Structured Psychotherapy for Adolescents Responding to Chronic Stress (SPARCS) is a strength-based group model for youth ages 12 – 21 who are living with ongoing stress or experiencing problems in several areas of functioning. Treatment consists of 16 one-hour sessions. SPARCS can be delivered in a variety of settings including outpatient clinics, school, and residential treatment facilitates. SPARCS has also been delivered in juvenile justice and child welfare settings.

Increase effective coping skills; Enhance self-efficacy and self-esteem; Cultivate awareness and mindfulness; Create meaning relative to experiences; Master developmental tasks unique to adolescence; Optimize communication and problem-solving skills.