The Teen Challenge International core curriculum (used for instruction, classroom settings and individual study) consists of 14 subsequent workbooks and student manuals including: ‘Attitudes,’ ‘Temptation,’ ‘Successful Christian Living,’ ‘Growing through Failure,’ ‘Christian Practices,’ ‘Obedience to God,’ ‘Obedience to Man,’ ‘Anger and Personal Rights,’ ‘How to Study the Bible,’ ‘Loving Others and Accepting Myself,’ and ‘Personal Relationships With Others.’
Throughout the curriculum students are encouraged to develop healthy self-esteem, set goals and accomplish them, treat others with respect, seek accountability, cultivate personal responsibility, personal discipline and personal awareness, avoid high-risk situations, change harmful attitudes and behavior, make and fulfill commitments, seek healthy relationships, seek meaningful work and activities, and practice self-control. The curriculum’s foundation finds its roots in love – love from God, love for the body, mind and spirit, and love towards others. Teen Challenge contends that these qualities, principles and behaviors are possible as a result of a personal and transforming spiritual experience. We believe, this perspective produces a sense of dignity, self-worth, hope, identity and personal empowerment for each participant. While all of the classes and curriculum are based upon standards of conduct consistent with the Christian faith, many also incorporate instruction, skills, and tools consistent with research and secular models of recovery support and relapse prevention.
Attitudes (attitudes towards others, developing new attitudes and outlooks, changing unhealthy thoughts and behavior, responsibility for personal attitudes and behavior, how personal behavior effects others, how to live in an attitude of love)
Temptation (coping with temptation, recognizing and identifying behavior options, goal setting, identifying triggers, avoiding high-risk environments and situations, consistency, commitment, risk factors for temptation, admitting, identifying and evaluating failure, hope, overcoming temptation, discipline and personal awareness, changing harmful desires, recognized unmet or unfulfilled needs, planning for the future)
Successful Christian Living (managing and changing attitudes and behavior, changing harmful perceptions, understanding, responding and choosing methods of conduct, goal-setting and personal development, identity and value, community membership, basing goals and decisions on meaning, spiritual direction, ‘producing fruit’ (faith into action), accountability).
Growing Through Failure (failure and temptation, overcoming past failures and new temptations, responding to failure, outlooks on failure, understanding personal problems, individual responsibility as a result of failure (asking for forgiveness and restitution), dealing with boredom and stress, balanced growth, goal-setting)
Christian Practices (choices and behavior, community membership, discipline and management of personal resources, taking care of the body, spiritual instruction)
Obedience to God (attitudes and motives, accountability, relationships with others, how good choices produce good outcomes, the effects of personal behavior on others, consequences of negative behavior, spiritual instruction)
Obedience to Man (character development, respect for law and authority, discipline, personal responsibility, responsibility to others, intentions and motives, conflict resolution and anger management)
Anger and Personal Rights (anger management, how not to harm others through anger, conflict resolution, personal responsibility)
How to Study the Bible (spiritual instruction, community membership, asking for help from God and others, discipline)
How Can I Know that I am a Christian? (spiritual instruction, commitment, emotional development and sharing with others)
Love and Accepting Myself (self-esteem, identifying individual gifts and talents, how to show love, boundaries, principles of love (I Corinthians 13), goal-setting, personal development)
Personal Relationships with Others (how to be a good friend, healthy intimate relationships, how to prepare for a successful marriage, family reunification, self-control, anger management, personal boundaries)
Spiritual Power and the Supernatural (faith, belief, trust and hope, evaluating and integrating commitment, planning for the future, learning from personal difficulties, recognizing and identifying limitations and asking for help, finding purpose and meaning through difficult circumstances, spiritual instruction).