Professional Development Workshops

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Professional Development Workshops

We specialize in Professional Development (PD) Workshops aligned with the Strategic Prevention Framework (SAMHSA). The main goal of our PD Workshops is to keep you up to date on current prevention trends, to help you to develop new skills for advancement in your field, and to help you create safer, healthier communities.

Our Workshops are created as a blended-learning experience. They include asynchronous, self-paced, interactive lessons, and live online, cohort-based webinars with practice and feedback. These engaging experiences empower participants to implement new strategies immediately.

Each Workshop is scheduled for 3-4 hours (including independent learning), depending on group size.

A foundational PD for all prevention planners and providers. Learn to apply the Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF), designed as a comprehensive approach to understanding and addressing behavioral health problems facing your unique community and complex environmental contexts. The SPF includes:

  1. Assessment: Identify local prevention needs based on data (e.g., What is the problem?)
  2. Capacity: Build local resources and readiness to address prevention needs (e.g., What do you have to work with?)
  3. Planning: Find out what works to address prevention needs and how to do it well (e.g., What should you do and how should you do it?)
  4. Implementation: Deliver evidence-based programs and practices as intended (e.g., How can you put your plan into action?)
  5. Evaluation: Examine the process and outcomes of programs and practices (e.g., Is your plan succeeding?)

The SPF is also guided by two cross-cutting principles that should be integrated into each of the steps that comprise it:

  • Cultural competence. The ability of an individual or organization to understand and interact effectively with people who have different values, lifestyles, and traditions based on their distinctive heritage and social relationships.
  • Sustainability. The process of building an adaptive and effective system that achieves and maintains desired long-term results.

Social Emotional Learning (SEL)

Providing an overview of SEL, its short-term effects and long-term benefits, this interactive workshop prepares your staff to engage with youth in trauma-informed, supportive ways. Participants leave this event inspired with action plans and concrete goals based on the latest SEL science.

Emotional Intelligence & Self-Care for Adults

This training emphasizes the importance of Emotional Intelligence (EQ) and provides techniques to increase EQ within oneself, along with additional information on self-care, so that you can be most effective in your work and personal lives and avoid burn-out.

Trauma-Informed Approaches with Youth

Learn about the many ways that trauma affects youth and gain a theoretical understanding and practical approaches to working with these youth to promote healthy, positive behavior and optimal brain development.

Developing Adult Allies (Series)

This Workshop Series will help you engage and earn trusting relationships with youth while building the capacity of young people to eventually lead. Topics in this Series include:

  • Staying Fluid in your Leadership Roles
  • Developing Positive and Supportive Relationships
  • Transformative Power of Reversing Responsibility

Safe vs Unhealthy Relationships

A healthy, loving relationship creates a safe space for personal growth and provides a sense of belonging, love, and integrity. Topics include gender socialization, equality in a relationship, creating a foundation of respect, and recognizing unhealthy relationships.

Presentations (for Teens and/or Families)

Our interactive and engaging Presentations are tailored to the audience: middle school-aged youth, high school-aged youth, adult parents/guardians, or youth-serving staff. Currently, all presentations are offered remotely, but can successfully be delivered as a school-wide assembly, to an entire class, or as an online seminar on a connected device.

Each Presentation is scheduled for 90 minutes-2 hours, depending on group size.

T = For Teen audiences

P = For Parents/guardians and youth-serving staff

Teen Dating Violence Prevention (T, P)

This carefully crafted Presentation educates teens on healthy relationships, as well as signs, types, and consequences of relationship abuse. We have adapted this Presentation for three separate audiences: high school students, middle school students, and parents of teens.

Taking STEPS to Healthy Decision Making (T)

This fun, interactive presentation teaches STEPS, a deliberate decision-making process, and then helps youth practice how to use STEPS for healthy decisions, to improve moods, decrease drug use, and improve school smarts.

Domestic Violence 101 (P)

This engaging training discusses healthy and unhealthy relationships, recognizing the dynamics of violence – including teen dating violence – and the complex impact of domestic violence on families, individuals, and communities.

Social Media 101 (P)

An overview of current trends and typical pitfalls of social media popular with today’s youth. We’ll discuss finding a healthy balance of screen time and optional parental controls for safeguarding your child.

The Basics of Substance Abuse (P)

From a place of non-judgement, we’ll cover prevalent trends in teen drug use, current terminology, and warning signs that a teen may be using drugs or alcohol. We’ll share some promising data about today’s teens’ choices and as well as harm reduction and prevention techniques that concerned parents can utilize.

Human Trafficking Prevention (P)

Human trafficking survivors are often trafficked by those familiar or close to them, including family members or romantic partners. Learn about the intersection of domestic violence and trafficking, how to identify warning signs that someone may be a victim, and safe help-seeking techniques.

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