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Words Can Work high quality DVDs and booklets, addressing the vital issues kids face growing up, are endorsed by leaders in the field of public health, child development and family communication.

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In her dynamic, multimedia keynote presentations, Words Can Work creator Jeanne Blake brings you into adolescents’ world. Blake, an affiliated faculty member at Harvard Medical School’s Division on Addictions, offers information, communication strategies and the words to start and continue conversations with kids to build resiliency and help keep youth safe. Call 978.282.1663 or email info@wordscanwork.com for pricing.

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Alcohol: True Stories Hosted by Matt Damon - DVD
Young people tell their powerful stories about drinking and driving, drug addiction, and avoiding alcohol use. 20 minutes. Recommended for grades 5 through 12, parents, and other caregivers. Discussion Guide available on the DVD or can be downloaded here.

Alcohol: True Stories Hosted by Matt Damon is listed in the National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices (NREPP), a service of SAMSHA, the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. View excerpt:



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What People Are Saying...

“This remarkable video about one of America's most important public health concerns will be incorporated into national programs that can really make a difference…”
Howard J. Shaffer, Ph.D., C.A.S., Harvard Medical School

“... ideal for adolescent treatment settings, school health classes and for parents when talking about drug prevention. It's also useful for intervention when there's evidence of drug use. Anyone can relate to at least one story in the film.”
Janet Nance-Richardson, Alcohol and Other, Drugs Coordinator Child Welfare League of America

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Words Can Work: When Talking About Alcohol - Booklet
Young people and parents tell how they discuss underage drinking. Experts offer facts, strategies, and the words to help young people and families talk about alcohol use. (28pp.) Recommended for grades 5 & up, parents and other caregivers. Read an excerpt. Download classroom activity.

“…a whole world of valuable information in a deceptively small package.”
Karen Friedman, FNP, Middlesex School

"... shows a thorough and careful understanding of teen-parent relationships, and of current research in the field of prevention.”
Anara Guard, Director of Information & Marketing, Join Together

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Alcohol: True Stories DVD/Words Can Work booklet set - DVD/Booklet


Special Offer! Purchase Alcohol: True Stories Hosted by Matt Damon DVD and 20 Words Can Work: When Talking About Alcohol booklets as a set.

Alcohol: True Stories Hosted by Matt DamonYoung people tell their powerful stories about drinking and driving, drug addiction, and avoiding alcohol use. 20 minutes. Recommended for grades 5 through 12, parents, and other caregivers. Discussion Guide available on the DVD or can be downloaded here.

Alcohol: True Stories Hosted by Matt Damon is listed in the National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices (NREPP), a service of SAMSHA, the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. View excerpt:



We offer half-day and full-day trainings in the best use of Alcohol: True Stories Hosted by Matt Damon. Read here.

Words Can Work: When Talking About Alcohol
Young people and parents tell how they discuss underage drinking. Experts offer facts, strategies, and the words to help young people and families talk about alcohol use. (28pp.) Recommended for grades 5 & up, parents and other caregivers. Read an excerpt. Download classroom activity.
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Preventing Substance Abuse Set Booklet - Booklets
Kids who can talk with their peers and parents or other trusted adults are more likely to avoid the use of drugs and alcohol. Words Can Work booklets tell true stories and offer the information, communication strategies and the words to help young people make smart choices. You can help keep kids safe. Recommended for grades 5 & up, parents and other caregivers. Read excerpts.

This set of Words Can Work booklets includes: Words Can Work: When Talking About Alcohol and Words Can Work: When Talking About Drugs

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Boys on Bullying - DVD
Boys tell how they dealt with bullying through support from friends, parents, or other caring adults. 20 minutes. Recommended for Grades 5 through 12, parents, and other caregivers. Discussion Guide available on the DVD or can be downloaded here. View excerpt:



What People Are Saying...

