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CHOICE stands for Court Help On Increasing Control & Effectiveness and is a parent education program for parents of children that are placed on probation with the Family Division of the Oakland County Circuit Court.

Parents attend the CHOICE program for a variety of reasons: some are ordered by the courts, and others attend voluntarily. In most cases, parent education is a component of the Intensive Probation program.

What to expect

Licensed, experienced psychologists run all CHOICE groups. Groups range in size from six to twelve members. All  groups are held in the evening and last one-and-a-half hours.  Meetings are held in three different geographic areas for the parents convenience: Pontiac, Walled Lake and Troy, and runs on an eight-week cycle.

CHOICE teaches about the elements of effective parenting and focuses on important discipline skills and techniques. Parents are taught how to handle behavioral problems while increasing their youngster's self-esteem. By learning a number of discipline techniques, parents have more choices when it comes to using effective and appropriate discipline.