Prevention Specialists accomplish many of their goals by bringing individuals and organizations together in the form of coalitions working toward common goals. Working with community-based organizations is a way to maximize impact while generating the best buy-in for your efforts.
Community Assessment (P401)
A community assessment is a comprehensive description of your target community. The assessment process is a systematic gathering and analysis of data about the community your coalition or agency serves. Participants will learn the process and available data sources for the purpose of identifying and addressing local alcohol, tobacco and other drug problems.
Coalition Building and Maintenance (P402)
This course will examine methods for building a common agenda. Participants will learn how to effectively work with various aspects of communities to affect change and mobilize typical and atypical resources. Participants will learn skills to develop a coalition of community stakeholders (including volunteers) to collaborate on prevention programming. We will de-mystify the process of coalition-building including how to develop goals, by-laws, mission statements and objectives.
Coordinating Community Prevention Activities (P403)
In this course participants will increase their knowledge in working to build community ownership of prevention programs by collaborating with key community leaders and members when planning, implementing and evaluating a program. Additionally skills for providing technical assistance to those key leaders and members of the community will be addressed. Participants will also be able to identify and describe the application of prevention strategies in various settings.