“This program helps boys examine and break down male stereotypes that can contribute to bullying and isolation...”
Bernice T. Humphrey, Girls Incorporated

“Bullying often damages boys in ways they can’t express. Boys on Bullying gives words to our experiences and feelings. It needs to be seen by every boy and girl and their parents.”
Tom Klaus, MS, President and Lead Trainer, Legacy Resource Group

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Bullying: True Stories - DVD
Four young people tell their true stories about bullying. Daniel tells why he stopped his bullying behavior; Daniel’s target Courtney tells her story; Tre describes being shunned by a popular crowd; and Victor tells of being cyberbullied. We hear what actions finally stopped the bullying, and how schools handled bullying. 20 minutes. With Discussion Guide. Recommended for grades 4 through 12, parents, and other caregivers. Discussion Guide available on the DVD or can be downloaded here. View excerpt:



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**Bullying: True Stories reviewed by Video Librarian Magazine (September/October 2012). Read review here.

What People Are Saying...

"Bullying: True Stories captures heartfelt stories that will help young people and adults prevent bullying. This excellent DVD should be viewed by young people, parents, teachers -- anyone involved in the care and protection of our kids."
Gene Beresin, M.D., Director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Residency Training, Massachusetts General Hospital and McLean Hospital, Co-Director, Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Mental Health and Media, Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

"Bullying: True Stories is a very touching and honest account of bullying from different perspectives. These stories, told in the voices of young people who experienced bullying, are a very powerful teaching tool because they speak directly to the listener. I highly recommend Bullying: True Stories for anyone who wishes to reach young people through meaningful discussion about the devastating impact of bullying behavior and most importantly, how to stop it."
Robin D' Antona, Ed.D., Educational Consultant, Founding Board Member, International Bullying Prevention Association, Author, 101 Facts about Bullying: What Everyone Should Know

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Words Can Work: When Talking About Bullying - Booklet
Young people and parents tell how they handle and discuss bullying. Experts offer facts, strategies, and the words to help young people and families talk about bullying. (28 pp) Recommended for grades 4 through 12, parents, and other caregivers. Read an excerpt.

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Depression: True Stories - DVD
Untreated depression is the leading cause of suicide. Three young adults, including professional basketball player Chamique Holdsclaw, describe living with depression, their thoughts of suicide, and their recovery. They tell how early diagnosis and treatment can transform and save lives. With discussion guide. 26 minutes. Recommended for grades 6 through college, parents, and other caregivers. Discussion Guide available on the DVD or can be downloaded here. View excerpt:



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What People Are Saying...

Depression: True Stories provides compelling first person accounts of the suffering associated with this life threatening illness—depression. At the same time, it inspires hope about the power of treatment. It is certain to educate adolescents, young adults, parents, other caregivers, and health care professionals about a serious illness that can and should be treated.”
Paula K. Rauch, M.D. Director, Child Psychiatry Consultation Service to Pediatrics, Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School

"... a well-produced inspiring & educational product focused on a very important public health issue.”
Jason H. Padgett, MPA, Field Development Coordinator, Suicide Prevention Action Network USA (SPAN USA)

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Words Can Work: When Talking About Depression - Booklet
Young people and parents discuss living with depression. Experts offer facts, strategies, and the words to help young people and families have potentially lifesaving conversations. (32pp.) Recommended for grades 6 & up, parents and other caregivers. Read an excerpt. Download classroom activity

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Drugs: True Stories - DVD
Abuse of alcohol and marijuana led Joel to prescription painkillers. Joel and his family describe addiction, denial, and recovery. Trevor finds support to avoid drug use. H. Westley Clark, M.D., SAMHSA, and Howard Shaffer, Ph.D., Harvard Medical School, answer FAQ. 28 minutes. Recommended for grades 5 through college, parents, and other caregivers. Discussion Guide available on the DVD or can be downloaded here.

Drugs: True Stories is listed in the National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices (NREPP), a service of SAMSHA, the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. View excerpt:



We offer half-day and full-day trainings in the best use of Drugs: True Stories. Read here.

What People Are Saying...

Drugs: True Stories is a brilliantly produced and very hopeful piece. It illustrates very nicely the progression that goes with addiction.”
Richard Falzone, M.D., Clinical Instructor in Psychiatry, McLean Hospital, Harvard Medical School

Drugs: True Stories is emotionally engaging and scientifically accurate. Congratulations on a job well done.”
Diane Barry, Director of Communications, Health and Human Development Programs, EDC

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Words Can Work: When Talking About Drugs - Booklet
Young people and parents tell their stories about drug abuse, addiction and the benefits of staying drug-free. Brian Johnson, M.D., Harvard Medical School, and Jeanne Blake offer facts, strategies, and the words to help young people and families talk about drugs. (28 pp.) Recommended for grades 5 & up, parents and other caregivers. Read an excerpt.

