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What is the Power Program?

The POWER program is a school-based 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 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.

What does it look like for students to participate in the POWER Program?

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 35 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.

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.

What is included in each group meeting?

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
Group Meeting 8: Booster Group Meeting – Individual Meeting for students who may need individual support

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



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Please contact:
Stuart Luther
School Mental Health Coordinator