Responsibility Awareness Program (RAP)
Marijuana Awareness Program (MAP)
Theft Awareness Program (TAP)
Life Awareness Program - Adolescent (LAP)
Areas of Focus
Major Traffic Violations
Personal Cyber Safety
A Strong Hand Up (ASHU) is a mandated education company focused on providing the educational components for probation agencies called Civics Academy. Civics Academy Level 1 & 2 programs are effective, accessible and affordable. We approach these issues in a non-traditional manner by focusing on full completion, information retention, probation communication and avoidance of revocation. Civics Academy has taken a firm step forward by adding a civics review to all of our courses as we are of the strong opinion that the teaching of the broader meaning of citizenship has been absent in our educational systems as well as the media. Completion of one of our courses represents more than just fulfilling another condition, it represents a positive shift in behavioral choice, prevention of offenders going further into the criminal justice system and more responsible citizenship. We offer a strong hand up by providing cutting-edge instruction that helps participants become the productive people we want living in our communities.
Putting the "Strong" in a Hand Up
Chip has over 27 years of behavioral health experience since receiving his Masters in Social Work from The University of Georgia in 1991. He is a licensed clinical social worker and psychotherapist in the state of Georgia and has worked in both the public and private sector in the areas of community mental health, crisis intervention, private practice and court services. Through years of experience providing services to the local court system, he saw the need to expand and improve offender education resulting in A Strong Hand Up. He and the ASHU Civics Academy team are focused on developing a cutting edge approach to building productive citizens. Chip currently serves on the Board of Advisors for the University of Georgia School of Social Work as well as the Georgia Composite Board of Professional Counselors, Social Workers and Marriage and Family Therapists.
What They Are Saying
"Civics Academy provides effective and professional classes that our court can safely endorse and depend on."
Probation Agency in Georgia
"Civics Academy is providing modern believable material that offenders can connect with that helps them make better choices."
Probate Judge in Georgia
"The Civics Academy class I took helped me understand how to take responsibility for my actions. I also learned what it means to be a better citizen overall. It was almost worth making the mistake that led me there."
Questions or Feedback
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