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Drug DVD and booklet set - DVD/Booklet

Special Offer! Purchase Drugs: True Stories DVD and 20 Words Can Work: When Talking About Drugs booklets as a set.

Drugs: True Stories DVD
Abuse of alcohol and marijuana led Joel to prescription painkillers. Joel and his family describe addiction, denial, and recovery. Trevor finds support to avoid drug use. H. Westley Clark, M.D., SAMHSA, and Howard Shaffer, Ph.D., Harvard Medical School, answer FAQ. 28 minutes. Recommended for grades 5 through college, parents, and other caregivers. Discussion Guide available on the DVD or can be downloaded here.

Drugs: True Stories is listed in the National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices (NREPP), a service of SAMSHA, the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. View excerpt:


Words Can Work: When Talking About Drugs
Young people and parents tell their stories about drug abuse, addiction and the benefits of staying drug-free. Brian Johnson, M.D., Harvard Medical School, and Jeanne Blake offer facts, strategies, and the words to help young people and families talk about drugs. (28 pp.) Recommended for grades 5 & up, parents and other caregivers. Read an excerpt.

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In Our Own Words: Teens and AIDS - VHS/DVD
Teens infected with HIV through unprotected intercourse discuss denial, condoms, postponing sex, and how alcohol affects decision-making. 20 minutes. Available in Spanish. Recommended for grades 5 through 12, parents, and other caregivers. Discussion Guide available on the DVD or can be downloaded here. View excerpt:



What People Are Saying...

“If you’re a teacher, you’re a principal, you’re a superintendent, this is a video you should get for your schools…You can save a lot of kids.”
Oprah Winfrey

"... right on target for young people ... dramatic enough to hold their attention, realistic enough to be absolutely believable."
Dr. Timothy Johnson, Medical Editor, ABC News

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Words Can Work: When Talking With Kids About Sexual Health - Book
Young people and parents discuss puberty, values, relationships, postponing sex, and birth control. Experts, including former Surgeon General David Satcher, M.D., offer facts, strategies, and the words to help young people and families talk about these topics. (52 pp.) Read an excerpt.

"A great resource that beautifully combines conversations with youngsters, relevant information and commentary. This book will help parents and all who work with young people negotiate the challenge of talking to children about sexuality and their emergence into adulthood."
William R. Beardslee, MD Chairman, Department of Psychiatry, Children's Hospital Boston Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

"Sexuality educators are always looking for materials we can use with a variety of age groups and populations. This 'Words Can Work' book provides messages that will resonate with everyone, regardless of a person’s knowledge or comfort level about sexuality. Any educator who works with parents or caregivers should have this resource on their bookshelf. Keep it within easy reach; you'll use it often!"
Elizabeth Schroeder, EdD, MSW, Executive Director, Answer (http://answer.rutgers.edu)

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The Power of Girls: Inside and Out - DVD
Girls tell how friends, parents, or other caregivers helped them handle bullying, eating disorders, early sexual activity, and deep loss. 20 minutes. Recommended for Grades 5 through 12, parents and other caregivers. Discussion Guide available on the DVD or can be downloaded here. View excerpt:



What People Are Saying...

“The video has great models for girls who have found the strength to accept themselves and act in their best interest, sometimes in the face of very negative messages about who they should be and how they should act.”
Bernice T. Humphrey, National Program Department, Girls Incorporated

"The thoughtful real life stories told in the videos...will help teens think about and make wise choices and help adults better understand how to reach out to support young people."
Catherine Steiner-Adair, Ed.D., Harvard Medical School

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Raising Healthy Kids: Families Talk About Sexual Health - DVD
Programs #1 and #2 Communication about sexual health begins at birth. These parents and young people tell how they discuss sexual health. Experts offer insight to help families start and continue these important conversations. With discussion guides. 20 minutes each.Discussion Guide available on the DVD or can be downloaded here.
Discussion Guide for Program #1
Discussion Guide for Program #2 View excerpts:



What People Are Saying...

