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Glossary of Terms

Experiential Learning
This is the process of education between student and teacher that works through experience with the educational environoment and educational content.
Helping Systems
Helping Systems are a broad range of health and human services services that encompass a vast array of organizations that provide them.  These services consume large parts of federal, state, local, and private budgets. The services are often critical for individuals.
Same Day Access
A service provided by Sweetser for rapid access to a wide variety of behavioral health and substance abuse services.
Stressors are conditions, external stimuli, or events that causes a stress response.  An event that triggers the stress response may include:
  • environmental conditions such as loud noises, too much light, or overcrowding
  • daily events like traffic and lost keys
  • life changes like death and divorce
  • workplace incidents like reviews, promotions, demotions, and poor communications
  • physical stimuli which can include tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs
Stressors can result in a crisis situation.

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I was the first kid to enter the Portland Cottage Offender Program (in 1992) when I was 12. The staff there saved my life. I could never verbalize the gratitude I have for everyone there who helped me become the kind, honest and sincere man I am today. My hope is, to some day soon, be able to...

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