A Step Forward



Champlain Valley Family Center provides comprehensive substance use prevention services to Clinton County youth and families. Prevention staff from CVFC delivers Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) approved evidenced based curriculums to students in grades 6-12 to schools in Clinton County.  The curricula are designed to educate and build skills around the following key areas:  self-esteem, bullying, alcohol and substances, stress management, making healthy decisions, coping with anger, assertiveness, resisting peer pressure and resolving conflicts. Prevention Counselors work closely with school personnel to assure the district’s needs are being met.


Prevention staff from CVFC also provides individual sessions to students who are referred for a variety of reasons to Include:  interpersonal relations, family problems, alcohol use, substance use, behavior problems, truancy or a crisis. The frequency of sessions is dependent on the student’s needs.


Environmental strategies focus on community-wide, proactive approaches that promote pro-social healthy behaviors.  In Clinton County, CVFC has implemented “Talk 2 Prevent, Text 2 Prevent.”  We also facilitate the bi-annual Sticker Shock campaign “Parents Who Host Lose The Most.”  This initiative targets adults to raise awareness of the legal consequences of providing alcohol to those who are under 21 years of age.


Environmental strategies focus on community-wide, proactive approaches that promote pro-social healthy behaviors.  Examples of current strategies that CVFC is implementing in Clinton County include:  Talk 2 Prevent, Text to Prevent.  CVFC also facilitates bi-annual Sticker Shock Campaigns “Parents Who Host Loose the Most”, focused educating adults regarding the laws related to hosting underage drinking.

Prevention Team

Champlain Valley Family Center counselors provide individual counseling and group prevention instruction in 6 schools in Clinton County and work under the supervision of Nichole Christiansen.


Prevention Services Director

Nichole Christiansen has worked in the prevention services field since 2008.  Nichole’s work experience in the field includes: Prevention Educator/ Program Coordinator for Champlain Valley Family Center as part of the Safe Schools, Healthy Students Initiative in Clinton and Essex Counties (2008-2015), Program Specialist for Families and Schools Together Inc. (2014-2017), and most recently Prevention Director for Champlain Valley Family Center (2017-Present).   She holds a Masters of Education with a Certificate of Advance Studies in Counseling from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh.  Nichole has been a Credentialed Prevention Professional since July, 2014.  She is a national trainer for Families and Schools together as well as a local trainer for Bridges out of Poverty, Getting Ahead While Getting Out, Getting Ahead in a Just Getting by World, Trauma Informed Care; Building Trauma Sensitive Services,  and Question, Persuade, Refer; Gatekeeper training for Suicide Prevention.   Nichole is dedicated to the prevention of substance use disorders and is committed the overall health of youth.

Vern Witherbee, CASAC-T
Charlena Scroggins, BSW, CRPA-P
Lisa Caito, MS
Tiffany Titus
Stefanie Wallace
Makayla Willett, B.A., B.S.

We specialize in...

Substance Use Treatment

School-Based Prevention

Community-Based Prevention

Supportive Housing

Intensive Family Support Program

Tobacco-Free Clinton, Franklin & Essex

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