"Parents and sexuality educators finally have a thoughtful, well-produced video resource to facilitate discussion about sexuality."
Debra Hauser, Advocates for Youth

“... an extraordinarily valuable tool in helping parents communicate with their children about sexuality, enhancing their ability to make healthy decisions throughout life.”
John P. Steward, M.D., The Episcopal Diocese of California

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Raising Healthy Kids: Families Talk About Sexual Health - DVD
Program #1 For parents of young children Addresses setting limits, labeling body parts, how babies are made, self-touch, appropriate/inappropriate touch and more. 20 minutes. Recommended for parents and other caregivers. Discussion Guide available on the DVD or can be downloaded here. Special Offer! $74.99 (a 25% discount) until 8/31/14. View excerpt:



What People Are Saying...

"... offers a clear and important message: parents are a child's best teacher about love, sex and values. Many parents will find these well-crafted videos useful aids in starting these critical discussions with their kids." Sarah Brown, Director, National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy

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Raising Healthy Kids: Families Talk About Sexual Health - DVD
Program #2 For parents of preadolescents and adolescents Addresses sharing values, keeping communication open, postponing sexual intercourse, avoiding absolutes, building strong relationships and more. 20 minutes. Recommended for parents and other caregivers. Discussion Guide available on the DVD or can be downloaded here. Special Offer! $74.99 (a 25% discount) until 8/31/14. View excerpt:



What People Are Saying...

"Raising Healthy Kids: Families Talk About Sexual Health can help families get beyond scare messages, opening communication about healthy sexuality and responsible decision-making."
Heather Johnston-Nicholson, Ph.D., Assoc., Ex. Dir. for Research, Program and Training, Girls Incorporated

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Steroids: True Stories Hosted by Curt Schilling - DVD
Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling tells about Craig’s anabolic steroid abuse. Craig, his parents and sister describe their five-year “nightmare.” Nate, 18, builds strength naturally. Roberto Olivardia, Ph.D., Harvard Medical School, answers FAQ. 20 minutes. Recommended for grades 6 through college, parents and other caregivers. Discussion Guide available on the DVD or can be downloaded here. View excerpt:



A portion of the proceeds from Steroids: True Stories Hosted by Curt Schilling will be donated to Curt's Pitch for ALS.

What People Are Saying...

“If you’re a head coach of a program, I hope you will take the time to show everybody in your program the DVD - from Varsity to JV to the freshmen team. If you have young assistant coaches, make sure you watch it together and talk about how to discuss the issue of steroids with your athletes. If we’re not willing to have the conversation, we’re not going to fix the problem.”
Peter Roby, Athletic Director, Northeastern University

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TIPS for Parents of Children of All Ages - Two-sided card
Tips for starting and continuing open communication with young people (two-sided card).

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Words Can Work: Kids and Healthy Lifestyles - DVD
(12-minute DVD with Discussion Guide) Young people describe becoming more physically active and making healthier food choices a result of conversations with parents or other caring adults. Ideal resource to support adults in talking with young people about nutrition, physical activity and other factors related to childhood obesity. Recommended for parents/caregivers and professionals who work with youth and families. Discussion Guide can be downloaded here. View excerpt:



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Healthy Lifestyles Tip Cards - Two-sided card
Two-sided tip cards for starting and continuing open communication with young people about physical activity, nutrition, healthy weight and other topics related to childhood obesity.

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Sex Education in America: AIDS and Adolescence - DVD
This 60-minute program examines the effectiveness of abstinence until marriages and comprehensive sexuality curricula, and features interviews with experts, teens, parents and educators. For educators, parents and School Boards.

"Sex Education in America: AIDS and Adolescence has been an invaluable asset in helping me shed a realistic light on what sometimes seems a confusing topic. When communities wanted to learn more about the accurate nature of AIDS education controversies, your video served as an effective educational tool. We utilize the video with a wide variety of community members, including parents, administrators, teachers, and school board officials." Maribeth Ransel, Indianapolis Department of Education

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What Works: Sexuality Education - DVD
This 20-minute program examines the effectiveness of abstinence until marriages and comprehensive sexuality curricula, and features interviews with experts, teens, parents and educators. This is an abridged version of the hour-long documentary, Sex Education in America: AIDS and Adolescence. For educators, parents and School Boards.

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