It is impossible to be an effective Prevention Specialist without a solid foundation of knowledge about all aspects of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs. Whether educating youth with and evidence-based curriculum or testifying before the legislature to advocate for system-wide change, you must have your facts straight and be able to communicate that knowledge effectively.
Dynamics and Process of ATOD Dependency and Abuse (P201)
In this course participants will identify major drug categories, learn about the addiction spectrum from abstinence to dependency and different models of ATOD abuse in all contexts of the Bio-psycho- social model. Defense mechanisms common to addicts and alcoholics will also be discussed. This is a core class for those planning to take the CPS exam and an excellent refresher for more seasoned professionals. This class reminds us how we can make a difference in the lives of our clients or in the communities where we work.
Impact of Substance Use Disorders on Families and Larger Systems (P202)
This course is designed to explore the complex relationship of family dysfunction, alcohol and drug abuse and prevention. Interactive exercises will be used to present adaptive roles and defense mechanisms of both addicted individuals and their family members. Strategies for assisting individuals and families will be discussed in depth.
Prevention Issues with Special Populations (P203)
You can't put a round peg into a square hole. This course presents information about children, adolescents, older adults, LGBTQ individuals, individuals with disabilities, individuals with mental illness and community professionals to help the prevention specialist make programming relevant to the target audience. This interactive class will benefit prevention staff by identifying community resources and risk factors specific to each population.
Prevention of Violent and Compulsive Behaviors (P204)
This course will reinforce the correlation between substance abuse and the eight different types of violence, including domestic violence, gangs, school violence, hate crimes, and child abuse among others. The role of the perpetrator and victim will be discussed. The course will also focus on specific compulsive behaviors including, gambling, eating disorders and gaming.
Presentation Skills (P205)
This course will provide instructions on how to design a presentation template. It will enable attendee to learn methods for engaging the audience, e.g. appropriate use of humor, ice breakers, audiovisual, handouts, exercises, etc.; how to identify the "dos and don'ts" of effective presentations; identify audience management techniques; and, deliver a sample presentation and receive constructive feedback.