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Developed by Leslie F. Clark, Ph.D. and Kim Miller, Ph.D., AIM is a youth development intervention designed to reduce STI risk behaviors among youth; it also has implications for other youth-related risk behaviors. The intervention is based on the Theory of Possible Selves, which states that a person’s motivation is determined by a balance of positive and negative ways people see themselves in the future. Dr. Micheal L. Benjamin-Robinson, LCSW-BACS, has extensive experience with adolescent, youth, and young-adult behavioral interventions and has in-depth practical knowledge of the Theory of Possible Selves.
Further, Dr. Benjamin-Robinson was trained on the AIM intervention in 2011, and in 2016 he became one of two Louisianans to complete training and become a Trainer-of-Trainers for AIM.
As a mental health practitioner with over 25 years of public health behavior change intervention experience, Dr. Benjamin-Robinson, and his team, are ready to support your youth in making healthier decisions.
Implementing AIM encourages at-risk youth to imagine a positive future and discuss how current risk behaviors can hinder successful adulthood. It has been shown to increase sexual abstinence and decrease disciplinary actions such as school suspensions among middle school youth. The following are its content core elements:
1. Engage youth in thinking about a positive possible future self.
2. Engage youth in present actions to achieve future success.
3. Encourage youth to safeguard the future through risk reduction.