with a real-live person?  We are here to help and we welcome your feedback!

Please contact:
Stuart Luther
School Mental Health Coordinator