Essential Proteen

Essential Proteen
A Life Skills Program for Helping Teens Succeed
Student Journal
High School
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Essential Proteen: A Life Skills Program for Helping Teens Succeed


For grades 9-12, the Essential Proteen program:

  • Teaches the importance of understanding and applying the concepts of Goals, Motivation, Opportunity & Decision-Making, Knowing Yourself, and Managing & Facilitating Change.
  • Develops the skills of students who are already self-aware and motivated, and for increasing knowledge and skills in students who are challenged in these areas.
  • Provides students with fundamental tools to navigate and plan for their personal, academic and professional lives.
  • Teaches students to learn to become better decision-makers, have ownership of their choices, and eventually feel confident and secure as they mature into adulthood.

The Student Journal is an integral part of the program and a copy should be provided for each participant. It includes skill lessons, fill-in-the-blank exercises, key word definitions, discussion questions, and journal pages for personal reflection.

Table of Contents

What This Program Is All About


  • Unit 1: Goals - Students learn how to write and set both short and long-term goals. They learn how to determine if a goal is realistic, and how to write a goal that is measurable in order to track progress. Finally, students grow to understand how setting appropriate goals can help them to clarify exactly what it is they would like to accomplish.
  • Unit 2: Motivation - Students actively explore what motivates them to accomplish tasks, and why motivation is so important in achieving goals. They discuss when they are easily motivated, and in what situations they find it difficult to become motivated. Finally, they examine how to become motivated in those difficult situations.
  • Unit 3: Opportunity & Decision-Making - Students learn how to recognize opportunity based upon their motivators and goals, and how to seek counsel from family, friends, and professionals when making important decisions.
  • Unit 4: Know Yourself - Knowing one's self involves making life choices based upon what one values and holds as personal truth. Students explore their likes and dislikes, recognize what their strengths and weaknesses are and identify what characteristics they see as making up their true personality. Once this is done, students are helped to make connections to the previous units by investigating how important it may be to base motivations, goals, and decisions in their true selves.
  • Unit 5: Change - Facing change in life is inevitable. This unit demonstrates to students that by being an active participant in their own lives, they can often manage and facilitate change based upon their values and goals. This final unit taps into each student's ability to ultimately be responsible for their own path in life, and to recognize the potential impact that they can have on their own lives and in the lives of others.

My Thoughts

  • Short-Term Goals Chart
  • Long-Term Goals Chart
  • Journal Pages

In-service training or consultation can be provided for schools, facilities, or organizations nationwide. For more information and available dates, please contact:

Mia Adler Ozair, MA, LPCC, NCC
Beverly Hills Professional Clinical Counseling, Inc.
6399 Wilshire Blvd #1021
Los Angeles CA 90048

Office: 310.464.5226

Author Interview

Mia Adler Ozair (formerly Mia Sharon Adler) provides insightful and practical information about her easy-to-use life skills program for teens in this recent interview for Research Press. Essential Proteen: A Life Skills Program for Helping Teens Succeed has been accepted by the American School Counseling Association (ASCA) as a professional resource.

What do you believe are the major issues and challenges teens face today?

Some of the issues that teens face today are age-old and ever-lasting. For example, deciding on whom to associate with, how to navigate relationships with parents, family, and friends, and decisions surrounding peer pressure on matters of sex, drugs, and general behavior are all still prevalent. Today, however, teens face a remarkable new set of challenges relating to internet exposure and social media interaction. Things like easy access to adult information, pornography, and cyber-bullying are very real and can play a damaging role in the lives of teens. The role of the Essential Proteen program is to build up a teen’s sense of self-understanding so that he or she will feel strong enough to make thoughtful and responsible decisions when facing any of the above mentioned challenges.

What are some ways that teachers and parents can better support teens?

Communication is key. Most teens, if they know they will be met with an open heart and a non-judgmental ear, will reach out for help to teachers, counselors, and/or parents. Our job to support teens is to, at the most basic level; let them know we are there for them unconditionally and that whatever situation is presenting itself will be dealt with fairly and with care.

In what ways can a school, program, or community center implement the Essential Proteen program?

The beauty of this program is that it is highly flexible and can be woven in to almost any environment. Although the units are inter-related, they are not dependent upon each other and therefore can be presented as an entire course or based upon one specific unit. I’ve seen the program offered independently through counseling centers in schools or community programs, as well as integrated into a health or other academic course. The program is also excellent in small group format or as a tool for one-on-one coaching with a teen to help structure the work together.

What was your motivation for creating the Essential Proteen program?

I love teens and the period of adolescent development. So much is taking place in the lives of teens that will mold them as they enter adulthood. My goal with the program is to teach essential life skills that can help create strong, responsible individuals. Many of the mistakes that teens make are simply because they didn’t know better or have a tool box with great tools and skills to choose from. This course changes all of that. This course empowers teens to make educated decisions that will support them as they mature in life.

What would you say is the most profound feedback you have heard about the Essential Proteen program?

There are many testimonials on the Research Press website that I love reviewing. When I have a student come to me or write to me telling me that this program will enable them to work towards their dreams and goals, and that the skills they have learned through this program had a life-changing impact, to me that is what it is all about. To see those light-bulb moments while teaching the course, to have teachers share with me the insights their students reveal through the journal—it can’t get any better than that!

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A Life Skills Program for Helping Teens Succeed
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